Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I mostly use my Prowler for gathering firewood and keeping my 2km driveway plowed. This year we have had much more snow than usual, so have been needing to work the machine for longer periods, but always with some care and caution so as to avoid damaging anything. However, on Sunday it stopped suddenly in the middle of a plowing run. After getting it to my dealer, I learned that the oil had cooked and burnt out the main crank shaft bearings. Apparently the snow had clogged both the coolant and oil radiators and it had been running and overheating. At least that is the only thing that we can think of to have caused the problem. It only has 188 hours on it and the oil was fine when I checked it a few days earlier. Three questions: 1. Has anyone else heard of such a thing happening? (I live in the Yukon and it was about -15F on Sunday.) I confess to never having thought about the possibility of snow and ice clogging the rads and, concentrating on staying out of the ditch, watching my plow edge, I obviously missed the temp indicator on the instrument display. 2. The dealer is estimating $4000 for repairs (about 50/50 labour and parts, est. 18 hours labour). Does anyone have any suggestions for how this might be reduced? 3. Do you think Arctic Cat might be willing to help? I have to say that I am thoroughly disillusioned with the Prowler. I told the dealer what I needed it to do before I purchased it (Sept 07) and was assured that plowing a 2km driveway would not present a problem. Now he is saying that I am using it in a way that is quite demanding and I should not be surprised that it is not up to the challenge. Thanks for any advice and recommendations!