My motor locked up 8 miles into the sled's first trip this year. I took the sled into my dealer (Ron and Brian's in Waukegan, IL) and Brian confirmed the damage, a mag side bearing locked up. I let Brian know that I was very aware of this issue on the '00 700 twins, and I would like to pursue warranty on the repairs. I argued that Ski-Doo knew of the problems and never recalled the machines. He agreed and began discussions with the service rep. but was told it was too many months out of warranty and they weren't willing to help.
Brian also said he was referred to a different part number for an updated crank with new flywheel weights.
My cost was almost $1,400 U.S. for just the crank.
I then called Ski-Doo customer service and stated my case to them, and also argued that the updated crank proves that there were issues with that motor. Got the same response-no help.
Went back to the dealer and asked how I could fix my existing crank so this would not happen again. He wasn't sure if there was anything that could be done and called the service rep. again. The rep. said that if I rebuild this crank it will probably happen again. Brian argued that it wasn't fair to tell a customer he couldn't do routine maintenance on his existing crank and has to spend an extra $1400 to properly fix the sled. The rep. agreed and authorized a warranty crank(part only).
The repairs included a case modification also. The oil port for the mag side bearings gets plugged off. Just the opposite of what you'd think. They told me that the isoflex grease that is packed into the bearings is a permanent grease and the fuel/oil mixture washes it out.
While the sled was apart I had new pistons and wrist pins/bearings installed.
Oh, by the way, that isoflex grease I mentioned? $58.28
pistons? $164.77 ea.
gasket set was $175.07
All said and done parts and labor was $1,129.61 with Ski-Doo paying for the crank. Ouch.
I couldn't be happier with Ron and Brian's dealership. Brian spent a LOT of time trying to get warranty for me, and I didn't even buy this sled from him. The last time I talked to him he had two more 700's with the same problem and Ski-Doo is giving him a hard time about warranty two weeks after they O.K.d mine. Go figure.
I hope this helps someone else get warranty. They should have recalled them in the first place, and I would still have $1,129.61 in the bank.
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