How To Change The Drive Belt on a Can-Am Maverick X3


– Hey what’s up everybody? Dustin here, with Rocky Mountain ATV MC. Today I’ll be showing
you how to change out the drive belt on the Can-Am Maverick X3. Okay, so if you’ve ever
fried a drive belt while out on the trail you know
how frustrating that can be. Especially if you’re not
equipped with the right tools. So today we’re gonna show you
how to change out the belt and what tools you wanna
have with you in case you find yourself in
the event where you’re out on the trail and you’ve
got a busted drive belt. Today we’ll be showing you how to do this on a 2017 Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo. Now the steps that we use
to change out the belt on this machine can be used on
any of the Can-Am X3 models. To do this job we’re just
going to need a few tools. Here we’ve got our CVT
tool, our driven open tool, which will be used to extract the belt from the secondary clutch. Then we’ve got our 10 and
13 millimeter hand wrench, a torques T30 wrench, and
a flat blade screwdriver. These four tools here will come stock with your machine’s tool kit. Then for this, today,
we’re gonna be using an OEM replacement drive belt from Can-Am but we do have a variety
of other after market drive belts that will fit your machine. And as always before
beginning any procedures or maintenance on your vehicle be sure to reference your service
manual for proper procedures, torque specs, and safety information. To begin, start by loosening the two clamps on the intake track. Then you can remove the intake track that’s connected to the clutch cover. Next, we can remove the
11 fasteners that secure the clutch cover to the housing
with our torques T30 tool. With the clutch cover removed we can now install the CVT driven pulley adapter. Next, we can install the driven
open or pulling locking tool into the pulley adapter. To spread the driven
clutches sheaves apart, tighten the tool. Once the secondary sheave is open you can begin to work the
belt off of the clutch. Once it’s free of the secondary, you can now remove it from the primary. Before installing the new
belt, be sure to look for the directional arrows, these
indicate the belts rotation. So the arrows should be on
the top side of the belt, facing towards the front of the machine. Now, Can-Am also recommends
that we inspect the belt and clean the sheaves every
year or every 2000 miles or every 100 hours of operation in standard trail conditions. Now if we’re subjecting our
machine to extreme conditions, you will want to inspect the
belt and clean the sheaves every 1000 miles, every one year, or every 50 hours of operation. Now, when installing the drive
belt we’ll want to place it over the primary sheave
first, and then we can begin to work it over
the secondary sheave. Then, we can begin to remove the tool. After the belt has been
installed and the tool removed, we need to rotate the driven clutch about five to seven times so that we can get the belt to set in
the proper location. Next, we can reinstall the clutch cover, install the 11 fasteners, and torque them to 4.4 foot pounds. Then, we can reinstall the intake duct. Then secure the two straps. All right, and that’s it, that’s how you swap out the drive belt on your X3. Now if you have any questions
as to what we’ve done here today, feel free
to leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to get
an answer back to you. Also, be sure to check out our website at where
you can find everything that you’ll need to keep
your machine in good shape, keep it maintained. Also, subscribe to our Youtube channel for more product spotlights,
tests, and how-tos. All right guys, that’s it for me. I’m Dustin with Rocky
Mountain, thanks for watching, and keep the wrenches turning.


14 Responses

  1. parkcitymacs

    October 9, 2017 9:34 pm

    Great video and well explained.  I had to help my buddy with his Can Am and this was useful. However, I will admit, this whole episode just adds more reasons to why I LOVE my Yamaha YXZ so MUCH!!   Also, I did not realize the Can Am belts cost more than a YXZ Barnett Clutch, carbon fiber, with springs; which you change in a YXZ at about 9,000 miles.  No regrets! Thanks!

  2. VanZander

    April 16, 2018 2:31 am

    Can you thread a bolt through the center of the tool? Or does it have to be the threaded hole on the side?

  3. Babak Sadeghpour

    October 3, 2018 8:21 pm

    I have heard that you should wash the new belt with soap and warm water before installing it, is this true? I have not blown a belt yet as I just recently purchased my Maverick X3 Max Xrs. I have purchased a spare belt just in case. I need to find out if washing it is required or not.

  4. Chris Baumgarten

    October 30, 2018 2:08 pm

    So much easier and cheaper than replacing the defective clutch in the YXZ.
    Glad I didn't buy the YXZ with NO low range. Poor design by Yamaha.

  5. Brandon Waldrop

    July 1, 2019 3:36 pm

    I purchased an 2019 Maverick x3 turbo R. I was told that I should always have an extra clutch belt on hand before going out riding. What aftermarket belts do you suggest, please?


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