Rev Up Your Winter Adventures: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Snowmobile for the Season

Posted by Danielle Goddard on

Hey there, snow enthusiasts! Can you feel that? Winter's just around the corner, and you know what that means – it's (almost) snowmobile season, baby! But before you can let loose, there's a little thing called "prep" that's itching for your attention. Think of it as giving your snowmobile a hug before the season begins. Grab your tools, oil, and rag because we're about to make sure your snowmobile is ready to rock and roll.

First: Handlebars

  • Squeeze the throttle and make sure it moves in a smooth motion and returns to its position quickly.
  • Do the same thing with the brake lever, making sure it doesn’t reach the handle and has good resistance.
  • Turn the handlebars all the way in both directions, keeping an eye out for any obstructions and anything getting caught.
  • Do an overall check for tightness in the throttle, brake, and grips.

Second: Battery

Give your battery a full charge and voltage check!

Third: Track

Move down to your track and test the tension and alignment. Once you’ve done that, move on to the rest of the track. Double-check for any damage and replace any broken or missing studs.

Spin each suspension wheel manually to check ease of movement.

Look at your sliders, skis & carbides to determine if they need to be replaced.

Pay attention to your skis to make sure they are lined up. The specification may vary depending on model. Typically, about 1/8" outward for the toe (total). 

Fourth: Lubrication

Service any lubrication points.

Fifth: Engine on

If it turned on, that’s step one. Take time to turn on all lights (headlights, taillight, and break light) and to check the emergency stop switch.

Take a close look at the drive belt and see if it needs replacing. Reference the checklist below for specifics:

  • Separation
  • Glazing
  • Edge cord
  • Narrowing

Check the chaincase oil level + condition. It's recommended to change every year. Verify chaincase chain tension, and adjustment should be finger tight, then back off 1/4 turn.

Sixth: Rodents

It’s always important to check your intake and exhaust for any rodents that may have found their way in.

Seventh: Leaks

Check for any leaks! A good way to do this is to grab a white rag and dab under and around the bottom of the snowmobile. Checklist below:

  • Shock absorber fluid
  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Grease
  • Chaincase Oil

That should do it! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!





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