Rev Up Your Winter Adventures: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Snowmobile for the Season
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.
- 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.
Give your battery a full charge and voltage check!
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).
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:
- Edge cord
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.
It’s always important to check your intake and exhaust for any rodents that may have found their way in.
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
- Brake fluid
- Chaincase Oil
That should do it! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!