Getting Your Snowmobile in Working Order Before You Hit the Trails
Can you feel it in the air? The cold nights, the crisp wind, winter is almost here! It’s been a great summer and fall for ATV and dirtbike riding, but now it’s time to give your snowmobile it’s time to shine! But before you hit the trails for the day with your buds, you have to make sure that your snowmobile is ready for the season. Here’s everything that should be on your snowmobile maintenance checklist this year!
Snowmobile Maintenance Tips and Checklist
One thing you want to do before starting any of this is to take a look at your owner’s manual. Make sure that you know any critical information about fluid types your ride requires, manufacturer suggestions for track tension and anything else. This will give you an idea of how things should look and feel, and it’s also going to keep you from voiding your warranty!
Before you start really getting into anything, you just want to give the entire snowmobile a quick visual inspection. You’re just looking for any sort of major cracks, dents, breaks, or anything else out of the ordinary. Take a look at your drive belt, how your rear suspension is sitting, and everything else.
Make a checklist of anything you note. Even if it’s not critical, it’s something you can get to when you have some time later on.
Fluid Levels and Filters
In a perfect world, we drained all the fluids from our snowmobile in spring after the season was over. That means gasoline, coolant, and brake fluid. If you’re like me and you’re a little less than perfect, you want to drain your old gasoline at the very least. Gasoline that’s been sitting over spring and summer can deteriorate and really reduce your snowmobile’s performance.
Top off any coolant or brake fluid that your snowmobile needs. Or if you want to strive for that perfect, drain them and replace them entirely. As far as your filters go, you should be replacing them every 1,000 miles or so. If you replaced yours at the end of last season, you should be all set to go!
Check Your Electronics
Make sure that your head and tail lights are in working order. Replace any bulbs as needed. It’s also a good idea to check your battery. Especially if you have an electric starter. If it’s not holding a proper charge, it’s time to swap it out. You don’t want to be 20 miles in the woods with a snowmobile that you can’t start.
Check Your Skis and Adjust Your Track
Your skis are one of the most important parts of your snowmobile, so you want to make sure they’re ready for riding season. If you have steel skis, you want to inspect them for any holes in them. For plastic skis, you want to look for any major gouges, and replace if necessary.
Of course, your track is just as important for traction and handling. Check for any tears, missing lugs, or if you’ve studded your track, any missing studs. Then you want to adjust it for proper tension that feels comfortable for you. Take the play out of it, but don’t tighten it too much!
Break Out the Grease Gun
That’s if you didn’t already apply chaincase oil in the Spring. If you didn’t, no worries! Your snowmobile won’t suffer for sitting with the old oil. But make sure that you change your chaincase oil at least once every year.
Polish it Up!
One final step is to just give your baby a little TLC! Clean it, polish it, get all that dirt and grime off of it and make it shine like new! The cleaner you keep your ride the better it will perform over the years.
Snowmobile Maintenance Tips for Getting Ready for Riding Season
Getting your snowmobile ready for winter doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Most of these snowmobile maintenance tips take only a few minutes, and they’re great for giving your ride a long, healthy life. There are plenty of other repair jobs you can do yourself that are also going to give you a better ride. We hope you’re snow-season, and hopefully, this gives you a little help getting there!