Bring on the Snow: Prepping Your Snowmobile

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Nov 6, 2018 9:33:00 AM

Are you one of those people whose thumb twitches in anticipation of snow, and revving up your snowmobile for the first time?

You’re far from alone.

Whether you snowmobile for the views, to hang out with friends or family, clear your head from the demands of life or be one with nature, snowmobiling is a lifestyle that appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Before the trails open for the season, here are a few tips and tricks to get your machine in tip-top shape.

One of the most important parts of snowmobile prep is checking the machine’s track for any damage that may have occurred last year. Look for cracks and missing pieces, and make the track has the proper tension and hasn’t worn down to a dangerous level. Lastly, make sure each part of the track is present, including all clips.

The snowmobile’s drive belt, found under the hood, is the next thing to inspect.  Check for wear, cracks or signs it may be starting to fray. A good rule of thumb is to carry a spare drive belt with you I case of an emergency. While under the hood, also check the tension and condition of the fan belts and water pump belts.

Next, do a visual check of the throttle cable. It should move freely and show no sign of damage, then lube it up to make sure it stays that way during the winter season.

Finally, check the condition of the fluids inside the sled. If you added stabilizer to the gas tank when it was stored away last winter, you should have nothing to worry about. But it’s still a good time to take a look to make sure the gas hasn’t broken down. If it has, drain it and top off the engine coolant and oil. It might also be time for a fresh filter.

Preparing your snowmobile now will ensure a great season of riding.

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