How to Prepare Your Snowmobile for the Season
As a responsible snowmobile owner, you understand the importance of the right post-season maintenance before storing your vehicle away. While post-season is important, if you are ignoring pre-season tasks, you are putting your snowmobile at a disadvantage. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your snowmobile for the season.
1. Check the fluids
When it comes to how to prepare your snowmobile for the season, the fluids are perhaps the most important element. The colder temperatures can make riding on a dry machine even more damaging to the life of the vehicle while hindering overall performance. If you didn’t have an oil change when you stored your snowmobile at the end of last riding season, you need to have one before the season starts back up again. You should also check the state of your fuel system in terms of fuel stabilizer and the fuel lines being free of damages. Another important fluid to check is the crankcase oil which needs to be changed before riding season to avoid metal components traveling to areas susceptible to damage.
2. Visually inspect the vehicle for signs of damage
You should inspect the body or frame of your ride before the season starts for any signs of damages. From seat tears to dents in the frame, you want to remedy these issues before the weather becomes ideal for riding, so you are ready to go when the time comes. You should also inspect and tighten any bolts or nuts to ensure a tight fit.
3. Check and adjust the track and ski settings
This is one of the most important areas of your ride, so you want to make sure it’s in good riding condition. Check the track for proper tension and adjust it as needed using the owner’s manual for your model. You should also check that all nuts and bolts are tightened on this important area. For the skis, check that they are properly aligned, and the runners are straight while also looking for signs of damage from last season such as corrosion, cuts, or holes on the skis.
4. Check lights
The lights are an important part of your snowmobile, especially if you end up riding in low light or low visibility caused by snow falling. Make sure your warning lights are in working order in case of an emergency. You should also make sure the brake lights work properly to ensure other riders can see you stopping. The headlights should also be checked for any burnt out lamps or signs of damage.
5. Check for any signs of electrical trouble
You should check all of the electrical elements of the vehicle prior to the start of the season. From checking for loose spark plugs to checking the ignition for signs of startup troubles, you should check every aspect of the vehicle, including the battery, to ensure there are no signs of trouble or damage you need to repair before the season starts.
6. Lubricate where needed
You should make sure the vehicle is well lubricated in areas where it needs a bit of grease to function properly. Check areas such as the suspension, steering points, and any other areas where a bit of grease will help and ensure they are properly lubricated. This will help these important parts of your vehicle maintain the necessary movement to perform under cold temperatures.