How to prepare your snowmobile for winter?
It is the perfect time of year to ride your snowmobile again. Check all components, including the battery and track, to ensure your snowmobile is in excellent working order after being stored for months. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your snowmobile running well this winter:
1. Inspect the lights
In snowy conditions, checking the functionality of your snowmobile’s lights is essential to ensure safe operation. Headlights, brake lights, and running lights all help you see obstacles, navigate the trail, and be visible to other snowmobile riders when visibility is reduced. Keeping all these lights working properly is crucial to your safety and the safety of others.
2. Check the fuel system
Make sure the fuel tank is full and that the fuel system is well-sealed to prevent moisture from getting inside. In order to prevent your snowmobile from deteriorating over the winter, consider adding fuel stabilizer to the gasoline.
3. Review the fluids
When maintaining your snowmobile, you should replace the brake fluid, which can become contaminated with water over time, and add fresh coolant. A high-quality synthetic lubricant should be used to replace the oil in the chain case to extend its lifespan. You should use synthetic oil to prevent rust and corrosion if you plan to leave the snowmobile unused for a long time. In addition, it is a good idea to drain the tank and examine the gas quality, especially if the fuel stabilizer was not used during the winter storage period. If the gas appears to have gone bad, it should be drained and replaced with gas that meets the specific requirements of your snowmobile.
4. Charge the battery
It is important that the battery is fully charged and in good condition before winter sets in. If the engine doesn’t start when the ignition is turned on, the battery needs to be charged. If the battery cannot hold a charge, the battery needs to be replaced.
5. Inspect your skis
Your skis should be checked regularly to ensure they are functioning properly on your snowmobile. If your skis are damaged or not functioning properly, your snowmobile will not operate properly, posing a safety risk to you and your passengers. If you notice any gouges or cuts in your plastic skis, holes in your steel skis, or bent runners, it is best to have them repaired at a shop by a professional.
6. Check the track
You should regularly check the track for signs of wear and replace it if it is dirty or worn. A worn track can negatively affect performance and safety, so make sure the track is in good condition and shape
7. Get your snowmobile ready for a ride
It is likely that your snowmobile has accumulated dust, dirt, and debris after being stored for an extended period of time. In order to keep your snowmobile running smoothly, it is important to clean it thoroughly. If you want to ensure that your snowmobile is working properly and ready to ride, use a hose to wash the exterior or take it to a car wash.
8. Secure your snowmobile
Secure your snowmobile with a security tracking device such as Tramigo Asset Tracker or Tramigo Vehicle Tracker. By installing a security tracking device, you can get notified when there is irregular movement. The GPS tracker will automatically detect any movements, and you will be notified via TramigoApp or email.