Riding a snowmobile is one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable feelings that one can experience! However, sometimes we get so caught up in having fun that we forget about the proper way to care for and store your snowmobile in between uses. We’ve composed a list of different thins that you can do to protect and maintain your snowmobile.
KEEP YOUR SNOWMOBILE CLEAN
Think of your snowmobile just as you would any other machine that has to be maintained and cleaned. It is recommended to wash your snowmobile after every use. Washing will remove the dirt, grime, and salt that may have been picked up during your ride. A clean snowmobile prevents rust and corrosion, which both can be an issue with metal objects.
MAINTAIN OIL AND FILTER
Just like a car, oil changes and clean filters are necessary. Invest in a quality cold-flow oil to keep your machine running smoothly. If the engine is acting a little sluggish or the parts under the hood are sticky to the touch, you may be using the wrong oil. Ask the merchant that you bought the snowmobile from, or the manufacturer, what the best oil is for your particular model.
PROPERLY STORE YOUR SNOWMOBILE
Your snowmobile needs to be properly stored, even if it is going to be out of commission for an extended period of time. Do not store it directly on the floor. Put the skis and track on a pallet or some other source of wood. Even when you just return from a ride, after it is cleaned, placing it on a wooden pallet or board allows your snowmobile to dry out more quickly. Leaving a snowmobile directly on the floor allows water to sit dormant, which may result in rusting out your parts.
If it’s at all avoidable, do not leave your snowmobile outside. Depending on where you live, some states have extremely harsh winters. Varying weather elements can age your machine at a faster pace than normal.
Go over your snowmobile with a very precise inspection to check for any loose bolt, screws, or fasteners. As much fun as snowmobiles are, safety is the first priority. Riding is usually fast paced and on rough terrain with varying weather conditions. You want your machine to be in tip-top condition before you even consider sitting on it.
Lastly, just make sure to maintain your snowmobile overall. A pre-season tune-up can work wonders. It also allows you the benefit of getting everything checked out at once. Be certain to make sure that all of the parts are lubricated or adjusted if necessary.
During a tune-up, the specialist will check different things such as the spark plugs, filters, track, skis, throttle, and much more. A tune-up can possibly save you money in the long run by making minor adjustments that could potentially avoid major repairs the future, by catching any issues early on.
You are now on the track to enjoying your snowmobile for many years to come. Snowmobiles are a great investment as it provides a good work-out while you are having fun at the same time. They’re not complicated or hard to maintain. Just keep in mind that you are going to care for it and maintain it pretty much the same you would your personal vehicle. Now go out there and have fun!