Snowmobiler checking engine fluids

Pre-ride Checklist

Before the start of your snowmobile season, you should preform a full check of your machine. An inspection of your snowmobile before you ride can save you from potential trouble. A before-you-ride checklist is very important for all riders to complete.

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Fall Preparation
Smart preparation makes for a safe and enjoyable snowmobile ride
You should perform a full check of your machine prior to your first outing of the year to ensure everything is in proper working order. A certified mechanic should fix any items you find that might need repair before the season starts.

Items to Check Include:
  • Air Intake: make sure nothing has clogged your intake
  • Throttle: squeeze the throttle and make sure it moves freely
  • Brake: squeeze the brake lever to ensure it works properly and does not go all the way to the handlebar grip
  • Track: ensure proper tension adjustments
  • Idler or bogie wheels: check to ensure they turn freely
  • Slide rail/high-fax: check for wear
  • Skis: check for proper alignment
  • Wear bars and carbides on skis: check for wear
  • Lights: check bulbs and connections
  • Injection oil mix on 2-strokes or oil level on 4-strokes: check level and quality
  • Gear oil level: check level and quality
  • Spark plugs: check color and condition
  • Drive belt: check for wear
Every Snowmobile Outing
Before you start your snowmobile, check the following:
  • Weather forecast: ensure your clothing is appropriate for temperature, wind chill factor and conditions
  • Throttle: it should freely return to the idle or closed position
  • Snowmobile: it should be positioned in a clear space free of people or objects
  • Fuel and oil levels
  • Ski assemblies and rods
  • Drive belt
  • General mechanical conditions
  • Handlebars (they should turn both ways)
  • Emergency kit
  • Personal items kit
  • Safety equipment
Before You Begin Your Ride, Check the Following:
  • Brakes: they should operate freely and smoothly
  • Track and skis: ensure they are free and not frozen down
  • Headlight and taillight
  • Emergency switch
  • Idle: (slowly run your machine for at least 60 seconds or more to allow the engine time to warm up)