How to Get Your Snowmobile Ready for Winter

March 10th, 2019 by


Wintertime sneaks up on us every year, and it’s great to start planning to make sure you are ready when it hits and not scrambling to fix issues from the previous season. You are probably excited to get your winter gear ready for the upcoming season. However, there are a lot of things that go into properly preparing your snowmobile ready for winter. While some may think that getting your snowmobile engine moving right away is acceptable, there are a couple of important aspects to new snowmobile and used snowmobile preparation that you should need to know. Here are the right steps in getting your snowmobile ready for winter now!


Why You Should Prepare Your Snowmobile Before the Winter Season Starts

If you have experience with any vehicle, you should know that storing them properly is one of the first steps to proper maintenance. The quality of your fuel tank, fuel system, upholstery, and snowmobile’s electrical components all rely on keeping your vehicle in good condition. Prevent having accidents and costly repairs midway through your snowmobile ride by storing your snowmobile properly.


Tips in Getting Your Snowmobile Ready for the Winter Season

Since it’s time for snowmobile season already, you should get your snowmobile ready for winter as soon as possible. Here are some of the things that you can do to make sure that your snowmobile will be in good shape come the upcoming season of winter:


  • Perform a Visual Inspection of Your Snowmobile


The first thing that you should do when preparing your snowmobile for winter is to do a visual inspection. Make sure to inspect in a well-lit area so you can check every nook and cranny carefully. You can look into your spark plugs and wires. You should also check your belts and suspensions for issues on wear and tear, and observe your clutch if it is working well. If you can, you should also look into greasing your suspension and other areas that need it.

You should also make sure that your track has proper tension, and that your bolts are well-tightened. If you see any hints of cuts or corrosion, you should have that repaired immediately. As for your electrical system, make sure that your warning lights and ignition are working properly. If possible, you should replace your bulbs into new ones as well.


  • Check Your Fluids


Before you take out your snowmobile for a spin, you should check your fluid levels first. By fluids, we mean your brake fluid, gas, and coolant levels. Your coolant should be new and fresh to ensure maximum performance. As for your brake fluid, you should make sure that you follow the outlined level indicated in your master cylinder. Any gas leftover during storage should be drained and replaced, as well. The quality of the gas may have deteriorated over time, and it can negatively affect the performance of your snowmobile if left alone. Having fresh gas is recommended when using your snowmobile after storage.


  • Have Your Engine Cleaned and Maintained


It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a Polaris snowmobile or another make, your engine is one of the key elements of your snowmobile, so you should always make sure that it is clean and working. Check if your motor power valves and carburetors are functional. You can maximize the performance of these by having them cleaned and maintained. Try using a carburetor cleaner if you have a general idea of how it works. If not,

Check your engine compartment and see if you can find any issues. If you think there are oil leaks, coolant leaks, or brake fluid leaks, have those fixed immediately. Your drive belts and engine mounts should also be in top condition. Check for hints of corrosion or heavy rust to prevent the further deterioration of your engine.


  • Check Your Fuel System


Back when you were preparing your snowmobile for storage, you should have added a fuel stabilizer after you fill up your tank. If you didn’t do this, you have to drain your leftover fuel and start filling it up all over again. While doing so, you may want to have your carburetor cleaned.


  • Inspect Your Brakes


One of the most important parts of your snowmobile is your brake system. Your safety and the safety of the people around you all depend on the level of control that your brake system provides. Before you go around with your snowmobile, make sure that your brakes are working properly. If the brake pads are work or if the disc is damaged, have those repaired immediately. Additionally, you should also have your parking brake checked. It is better to be cautious and careful when it comes to snowmobile brake systems.


  • Evaluate Your Rear Suspension 


Your rear suspension is one of the most used parts of your snowmobile. When checking your rear suspension, you have to make sure that the suspension arms, springs, and skid frames have no cracks. You have to tighten the nuts and bolts as well and have those repaired if the looseness cannot be repaired.


  • Check Out the Quality of Your Skis


One of the most important aspects of your snowmobile is the ski system. This is crucial in building snowmobiles, so you must make sure that your steel skis and plastic skis are in proper working condition before winter. Not having the initiative to check the skis can mean accidents and injuries not just to you but to the people around you as well.

Check for holes, gouges, or cuts on your skis. You should also see to it that your runners are straight before you use your snowmobile. If they are bent, have them repaired immediately.


Let Westshore Marine & Leisure get Your Snowmobile Ready in Time For Winter

As a snowmobile owner, you must take care of your vehicle at all times. This includes pre-storage preparations and getting your vehicle ready for winter. Having a clean and well-maintained snowmobile isn’t just done because of vanity. A well-maintained snowmobile allows you to enjoy your winter without worrying about your safety and security. A snowmobile in good condition also makes the skiing environment safer from unwanted accidents, engine failure, and injuries.

If you want to know how to care for your snowmobile, let an experienced company like Westshore Marine & Leisure sort that out for you. When it comes to taking care of your snowmobile and getting it ready for winter, we go beyond just following the owner’s manual.

For snowmobile repairs and maintenance, whether for a newer or older model, contact Westshore Marine & Leisure now!