In Minnesota when the snow falls we are ready to jump on our sleds and go, however with a few quick checks you can ensure that your sled is in good working order for the entire season! A pre-season tun up before you hit the trails can save you some major headaches and pains down the road.
The best place to start is with your owner’s manual, which should provide detailed instructions and diagrams explaining what will need to be done at the start of each season. When it comes to simple maintenance and tune-ups, your owner’s manual is your best friend.
Here is a list we compiled together go get you started on some of the most common items that can fail throughout the season:
- Air and Fuel Filters
- Spark Plugs
- Headlights and tail lights
- The Track
- Steering and throttle
Regular Maintenance and Proper Care
Of course, proper maintenance doesn’t end after the pre-season tune-up. If you want minimize mechanical problems and have your sled last as long as possible a little regular maintenance during the season is key. Additionally, a well-cared-for snowmobile is more likely to have a lower environmental impact and generally results in better fuel economy.
- In-Season Maintenance
- Follow the manufacturer’s fuel and oil recommendations.
- Regularly check the spark plugs (as mentioned, it’s always a good idea to change them at the start of each season).
- Keep the engine properly tuned and maintain fluid levels.
- Avoid making any aftermarket alterations to your exhaust system. Not only can it result in louder noise emissions, it can also void your warranty and make your exhaust illegal.
- Follow Owner’s Manual for regular maintenance tips.
- Check the skis & carbides.
- Check the track.
- Check the drive belt for wear.