Did your snowmobile get ANY use this winter?
I don’t know about the rest of the country but here in Chicago we’ve had quite the “vanilla” winter! The data I’ve been able to find so far about the “average” March in Chicago is highs of 45 and lows of 28 degrees. That’s nothing like the 60-80 degrees we’re seeing this year!
Most of my buddies with snowmobiles never really got the chance to enjoy them this year so they ended just sitting up in storage all winter and will likely stay there until next year! So I figured I’d provide some simple steps to keep your Snowmobile running its best and protect your investment for years to come.
- Store you Snowmobile in a Cool, Dry Place. Wash your sled prior to storage to remove dirt and rinse off the corrosive salts and acids. Shield it from dust, by using a porous, not plastic, cover. Plastic may trap moisture and water inside the cover.
- Perform Some Basic Maintenance. Some basic maintenance should be performed on your snowmobile before you store to ensure optimal performance of your sled once the snow falls. Procedures can vary depending on the brand and model of your snowmobile, so you may want to have an experienced professional perform the service. At the very least, refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on maintaining your sled.
- Fill your Tank with Fresh Gas & Use STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer. The best way is to fill your fuel tank 95% full with fresh fuel, and add STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer to keep the fuel fresh for 12 months. Make sure you read the directions carefully … that little 10 ounce bottle will treat 25 gallons of fuel (use 1 ounce per 2.5 gallons).
- WARNING: If you didn’t get to use all of last year’s gas because of the warm winter, you will need to run the tank out of gas and refill it with fresh fuel and stabilize it again. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’ll be even more work next winter when you have to pull it apart to clean it or send it in for repairs.
- Remove the Spark Plugs and spray STA-BIL® Fogging Oil into the engine as directed, as well as on any exposed metal parts of the snowmobile. Make sure not to get oil on the brake pads, rotor, clutches or belt. Do not use a solvent type oil, such as penetrating oil or other aerosol light oils.
- Remove or Disconnect the Battery (for those snowmobiles with electric starters). Store the battery in a place where it can be charged periodically during the summer months.
- Plug the Air Box Inlet and Exhaust Outlet to ensure no mice or other rodents get in during storage.
- Drain the chain-case and refill with the recommended fluid.
- Leave a minimum amount of air pressure in the air shock (if snowmobile is equipped with one).
- Grease all Grease Fittings (Zerk Fittings) until grease comes out either near the base or at a relief valve.
- Inspect the Lube on the Drive Chain and lubricate, if needed.
- Remove the Drive Belt
- Spray a Dry Lubricant on All Track Clips
- Wipe the seat with a lubricant
- Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with a nice cold pint of Guinness (drink responsibly)…