Just like a motorcycle, dirt bike, or ATV, a snowmobile pre-ride inspection will ensure that your sled is in safe operating condition and ready to go.
You can find a pre-ride checklist that’s specific to your snowmobile model in your owner’s manual.
What is part of a pre-ride inspection of your snowmobile?
A pre-ride inspection for a snowmobile consists of the following:
- A visual inspection of key components.
- Checking that the electronics and switches are all operational.
- Making sure that the engine starts, idles, and stops properly.
- Checking for any signs of damage or leaks.
Additionally, you should check weather conditions and forecasts to make sure you’re dressed properly and that it is safe to ride.
Snowmobile Pre-Ride Inspection Checklist
As you read through the following pre-ride checklist, it may seem like a lot. However, once you get into the habit of checking your sled before you ride, it will become as easy as starting your snowmobile.
Before you get your seld ready for the season, you should perform a full tune up and thorough check of all components.
Throughout the season, you’ll be able to do your pre-ride inspection before each ride. This will allow you to catch any potential issues before they become a problem for you on the mountain.
Riding an unsafe snowmobile can put you in danger.
Before you ride your snowmobile, you should check the following items:
- Inspect the drive belt and clutches for any wear and damage.
- Check that the skis can turn completely and the suspension moves smoothly.
- Check that the brakes and parking brake operate properly.
- Check for any loose mounting bolts.
- Ensure that the throttle moves smoothly and snaps back to idle position when released.
- Check that all latches and luggage mounts are properly secured.
- Inspect the snowmobile track for excessive wear and proper alignment.
- Confirm that fluids are at their recommended levels and the snowmobile has enough fuel.
- Turn on the ignition and confirm that the lights function properly.
- Check that the pull start cord is in good condition and the knot is secured to the handle.
- Start the snowmobile and allow it to idle.
- Look around the machine for any leaks.
- Confirm that the kill switch works properly.
- Double check that you’ve got all the necessary riding gear, your snowmobile helmet, any other necessary gear, and an emergency kit.
If you notice any damage, loose bolts, or other issues during your pre-ride inspection, you should fix them before attempting to ride the sled.
The pre-ride inspection should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes, but can save you a lot of trouble down the trail.