When spring and summer come around and the snow melts, it’s time to get your snowmobile ready for off-season storage.
If you’re itching to get in every last minute of the riding season, learn how much snow you need to ride a snowmobile.
Some riders like to make a ritual of it, and those that do typically find that their sleds last longer, start up faster, and perform better than those who neglect the proper storage steps.
Use this guide to get your snowmobile ready for the summer, so it will be ready for you next winter.
What should you do to prepare your snowmobile for storage?
Here are the steps you should take to prepare your snowmobile for storage:
- Give the snowmobile a thorough cleaning to remove all the dirt, grime, salt, dust, and other debris that has accumulated over the riding season.
- Wax and polish the snowmobile to keep its plastics and paint looking fresh.
- Remove and clean the snowmobile clutch.
- Grease and lubricate suspension, gears, bearings, etc. Make sure you grease each grease fitting on the chassis and suspension components.
- Clean or replace the air filter.
- Fill up the tank with fresh fuel and add a fuel stabilizer, and make sure you run it through the carbs.
- Add fogging oil to the engine to help protect the internal parts from moisture build up and rust. You can spray fogging oil through the spark plug holes, carb bodies, or valve covers. Refer to your owner’s manual for details.
- Remove or loosen the tension on the belt drive.
- Plug any openings in the exhaust and air box intake to prevent any critters or debris from making a home in your snowmobile during the winter. You can also use moth balls and plastic snakes to scare any critters and bugs away.
- Remove the battery and keep it charged throughout the off-season.
- Cover the machine with a clean, breathable snowmobile cover.
- Use a stand to elevate the snowmobile off the ground and release the tension from the front and rear suspension.
Where should you store your snowmobile?
The best place to store your snowmobile is in a cool, dry place that will be protected from the elements during the summer months.
Specifically, you’ll want to choose somewhere that will be protected from extreme heat and humidity.
A dry, covered and insulated garage is ideal.
If that’s not an option, try to find a covered area that’s shaded where you’ll be able to elevate the sled off the ground.