Bringing Your Snowmobile Out of Hibernation

A few simple steps to get your sled ready for another season
RELATED TOPICS: MAINTENANCE | HOW-TO
It’s been a long summer, and we’re all counting down the days until the snow is rolling over the windshield, or the trails are freshly groomed, ready to be attacked. Your poor snowmobile has been in summer storage for months, sitting in the corner of your garage begging for fresh 91 octane. I’ve put together a short plan of attack of what to check and what needs to be addressed to make sure your riding season is as trouble free as possible. Read on for some sled maintenance and pre-season prep tips.

What you'll need:

  • Track tension tool
  • 16mm socket and wrench for axle
  • 13mm wrench for track tensioning bolt
  • 10mm wrench for jam nut

1. START WITH A BATH

The first thing I do when I rip the cover off is give my sled a bath. Even if it has been put to bed clean, it has collected a lot of dust over the summer. I use an electric pressure washer, automotive soap, a microfiber wash mitt, and an SOS pad for the raw aluminum parts.
Steve Martin lives in Evanston, Wyo., and is one of the original riders from the SledNeck films. Follow him on Instagram (@steve_martin12) and Facebook (@12stevemartin).
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