Your snowmachine has taken care of you all winter long. It got you where you needed to work, and back again safely.

If you had mechanical problems with it, poor maintenance might have been the reason. Even if it wasn’t, now is your time to try and avoid those breakdowns from happening again.

Fall Prep

Fall prep is nothing more than getting ready to ride. Take a good long look at the machine from the front and work your way back. Most mechanical problems should have been fixed as they happened or prior to spring storage, but there is always a chance something was overlooked. Lights, controls, and suspension are all common areas for wear and broken parts. Open the hood and check the drive belt for wear or flat spots. Replace the belt now while its warm and you’re not out on some semi-deserted trail in the dark! Also pay close attention to the pull start cord as these will break from wear and using the manual emergency cord is absolutely no fun in sub-zero temperatures. Your tool kit should be checked for completeness, including a spare spark plug and drive belt.

A few items to check include:

  • Air Intake: Make sure nothing has clogged your intake
  • Throttle: Squeeze the throttle and make sure it moves freely
  • Brake: Squeeze the brake lever to ensure it works properly and does not go all the way to the handlebar grip

Other items to check:

  • Track
  • Bogie Wheels
  • Slide Rail/High-Fax
  • Wear Bars on Skis
  • Lights
  • Injection Oil Mix on 2-strokes or Oil level on 4-strokes
  • Gear Oil level
  • Spark Plugs
  • Drive Belt

Extreme Cold

When the temperature falls to -20°F or below there are several special procedures required to protect a snowmachine from damage caused by low operating temperature.

  • Add 6 oz. of 2-cycle oil to a full tank of gas (approximately 9 gals.) for oil injected machines only.
  • Tape all hood vents to restrict cold air flow through the engine compartment. This should be done in a warm area if possible so that the tape has a chance to stick to the cowling.
  • Warm up the moving parts – Have another person assist with lifting the track off the ground, (2 people are needed to support the back of the machine). Increase and vary engine speed for approximately 2 minutes to warm the track, clutches, and gear-case just prior to use.

Spring Storage

Prior to spring storage it is Lounsbury’s policy that all machines be inspected and minor repairs completed. Machines are then prepared for storage. As a snowmachine operator you may be aware of minor items that should be repaired. You need to document them and be sure Lounsbury snowmachine maintenance or resident manger is aware of the repair needs. Writing out the needs and attaching it to the machine is the best method.

Each machine will be inspected and prepare for summer storage.

Put the recommended amount of gasoline stabilizer in the gas tank so the gas does not become stale. Turn off the gas with the inline gas valve. Start the snowmobile and run the carburetors dry by allowing the machine to run until it quits.

Other items to check:

  • Track
  • Bogie Wheels
  • Slide Rail/High-Fax
  • Wear Bars on Skis
  • Lights
  • Injection Oil Mix on 2-strokes or Oil level on 4-strokes
  • Gear Oil level
  • Spark Plugs
  • Drive Belt