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Summer Sled Storage: Storing Your Snowmobile
No matter where or how much your ride your sled, there’s always the inevitable and dreaded off-season when you have to tuck it away for a few months. When it is time to store your snowmobile, there’s some important care tips you should take to ensure that it’s ready to go after the summer.
Clean & Wax
It’s important to clean your sled before tucking it away for the summer. This includes all the small crevices and tough to get to areas that may collect dirt during storage. Make sure you use warm water and soap to cut through any grease or buildup and if you’re really into keeping your snowmobile in great condition, a coat of wax will go even further in keeping it protected.
Add Fuel Stabilizer
This is an easy but important step to make sure the gas in the engine doesn’t evaporate and start to corrode the metal. There’s several good fuel stabilizer options on the market and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. After adding the appropriate amount of stabilizer, you’ll need to run the engine briefly to make sure the stabilizer gets to all the necessary areas throughout the system.
Fog the Engine – Fogging the engine before summer storage helps prevent corrosion of the metal while your sled isn’t being used. The process is fairly simple and only takes a few minutes and the addition of a fuel stabilizer. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure you are in a well ventilated area before fogging as it does create a good amount of smoke. In order to get the fuel stabilizer throughout the system, you’ll need to run the snowmobile for a few minutes, after which you can drain the carbs.
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Remove the Battery – Removing the batter before summer storage is a good way to get preserve it and maximize the lifespan. When you do store your batter, make sure that it’s in a dry place that does not have extreme temperatures. Using a trickle charge during summer months will help keep the battery in tip top shape and ready to go when it’s riding time again.
Storage – Finding the right place to store your snowmobile is just important as preparation. The ideal place would be somewhere dry that has ample space and allows for airflow to avoid moisture from collecting. You should store your sled off the ground so that the suspension isn’t compressed for several months without being ridden. Covering the sled is a good idea too, either with a cover that’s fitted to your rig, or a simple tarp can do the trick.
- American Council of Snowmobile Associations – The ACSA is a national organization designed to advocate on behalf of snowmobilers. Because political and legal outcomes affect the accessibility of certain areas to riders, it’s important that organizations like the ACSA are out there.
- Snowmobile Maintenance Tips – 8 tips that every snowmobile owner needs to know about maintenance. Some of them may be old hat to you, but it’s always good to be reminded about proper care.
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