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Snowmobile Preride Inspection

The performance of a preride inspection is paramount to a safe, stress-free ride. Most equipment failures can be avoided by periodic maintenance and inspection.

Before starting your machine, check the following:

  • Throttle - It should freely return to the idle or closed position.
  • Fluid levels - Gas tank should be full. Check the oil level.
  • Ski assemblies and rods - Suspension operates freely. Rods aren't broken.
  • Drive belt - Look for worn areas; have a spare.
  • General mechanical conditions - Be certain snowmobile is in good operating condition.
  • Handlebars - They should operate freely in both directions.

Before beginning your ride, check the following:

  • Brakes - They should operate freely and smoothly.
  • Head and taillights - Be sure all work.
  • Emergency kill switch - Be certain it shuts the machine off.
  • Idle - Slowly run your machine for 30 seconds.
  • Weather forecast and wind chill factor - Check the forecast before you ride; consider the wind chill factor.
  • Clothing - Dress appropriately for changing weather conditions; wear layers.

Emergency supplies:

  • Spare spark plugs
  • Spare drive belt
  • Spare fuel
  • Spare clothing
  • Waterproof matches
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Knife/small ax
  • Flares
  • Ignition key—on a ring or attached to the machine