We all know that feeling: the first time you sit on your snowmobile after a long summer and breathe that crisp, clean air. It's invigorating. And then it hits you—winter is coming. But don't let the thought of cold weather and shorter days scare you off. With a little preparation, you can ensure your snowmobile is ready to take on whatever winter throws.
Here are five tips to get your sled prepped for the season ahead.
Use Powerblanket to Prevent Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) from Freezing
Powerblanket is the perfect solution for achieving even and consistent heating of your DEF tank, assuring you that it won't experience extreme temperature variations.
Not only will this save you from costly repairs due to potential def freezing or damage, but also the time. With Powerblanket's uniform heat distribution, never worry about any unwanted risks during cold weather conditions.
Furthermore, Powerblanket guards against condensation, which may result in corrosion and other issues for tanks that are not insulated properly. Additionally, it prevents any damage due to drastic temperature fluctuations throughout the day; you no longer have to be concerned about resetting temperatures manually when needed. The insulation provided by Powerblanket makes sure of this.
Invest in Snowmobile Skis, Tracks, and Wheels
To ensure that your snowmobile has the perfect skis, tracks, and wheels for its needs, you'll need to find components tailored precisely for it. As no two sleds are identical, ensure all the parts you buy adhere to their exact specifications to function correctly.
When selecting parts for your sled, you should ensure they are explicitly designed for it and make them from robust materials capable of withstanding the frigid temperatures and deep snow.
Moreover, double-check their traction and stability to guarantee a safe and confident riding experience on any terrain.
Change Your Oil
Keeping your sled in good condition is imperative for a successful winter season.
Regular oil changes are integral to ensuring the engine runs efficiently and problem-free throughout these cold months and guarding its internal components against corrosion and extreme wear.
For optimal car performance, it's suggested to have your oil changed every 500 miles or four months (whichever occurs first). If you are trying to remember the last time you had a chance, be safe and get one before winter sets in.
Check Your Brakes and Belts
In cold climates, having functioning brakes and belts is necessary for maximum safety when driving. Additionally, guaranteeing that every component of your vehicle works optimally will avoid any unanticipated malfunctions while you're out exploring. Ensuring all necessary maintenance has been completed before heading out on the road will provide peace of mind knowing your car won't let you down along the way.
Before operating your sled:
- Ensure that you inspect both the belts and brakes for any evidence of deterioration or damage.
- Take a moment to observe if there are signs of rusting from moisture exposure on the belt itself and its mounting points - such as bolts and screws.
- If cracking is located in either part, replace it promptly before riding again.
It's essential to make sure that your snowmobile is properly maintained and prepared for the winter season. Following these tips can ensure a safe and enjoyable ride during the cold months ahead. Always stay alert while on the trails, wear proper safety gear, and obey all local laws.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering snowboarding, skiing and trends in outdoor winter activities. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the mountains, getting out in the snow on her board, season after season, seeking wild snow adventures across the globe helps her continue to be a top expert at CSG.