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Putting Your Sled to Bed: A Step-by-Step On Snowmobile Storage

Person riding a snowmobile through deep snow

 

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s about time to find snowmobile storage and bring out your spring/summer ride(s)! But, before you put your snowmobile away until next season, there are some things you need to do so that your sled is in tip-top shape for when you want to ride it again.

 

Man getting ready to maintenance his snowmobile

 

Stabilize Your Snowmobile's Fuel Tank

If you use non-ethanol fuel, you should simply leave some fuel in your tank.

If you use ethanol-blended fuel, add a fuel stabilizer or enzyme treatment into your fuel tank and let your engine run for a bit. This will help lessen the harshness of your fuel on the rubber lines, gaskets, etc.

Check out our fuel treatment products.

 

 

Protect Your Engine

The best option for protecting your engine during summer storage is starting it every month and letting it run for only a couple of minutes. But, if you’re unable to do that, coating the inside of the engine with fogging oil can help protect the engine from air and moisture – air and moisture can cause corrosion.

Keep in mind, if you have an Air-Cooled engine, do not let it run or idle too long during the hot summer months. These type of snowmobile engines are not designed for temps that are too hot.

If you aren’t planning to start it once a month during the off-season, you should consider fogging your engine instead.

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Grease and Lubricate your Snowmobiles Joints

Greasing the joints of your sled before summer is a great and easy way to ensure your sled is good to go next winter. Coating all the lube points can help prevent water from causing rust and corrosion

Browse our grease and lubricant products.

 

 

Man disconnecting his battery from his snowmobile

Maintain Your Snowmobiles Battery

If your snowmobile has a battery, you should take it out during summer storage and store in a dark, cool place. You should also hook it up to a trickle charger during storage so that your battery maintains its life during extended storage.

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Keep Your Snowmobile Clean

This step is easy, but important. You want to make sure you give your sled a good scrub with soap and water before storing it for the Summer. If dirt and/or salt are left on your sled throughout summer storage, they can corrode metal parts – easiest way to avoid that is by scrubbing and rinsing your sled before storage.

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Image showing the Caliber product, Sled Wheels, which is a dolly system for snowmobiles

Avoid Moisture

You should keep your sled off the ground when you store it. If you are storing it outside with a cover on, you should definitely put your sled on an Easymove snowmobile lift stand to keep the moisture from the ground off the bottom of the sled (which can shorten the life of your tracks).

If you are storing your sled in a garage, you can put it on an Easymove snowmobile lift stand to keep the tracks off the garage floor.

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Cover Your Sled

Covering your sled with a snowmobile cover that goes over the running boards, seat, and hood is best. This will keep any water or dirt from getting on your freshly-cleaned sled.

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Now that your snowmobile is in storage and summer is here – get your bike ready for spring riding! If you haven’t read it yet, check out our blog on how to Prep Your Bike for Spring!

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