Ermengardi Snowmobile June 01st, 2018 - 00:36:30
As fall blends into winter we shift from our land & water recreational vehicles to our snowmobiles. The snow has fallen and the snowmobile is calling. You pull it from its shed crank the engine and nothing happens. Did you know that due to the extreme winter conditions snowmobiles require more frequent maintenance that any other recreational vehicle? With that in mind lets troubleshoot & see whats wrong with your snowmobile. Keep in mind that the construction of snowmobiles will vary so you should refer to your owners manual before troubleshooting.
With over 20000 groomed snowmobile trails a favorite pastime for thousands of Minnesotans is snowmobiling. Keep in mind however that a snowmobile is only as safe as its driver. Before you jump on your sled and hit the trails give yourself a little refresher in snowmobile safety. Minnesota is a "Zero Alcohol" state. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while riding a snowmobile. Safety perception is altered after only one drink. Since over 70% of all fatal snowmobile accidents involve alcohol* staying sober can help you and others stay alive to enjoy another ride.
It will cause hard starting and rough running until it has been run through the engine. Water can also contribute to internal rusting of the gas lines and tank. How can you tell if the gas is old? You can check your old gas against gasoline that you know is fresh by placing both in clear glass containers and comparing their color. Oxidized fuel often turns darker over time. It may even have a sour smell. If the old gas is considerably darker than the fresh gas then your gas has gone bad. If you find that you have "old gas" in your snowmobile you should drain the gas tank and re-fill it with fresher gasoline.
Take extra care with children on board; go slow and take short trips. Keep children safe by always having another adult ride with you (2 adults 2 snowmobiles 1-2 children). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 16 not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles. When children do ride make sure they are aware of snowmobile safety rules even for a quick trip around the property. Check the weather and trail reports before you go. Avoid riding on ice-covered lakes and rivers. Underwater currents and blankets of snow can both create and conceal thin ice. Stay on designated snowmobile trails and dont venture off.