Ermengardi Snowmobile June 02nd, 2018 - 11:58:41
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.
Check out the porcelain part of the spark plug. Does it appear to have changed color? The white porcelain is the insulator of the spark plug. If the porcelain has turned beige or a light tan color then it is still in good working order. If the spark plug is very white you could have an air leak. If it has changed to other colors then you have a problem with the engine. Is there plenty of coolant? If the coolant levels are low put fresh coolant into the snowmobile following the owners manual guidelines.A recommended coolant/antifreeze is ethylene glycol (the green kind) to resist freezing.
Remember you will be driving this machine in an area where your nearest neighbour will not be in line of sight and you should not try and be stingy while picking up a snowmobile. Naturally the manufacturing companies also add a few cosmetic changes in the basic design of the snowmobiles to gain an added advantage and you should not get taken in be seat covers when the machines engine might have a problem. Make sure that you do your research and insist on a trial run in the snowmobile if possible before making the down payment.
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.