When it’s time to put your snowmobile into storage for the summer, here are a few things you can do to help protect and prepare it for the next riding season. Remember to check your owner’s manual for storage tips specific to your sled.
Things to Consider Before Snowmobile Storage
- Where will you store your snowmobile? Do you have a garage, storage shed, or other location?
- How much are you willing to spend on snowmobile storage?
- Can you prep your sled for storage yourself or do you need to take it in for maintenance?
Prepping for Summer Snowmobile Storage
- Contact your insurance agent to review your riding history and make sure you have the appropriate amount of snowmobile insurance.
- Make any necessary repairs.
- Clean, wax, and oil your snowmobile to help prevent corrosion.
- There are two paths regarding fuel systems – drain the fuel tank, or fill the tank and add a fuel stabilizer. Consult your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Fog the engine. Check your owner’s manual for the correct way to do this for your specific sled.
- After you fog the engine, you can drain the carburetors of fuel.
- Clean or replace the air filter.
- Remove the drive belt and lay it on a flat surface.
- Clean and lubricate the chassis with an all-temperature grease.
- Spray a lightweight oil on all-bare metal surfaces and add grease to all the zerk fittings.
- Cover all openings, like the exhaust, intake, and cooling intake, to prevent moisture or critters from entering.
- Remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place. Consider charging it once a month.
- Store in a dry location and, if possible, lift your sled off the ground. Also, reduce the track tension if recommended by your manufacturer.
- Cover your snowmobile with a breathable cloth.
Before you take your snowmobile out of storage and onto the trails again, be sure to talk with your insurance agent to make sure you have the appropriate snowmobile insurance, like the coverage offered by State Farm®.