Complete a thorough inspection of your snowmobile by starting at the front and finishing at the back.
- Check the overall condition and spacing/position.
- Check the skag/wear bar condition.
- Check the suspension condition and adjustment.
- Test the front headlights–both high and low beams.
- Make sure that a valid registration or trail pass is displayed.
- Check the drive belt’s condition and tension. Carry a spare drive belt.
- Check the condition of the exhaust. Is the exhaust at a legal level?
- Check fuel levels–gasoline, oil, and, if applicable, coolant.
- Test that the handlebars turn smoothly.
- Check all of the controls on the handlebars.
- The throttle should move easily and snap back.
- The brake lever should feel firm, not touch the handgrip, and snap back.
- Test the engine’s stop switch.
- Examine the tracks for rips, tears, ice, and/or debris.
- Check the condition of the high-fax/slide rail.
- Check the bogie wheel condition.
- Check suspension condition/adjustment.
- Test that the brake light and taillight are working.
- Make sure that you have a tool kit, operator’s manual, and spare parts.