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Course Outline

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.
Snowmobiler checking snowmobile’s drive belt
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