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Yes, we know.
When you saw the title, you instantly got sad, debated moving out west, and maybe even went outside to just rev your engine.  
Although this is the worst part of the year, what you do before storing your snowmobile will affect every riding season beyond this point. 
We know - it sucks to think about the season coming to an end. Especially if you live in the Midwest and see ridable snow maybe twice a season (if you're lucky).
However, there are certain things you can do to help avoid complications.
Have you ever been ready to leave for a long trip or even just a local ride and all a sudden you hear a noise that's louder than a child's scream, or even worse...... it doesn't start?
If that has happened to you, remember how you felt? Let's avoid that feeling. The snowmobile season is short, we want to get out as many times as possible, right?

That starts with proper care.
Here are some recommendations to keep in mind before storing you snowmobile:
  • Clean it thoroughly.
  • Wax it.
  • Replace worn or missing screws and bolts.
  • Drain all fuel from the tank. Then run the engine at idle speed to clear the fuel lines and carburetor. If it's a carburetor model it is recommended to drain the carburetors. Alternatively, you can add a fuel stabilizer to extend the life of fresh fuel. A stabilizer is not effective with older fuel.
  • Remove the spark plugs. Spray fogging oil into each cylinder. Turn the engine over a few times. Then, replace the plugs or install new ones.
  • Remove the drive belt so it won’t stretch during storage.
  • Grease rear suspension, and pivot joints.
  • Grease and lube the front suspension and steering joints.
  • Charge and remove the battery, if your machine has one.
  • Plug all openings—such as the exhaust and air intake—to keep out rodents.
  • Cover the machine with a breathable tarp.
  • Store the unit with the vehicles weight off the front and rear suspensions.

Don't forget to visit your maintenance schedule and address any maintenance requirements! Remember, what you do now will affect your next riding season. Take care of your sled and get it ready for another successful winter! Listen to Ski-Doo Ambassador Stef Dean talk about what she does for storing her Ski-Doo!

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