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Snowmobile Fuel Basics


Get your fuel from a known high-usage fuel station to ensure it is fresh. There are several different types of gasoline. Fuel requirements vary based on snowmobile brand and model. For the most accurate fuel recommendations, refer to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual.


Regular gas has an octane rating of 87. This is the minimum fuel requirement for most snowmobiles. A mid-grade gas has an octane rating of 89. A premium gas has an octane of 91 or higher. This gas is sometimes recommended for high-performance engines.


If you use non-ethanol fuel (sometimes labeled "non-oxygenated"), regular use of isopropyl-based fuel system deicer is recommended. Add 1 to 2 ounces per gallon (8 to 16 ml per liter) of gasoline to prevent damage resulting from fuel system icing. Never use deicers or additives containing methanol. Never use fuel system deicers when using E10 fuel (sometimes labeled "oxygenated").


Low Fuel Level Warnings


A snowmobile parked on flat, level ground will provide the most accurate fuel level reading. Driving a snowmobile with an extremely low fuel level may cause fuel ventilation and a loss of engine performance.


Snowmobiles that are equipped with instrument clusters that display the fuel level will warn you when the fuel level is low. Models with fuel cap gauges will denote a fuel level that is considered "reserve (RES) fuel."


Low Fuel Riding Procedures


When the instrument cluster's low fuel indicator illuminates, change your riding style to conserve fuel and find the nearest fuel station to refuel.


If you want to calculate your snowmobile's maximum full-tank range, it is best to do so after the fuel injector break-in and oil enrichment modes expire. Make sure to consult your Owner's Manual for the specific instructions for your specific snowmobile. For more on snowmobile break-in procedure, read Snowmobile Break-In.


It is important to note that miles per gallon and maximum range calculations are highly variable and can be inconsistent between comparable models. Riding style, weather, trail conditions, accessories, track type and other factors will provide different results.


Note: The provided information is a general guideline. To determine your vehicle’s fuel requirements, refer to your Owner’s Manual. Polaris owners can access Owner’s Manuals by logging in to their RideReady account.


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