Always perform a pre-ride inspection before operating your snowmobile. Complete inspection and maintenance procedures for your specific vehicle can be found in your Owner’s Manual. If you find any issues during your pre-ride check, see a RideReady dealer before operating your snowmobile.
Be sure to check the following before starting the engine:
Drive Belt Condition. Inspect the belt for signs of excessive wear like frayed edges, missing cogs, cracks and excessive looseness. Replace the belt if any of these conditions exist.
Steering System. If the skis cannot turn completely to the right and left, check for ice and snow buildup.
Recoil Rope. The recoil rope should be free of excessive wear, and the knot securing the rope inside the handle should be secure.
Parking Brake Lock, Brake Lever and Brake System. The brake lever should move no closer than 0.5 inches to the handgrip.
Auxiliary Shut-Off Switch. The auxiliary shut-off switch or the engine stop switch should operate properly.
Ignition Switch. The engine should stop when the switch is turned to OFF.
Lights. The taillight, brake lights and headlights all should function properly. Replace any burned out lamps.
Suspension Mounting Bolts. The suspension mounting bolts should be checked for tightness.
Ski Skags. The skags should be checked to ensure positive steering characteristics.
Ski Saddle. The ski saddle and spindle bolts should be inspected.
Hood Straps and Latches. The hood straps and latches should be securely in place.
Throttle Lever and Safety Switch. The lever should compress evenly and smoothly. When released, it immediately should return to the idle position.
Suspension. The suspension should receive a visual inspection. Loose nuts and bolts can reduce your snowmobile’s reliability and cause needless repairs and downtime.
Tether Switch and Strap. If the vehicle is equipped with a tether switch and strap, make sure they're working properly. Remove the tether from the switch to make sure the engine immediately stops.
Rail Slides. The rail slides should be replaced if they are worn to the top of the wear limit indicator groove.
Fluid Levels. Check coolant and oil levels. Be sure the vehicle has adequate fuel.
Accessories and cargo should be securely fastened and stored.
Note: The provided information is a general guideline. For information specific to your vehicle, refer to your Owner’s Manual. Polaris snowmobile owners can access Owner’s Manuals by logging in to their RideReady account.