Snowmobile Pre-Ride Checklist
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.
- Track Alignment and Condition. Inspect the track for damage before operating. For more information on track inspection, read How to Check for Snowmobile Track Damage.
- 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.