Storing your Ski-Doo snowmobile for the summer is often a sad day for snowmobilers but taking the right steps in spring can make all the difference once the snow starts to fall next season. Our Ski-Doo Brand Ambassadors walks you through their summer snowmobile storage tips, tricks and product recommendations.
Most Important Snowmobile Summerization Steps
1. Fuel system - Take care of the fuel in your tank
2. Engine and Chaincase oils - Get the old oils out and put in fresh oil
3. Prevent corrosion – internal and external
Snowmobile Fuel system
Odds are you’ve had to use ethanol-blended fuel, but even if you haven’t, probably the most important thing you can do is to add fuel stabilizer to any remaining fuel in the tank and run your sled long enough to get that mixture into the complete system. This is essential for long-term summer sled storage.
Recommended Product: XPS Carbon Free Fuel Treatment
Ski-Doo 4-stroke Snowmobile Oil Changes
If you’re the owner of a Ski-Doo 4-stroke snowmobile, this is the perfect time to change your snowmobile’s oil, removing any dirt and particles before it sits all summer. If you’re the DIY-type, the XPS Oil Change Kit offered at your local Ski-Doo dealer makes it easy with everything you need all in one box. Your dealer can also perform this service if preferred.
The oil change process is very simple and requires just a few tools that are easy to find at most local hardware or automotive stores.
In order to start the oil change process, you’ll want to park your sled on a level surface and bring the engine up to operating temp. Once warmed, shut the sled off, remove the left side panel and remove the oil dipstick located just behind the clutch cover.
Next, you’ll remove the right side panel to access and remove the oil filter.
The oil drain plug is found under the sled and is protected by and access cover. Remove one of the access cover screws and loosen the second enough to rotate the access cover out of the way to access the drain plug. Place a drain pan under the sled and remove the drain plug.
Once the oil has drained, replace the sealing washer (included in XPS oil change kit) on the drain plug. Reinstall the plug and protective cover. Install new oil filter and O-ring (both included in XPS oil change kit), and fill with the proper among of fresh oil (included in XPS oil change kit) as outlined in your operator’s manual.
Double check for any leaks, and dispose of your used oil responsibly.
Recommended Product: You’ll find the complete oil change kit from XPS makes this job quick and easy!
Change the Chaincase Oil
For all Ski-Doo owners, now’s the time to refresh your chaincase oil. Take the old out and put in fresh oil so any moisture from winter use is eliminated and your chain and gears are coated with clean oil.
Recommended Product: XPS Synthetic Chaincase Oil
Inspect Brake System and Fluid
It’s important to inspect the entire brake system at this time as well. Check for any leaks or cracks in the brake hose and take a look at your brake pads and disc. If they’re in need of attention, this is the perfect time for replacement before the weather gets cold again. Brake fluid should be checked for proper level and replaced every two years. Since you’re already in the zone for swapping out old fluids for new, you might consider changing your brake fluid in spring, too. It’s more peace of mind than anything that you’ll have fresh stopping power when you hit the snow for that first rip next season.
Recommended Product: XPS DOT 4 Brake Fluid
Ski-Doo Snowmobile E-TEC Summerization
This step is for sleds equipped with Rotax E-TEC 2-stroke engines only. Park your sled in a well-ventilated area near its final summer resting place. Running your sled through the E-TEC summerization mode automatically preps your sled’s engine for long term storage, and a successful start to the following season. The process is outlined in your owner’s manual (Found in the "Storage" section), and in the video above.
Recommended Product: XPS 2-Stroke Synthetic Oil