Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Winterizing Snowmachines

  1. #1

    Default Winterizing Snowmachines

    Hey guys, what do you all do to winterize your snow machines? Unplug the batteries? Add Stabil (or some other fuel stabilizer) to the fuel? Fog the engine? Anything else you guys can think of?

  2. #2
    Member LOCALAK907's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    222

    Default Winterizing Snowmachines

    I hope you meant to say Summerizing!! Because to winterize I make sure everything is plugged in and just keep adding dinosaurs still the snow is gone!! Haha


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    1,905

    Default

    mine are stored inside, so I don't do much other than clean them up and service them. If stored outside, get the track out of the dirt and up on something. Keep the sun and rain off.
    Hunt Ethically. Respect the Environment.

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LOCALAK907 View Post
    I hope you meant to say Summerizing!! Because to winterize I make sure everything is plugged in and just keep adding dinosaurs still the snow is gone!! Haha


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Yeah, I guess you're right. Summerize makes more sense. Thanks for the clarification.

  5. #5
    Member LOCALAK907's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    222

    Default

    just being a turd don't mind me!!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  6. #6

    Default

    Clean and stick them in the enclosed trailer, thats it. I run them every month in the summer to keep the gas from making deposits in the fuel systems.

  7. #7
    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Posts
    3,318

    Default


    I run fuel stabilizer at all times.
    At the end of the season I wash the old girl, put the cover on and park her on the trailer in one of my portable garages to keep the weather off her.

  8. #8
    Forum Admin Brian M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eagle River, AK
    Posts
    13,393

    Default

    How much stabil do you guys put in? Just follow the instructions on the bottle, I presume? Never used the stuff, but have a couple newer machines now and would like to do things right.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    1,905

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    How much stabil do you guys put in? Just follow the instructions on the bottle, I presume? Never used the stuff, but have a couple newer machines now and would like to do things right.
    I think it is somewhat not needed here. We don't have that silly corn gas that turns into water, and our temperatures don't get high enough to cause the varnish like in the bottom 48. (As Obama calls it)
    Hunt Ethically. Respect the Environment.

  10. #10
    Member Music Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    ANC
    Posts
    1,244

    Default

    The temperature extremes up and down in the spring and fall is what will cause the condensation in the fuel tank. It might not be much but it doesn't take much to plug up a carb. Bottom line, it wont hurt!
    When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
    '08 24' HCM Granite HD "River Dog"

  11. #11
    Member SusitnaAk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    ANCHORAGE
    Posts
    781

    Default

    Stabil in gas , Depends on motor 2or 4 stoke change oil , tranny oil, batt water level if has, grease all zerks, check parts for ware, belt, slides, skags, wheels, shocks, I blow dust out of clutch,If older machine , fuel filter , Want keep it pretty wash and wax treat the seat, Park up on pallets off of ground batt tender and or start it once month . That should do it .

  12. #12
    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Yellowknife, NWT
    Posts
    3,318

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    How much stabil do you guys put in? Just follow the instructions on the bottle, I presume? Never used the stuff, but have a couple newer machines now and would like to do things right.
    During the season I just go by the manufacturers recommendations but I like to double it up near the end of the season just for peace of mind.
    I once had my boat away for an extended period due to vehicle and work issues getting in the way.
    My fuel was still great after 7 years!!!! I was amazed that it didn't even smell stale after all that time.

  13. #13
    Member Yukoner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Whitehorse Yukon
    Posts
    1,344

    Default

    Best thing you can do to avoid hassles in the fall is to run the fuel system dry/drain the float bowls. A clean. Dry fuel system pays off when you go to spark it up in the fall
    Never wrestle with a pig.
    you both get dirty;
    the Pig likes it.

  14. #14

    Default

    I haven't used stabil in a long time, my sled threw a code when it was new saying contaminated fuel and went into limp mode, I have been fine running premium gas and keeping the tank full to keep condensation at bay. Remember your crank seals and others will eventually dry rot and such if you let them just sit for years on end without running the motor. I used to have fuel and oiling issues with some sleds that I leave sitting around and never ran them much, started running them every month or more and no issues since.

  15. #15
    Member Bullelkklr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    4,837

    Default

    I put a stick under the back bumper to let the tension off the springs and I back the shocks off (we have old old machines...1996 models) along with the other stuff mentioned. I usually run my carbs completely dry...same with the Harley (same carbs).

  16. #16

    Default

    To go along with relieving shock tension and such, on my vintage sleds when I store them for long periods(3 years+) I back the track tension off till its pretty much free, and rotate it around every year by hand to a new spot. I have had a few sleds get bad tracks (lumpy/small cracks) from sitting to long with tight tracks but with todays newer track technology I don't think this will apply anymore, just my .02. Also my father got me in the habit on the vintage sleds of filling the crankcase full of oil, and pulling the plugs and dropping some oil in there too, mostly for motors that will be sitting in the conex for who knows how long.

  17. #17
    Member Bullelkklr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    4,837

    Default

    I had to rebuild my 670 doo because i started it after it set for 10 years with no oil in the jug. I should have soaked it before pulling it over till she started.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  18. #18
    Member Erik in AK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,008

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    Best thing you can do to avoid hassles in the fall is to run the fuel system dry/drain the float bowls. A clean. Dry fuel system pays off when you go to spark it up in the fall

    What he said^^^^

    Siphon as much out as you can and run it dry. Then fog the cylinders as recommended by the OEM
    If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •