A snowmobile is a great way to get outside and enjoy the snow during the winter months. If you have a snowmobile and it will not start, there could be many things wrong with it. To help you get your snowmobile back out on the snow, below are some troubleshooting tips to help you get it repaired.
Check the Gas
The problem could be with the gas. This is especially true if you stored your snowmobile all winter with gas in the tank. This is because gas degrades the longer it sits, which can cause many problems, including a snowmobile not starting.
If there is gas in the tank, you can do a test to tell if it this is the problem. Remove some of the gas and put it into a glass jar. Purchase some new gas and put it in a separate glass jar. Put the two jars together and compare the color. If the gas taken from your snowmobile is much darker than the new gas, then you need to drain the gas and replace it with new fuel. Make sure you drain the gas at the end of this winter, or if you want to leave gas in the tank, add a fuel stabilizer in the tank to keep the gas from degrading.
Check the Spark Plugs
The problem could be with the spark plugs. Inspect them for any corrosion, such as carbon. If there is any, use a wire brush to clean them. It may be time to replace the spark plugs. Fortunately, there is an easy way to tell this. Inspect the porcelain on each spark plug. This porcelain is important as it insulates the plugs. The porcelain should be a tan or beige color. If it is white, however, then it is time to change the plugs.
If the spark plugs are the right color, there could be a bad connection with one of them. Remove each spark plug and put it back in to see if this repairs the problem.
Check the Kill Switch
Even though this is something obvious, you may forget about the kill switch. Look at the switch to see if it is depressed. If it is not, press it down and try to start your snowmobile. If this is your first snowmobile, the kill switch is located on the control panel. You may have accidentally pressed it or something may have hit it and turned it off. The color of the switch depends on the brand of snowmobile you have.
To prevent problems with your snowmobile, take it to a snowmobile mechanic at the end of each season to have it maintained, or talk with equipment suppliers like 49TH STATE DISTRIBUTORS.