Admit it or not, many of the diehard snowmobilers have dreaded the thought of dealing with the maintenance every year, but we are aware that it is a mandatory activity when you own a sled. In the present economy, many of us strive with the decision of doing this all by yourself or having a professional service shop to maintain your ski-doo usagé noir. No matter if you choose to do this routine all by yourself or have someone else do it, it will still be time-consuming and some investment associated with keeping your sled in a top notch condition. If you are a DIY pro, this article will help you from not burning a hole in your pocket.
The typical 2 strokes need a pre-season tuning up including activities like a carb cleaning. The new and latest fuel injected 4 stokers have their own needs as well, and the most important one is changing the oil. If you visit a shop or hire someone to do the 10 hour inspection and oil and filter change, it would cost you around $200! This simple service item can simply be done DIY.
Follow the steps below!
- In the 4 stroke oil changes the engine oil must be heated. This is usually done by just letting the machine heated up or going for a few rips down to the lake in order to bring the machine up to the operating temperature. This will assist you in getting rid of oil as much as possible by warming and hence thinning the oil, which makes it easier to drain. This also helps in leaving fewer residues in the engine.
- Begin by removing the drain plug on the underside of the chassis. The plug is situated in the center directly of the belly pan. On a 1200, a drain plug needs a T-45 wrench. Turning it counter clockwise on the oil pan bolt will help in removing it, but make sure that you have the oil pan ready. Always keep in mind that the oil will be quite warm and is prone to burn your skin. When the bolt is removed, the oil tends to drain rapidly. The oil pan bolt will have a washer and an oil seal, make sure both are on and are not damaged at all. If the damage has taken place to the drain bolt or the assemblies, this can lead the oil to leak out after a refilling.