Important Terms to Know About Snowmobile Repairing and Maintenance
Snowmobiles are great fun in the winter, but when they break down, you have to take them in to be repaired. This may take a few days. You can either take your snowmobile to the dealership for repair or take it to an independent mechanic for service. Problems may range from engine and clutch problems to simple oil changes and maintenance checks. Check out these important terms about snowmobile repair and maintenance when considering your need for these services:
ATV: Short for all terrain vehicle, this is also known as a quad or three wheeler. This type of vehicle travels on low-pressure tires, featuring a seat, handlebars for steering and is ideal for off road adventures.
Continuous Tracks: Also called caterpillar tracks, this refers to a system of vehicle propulsion where two or more wheels move a continuous band of treads. The band, usually made of modular steel plates or rubber reinforced with steel wires, can cover a large surface area to better distribute the vehicle’s weight.
Crankshaft: An engine part that changes reciprocating linear piston motion into rotation. Crank throws or crankpins convert the reciprocating motion into rotation, through connecting rods from each cylinder. These connect to a flywheel to cut down on pulsation within the four-stroke cycle.
Snowmobile Skipping: Also known as snowmobile skimming, this is when racers hydroplane across bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. This watercross sport involves crossing water while riding a snowmobile, made possible due to the fact that snowmobiles have wide tracks for traction.
Snowmobiles and sleds need to be properly maintained throughout the winter season so they can be used up to their best performance. Certain parts and accessories of sleds and snowmobiles, including the track, belt, sliders, and carbide should be checked periodically and have any needed maintenance performed so nobody gets hurt when riding. During the winter season, many shops will have repair services available for sled and snowmobile riders. While snowmobiles and sleds may come with repair manuals, you may find that you need a professional to fix anything that has been damaged. Shops will also have accessories for sleds and snowmobiles, including nose cones, helmets, and apparel. If you're looking for a specific brand, Arctic and Gates snowmobiles can be found in various retail and online stores. Before you drive snowmobiles or sleds you will want to check and make sure the track or belt is in good condition. Studs and gaskets are also parts that shouldn't be overlooked. If you live in an area that has a lot of snow, repair shops for sleds and snowmobiles will probably be easy to find. Friends and family can always help you find a shop that they trust and generally have good prices for their services. If you just want a routine check up on your snowmobile, ask each shop what they would charge for some services that may be needed. Labor and parts may vary depending on where you take your snowmobile to. Ask if they use generic replacement parts, or if they will replace parts with the same brand as the vehicle.