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Starting Safely

Before you start, check the fuel and oil levels, brakes and lights, emergency stop switch, and track.

When you start your snowmobile:

  • Point the machine in a safe direction.
  • Position yourself to control the machine when it starts.
  • Check the throttle to make sure it's not frozen—it should snap back to the idle position when released.
  • Set the key and the engine stop switch to the "on" position.
  • If your machine is cold, choke or prime it.
  • If you have an electric starter, turn the key and release the choke as soon as the engine starts.
  • If your machine has a reverse gear, be sure the snowmobile is in a forward gear when you start off.