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    Default I forgot to summerize my sled - any suggestions?

    My sled is in garage and I just realized i forgot to summerize it. It has a nearly full tank of gas in it. Skidoo Ace 2011..any suggestions? I usually have someone do it, but my guy/mechanic moved away in spring.

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    What was the type of fuel you last ran in it? Pure, or ethanol.

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    Siphon it out use it in your vehicle it wont hurt it. Then put fresh fuel in it. I do this every year regardless of the summerizing.

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    Change out the gasoline and see if it'll start, not a full tank, just a couple of gallons of fresh gas. If it runs I would add Startron to the tank to get the stabilizer into the injectors. Next, I'd put the battery on a maintainer, if the batt is dead I'd try charging it. You'll also want an oil and filter change before the next snow season. If you haven't done this before, there are a lot of "how to's" on YouTube. Good luck, I hope she starts!

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    I'll add in, if ME< I would do a good once over on whole sled, as kinda of the point of summerizing is making sure all is good for the next season and IF anything is found, to repair/replace before snow falls, saving you down time!


    so, I'b check bearings on all things, and also change the chain case fluid! and do a basic summerizing NOW, as for fuel, if non ethanol, I would just run it, or as others suggested, drian out what you can and use in a vehicle and add fresh NON ethanol

    and add a battery maintainer to this sled , in today day and age, I think every battery on any thing that sits more than a few weeks, Needs one, that or disconnect it, as modern vehicles ALL suck power when parked like never before!

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    Start her up and drive round the house a couple times.

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    As mentioned, if you used NON-Oxygenated fuel, fire it up and bring it up to full operating temperature, including all coolers. I keep a full tank of fuel all summer long, and start them every 2-3 weeks on low humidity days if possible.

    If you can put it on a stand, or even just a 2x4 to roll the track, that is a plus to spin the chain case. No need to run them around the house, LOL!

    Then summer maintenance, I'm not as familiar with the Ski-Doo's, but any bearing should be checked, as if you put it away wet, and there was any water in the bearing, they won't look too good by now.

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    2011? Trade it for a new leftover 2020. Problem solved.

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    Thanks for the input. I was able to contact someone who is going to come summerize/fallerize it in my garage...

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    Just start it, its either gonna run fine or not, if not shut it off, if your paranoid siphon 3/4 out and put it in your truck, fill it with fresh gas and stabilizer, It'll be fine.

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    Yes!! Drive that thing around the yard with some sort of stable in the gas. Grease the suspension and alls good

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    Mine is sitting outside in the rain unfortunately. I start it from time to time and it will be fine

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    Twice I took fuel out of my sled and put it in my Mazda Tribute and both times the check engine light came on after. I'll never do that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garageguy View Post
    Yes!! Drive that thing around the yard with some sort of stable in the gas. Grease the suspension and alls good

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    Mine is sitting outside in the rain unfortunately. I start it from time to time and it will be fine
    How does a guy with the name "garageguy" not have his sled in the garage? Or in some sort of shelter????

    Quote Originally Posted by blkhwkbob View Post
    Twice I took fuel out of my sled and put it in my Mazda Tribute and both times the check engine light came on after. I'll never do that again.
    Were these premix sleds? Did you forget to put the gas cap back on the ricer? Cause if it caused a problem in your daily driver it for sure woulda raised heck in your sled!! What kinda garbage gas you running?

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    Im currently buildind a detached garage in Lakewood where i will be moving to. The price of lumber is slowing tbings down. And yes.. Its very painfull having things outdoors

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    We have 4 Skidoo Ace 4 Strokes and I pump the Gas out in Spring add 1 Qt of Stabilized Gas, run it Park it and unhook the Battery.

    In November I hook up the Battery, Put fresh Gas in and Load it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james88 View Post
    My sled is in garage and I just realized i forgot to summerize it. It has a nearly full tank of gas in it. Skidoo Ace 2011..any suggestions? I usually have someone do it, but my guy/mechanic moved away in spring.
    Just go out and start it .
    That motor will run on 3 yr old gas just fine let alone 6 mo old gas

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    just starting sled however does nothing for basic PM's that should be done season to season??
    or doesn't help you prevent issue's by inspecting things good after a good bath ! more to keeping a sled running than good fuel and in winterizing motor!
    just saying NO bash here!

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    I agree with ezra----Start it and run it.

    Been doing it for 60 years.

    Don

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    Yes and drive around the yard!!!

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