November 30, 2009

For all you snowmobile drivers out there: how long did it take you to get the hang of starting it? Come on now, I know there are a bunch of lurkers out there - reading without commenting; if you're a lurker with a snow-sport background, HELP ME OUT! I still can't figure out how to consistently start the beast. I think I'm super paranoid about flooding it now. And short stops vs long stops? Temperature has been pretty constant between -20 and -30. Gas line antifreeze...check. Throttle or choke? Which is your preference? Though I grew up in a small town with lots of snow, I basically focussed on learning how to drive on black ice in a blizzaed with zero visibility NOT on the intricacies of off-road vehicles. Not only that...I've basically spent all of my adult life in cities which most Canadians would consider huge (Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, etc.). Public transportation people!

Anyway...lurkers, now's your time to make yourself known - even a little shout out would make me feel happy. As I always tell my students: yooo can dooo eeet!

Talk to you all soon, ya?

Oh, and the Alouettes rock!


Anonymous said...

I've just recently started using a machine exactly the same as yours (just green!) and I find it alot harder to start that the one I was using before....I've been starting it at half choke, pull like heck (to me the hardest part) and then through it to full choke for about 30 seconds before back to half....let it warm for a bit, choke off, and away you go...hopefully!! I'm still crossing my fingers every-time I go our to start it! Good luck!

Tara Muise said...

thanks for the advice! mine has an electric start that has worked so far, but i'm trying to practise with the pull-cord...seriously sore triceps!

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

I had command start. I would command my hubby to get out there and start it! aaahhahahah

I did the same as Lindsay above stated when I did it myself. Happy pulling!

Tara Muise said...

well, no 'command start' with me (though sometimes my students take pity on me and help me out). right now the problem is moisture in the gas line...i'm backfiring all over the place!