Snowmobile Controls
Guide and Tips

Snowmobile Controls

The console area of a snowmobile contains many controls which can help you to control your snowmobile. Not all snowmobile control console areas look the same, but understanding the essential parts will ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. 

Snowmobile Key Switch

A key switch allows you to “lock” your machine it is basically a safeguard so others cannot start it without a key. the key switch starts the machine similar to starting a car. Always remove the key to help keep the snowmobile secure when leaving it parked in a public place. 

Snowmobile Speedometer

The speedometer displays your miles per hour (mph) and it is Located at the center of the console. it will show you the exact speed of your snowmobile and it will help you to ride at a fixed speed so you will get to your destination on time. 

Snowmobile Odometer

The odometer measures the snowmobile’s total distance traveled in miles. Some snowmobile models allow speed and distance settings to be set to metric (kilometers). Typically, a separate “trip meter” can be used to measure individual trip distances. 

Snowmobile Tachometer

Snowmobile tachometer

It measures how fast the engine is turning in revolutions per minute (RPMs). It is important to monitor engine RPMs. If the meter passes the red line, it means you are putting too much pressure on the engine, then the damage could occur which will put you in a tough situation and it will ruin your snowmobile outing. 

Snowmobile Temperature Gauge

Snowmobile temprature gauge

It is important to monitor the temperature levels to ensure the snowmobile’s engine does not overheat and cause engine damage. Liquid-cooled snowmobiles require snow dust to help cool radiator fins located under the tunnel or running boards. Whenever you operate your snowmobile at a high speed always check the temperature gauge in a while because it can be very difficult to manage once your engine gets heated.

Fuel Gauge of a Snowmobile

Fuel gauge

Always ensure the snowmobile’s gas tank is full before starting your trip and pay close attention to the fuel gauge’s level while on your outing. Make sure the fuel gauge of your snowmobile working properly and giving you the right signal about fuel condition.

Snowmobile Reverse

Reverse Button

The reverse can be operated by a lever at the rear of the hood or by an electronic switch located either on the handlebars or console. Be sure that the snowmobile stops with the engine idling before switching “in” or “out” of reverse. Many snowmobiles are equipped with reverse gear that allows the machine to be backed up at slow speeds.


The console controls of your Snowmobile give you the command to operate your sled at different levels. All the console controls that are discussed are very crucial and vital if you want to ride your snowmobile, So make sure you have a proper command of your snowmobile console area.


Selection of Tachometer :

The two most important parameters to consider when specifying tachometers are operating speed range and accuracy.

Snowmobile Gears :

Almost all snowmobiles being sold have a reverse feature. Older snowmobiles use mechanical reversing which requires the operator to pull a lever to get the sled into reverse.

Temperature Guideline :

The temp of a snowmobile during your ride should be between 195 degrees and 220 degrees.

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