Snow Cats Summer Service: What Your Owners Manual May Have Not Mentioned!

Snow Cats Summer Service: What Your Owners Manual May Have Not Mentioned!

Snow Cat Summer Inspection/Service

These are 4 items not listed on most manufacturers’ maintenance schedules that can make a huge difference in your snow cats reliability next year.

  1. Drain the fuel tank and steam clean it out if you see rust of debris at the bottom. Refill to top and add fuel de-icer. Replace all in-line fuel filters.
  2. Drain rear end and replace differential fluids. Inspect the lining of the break bands for wear and replace as needed.
  3. Fully grease all grease fittings with high quality moisture resistant grease. On bearings, which are not sealed (such as bogey wheel bearings) force plenty of grease through to flush out all contaminated grease.
  4. Completely drain all brake fluid from the steering brake system and discard. Install new manufacturer recommended brake fluid and bleed all air from system.

In addition to these recommendations, you should of course, also consult and follow your owners’ manual.

Be safe out there!

Arthur  Seely

  • Bill
    Posted at 09:55h, 02 December Reply

    Hi I’m looking for a manual for my bomb I would like to buy …..operating ….parts….and maint……manuals anything will help ………….thank you. BILL

  • Art Seely
    Posted at 08:02h, 01 November Reply


    Thanks for that great question! On the old 1400 and 1200 series we spend so much time on the steering hydraulics we often forget the clutch hydraulics. That is probably a good thing because it means they don’t fail often! I am going to walk you through the basics. In a nutshell you are absolutely right there is no reservoir on the master cylinder. To reload fluid into the master cylinder you take off the rubber cap, hose clamp, top bolt etc to get access to the top of the fluid in the cylinder. This is where you will add your fluid. Then go to the far end of the system down by the clutch itself and you will see the silver metal hydraulic line terminate in a round slave cylinder housing. Fortunately there is a bleeder valve here which you will need to open. You add your hydraulic fluid to the cylinder on the front wall that you just took the cap and parts off and use a brake bleeder device at the bleeder valve by the clutch assembly. Can you do it without a bleeder valve and count on gravity to get your fluid all the way down without bubbles….sure but it will take a very long time and you will still have a bubble. Buy the brake bleeder now and you can use it on your steering hydraulics also! As to the proper setting for the amount of travel of the pedal please see the attachments!

    Tom that was a truly great question so we are sending you a copy of the complete original owners manual as a gift by USPS.

    Best, Art

    • Tom Elbert
      Posted at 19:49h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you so much for your reply! I figured it out, there’s a cast in reservoir and a hole in the piston below the pushrod. Bled it, next I’ll adjust it . Great website!

  • Tom Elbert
    Posted at 20:10h, 21 October Reply

    I’m working on a Spryte with a 4 speed. (I had one for years with an auto) The master cylinder has no reservoir, and I’m not sure how to fill it. Loosen the slave bleeder and pump it in? I’ve got the cab off, so at least I can get to it reasonably.
    Thanks in advance,
    Tom Elbert
    Big Bear Lake

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