||01-01-2013 11:13 AM
If your Ariens keeps stalling, check gas cap!!!!!
Of course during the first major snow storm of the year my Ariens snowblower decided to quit!!! I had used it two days before and it ran fine.
I got one path to the end of my driveway done and it quit. I had to push it back into my garage. Countless times it started, however it wouldn't stay going. I removed and cleaned the spark plug, added more gas, etc. etc. to no avail. I gave in and called the local Ariens service center the next morning. The technician came removed and checked the carburetor and performed some other checks. He finally concluded that the gas cap was the cause of the engine stopping. There is supposed to be a metal diaphragm installed inside the top of the gas cap. This controls the air flow. Apparently this had fallen out. This is what was causing the engine to stall. I purchased a new gas cap and replaced it. So far the machine is running smoothly. Before you take major steps to repair your snowblower, check out your gas cap. This might be the culprit!!!