Originally Posted by docfletcher
Put the machine in the service position. Look where the shaft enters the bushing, look for the white grommet around the pushing and the inverted star retainer. If you don't see the retainer it is missing. Gotta fix that before you can do anything else. If the bushing/white grommet/retainer is all there then that's great.
Next while in the service position look at the cable and the adjusting nuts. You need to get every bit of slack out that you can. It is supposed to lift up all by itself when you move the handle.
Are you getting a full 110 degree chute rotation both counterclockwise and clockwise?
Thanks, I'll take a look later in the week. It seems I get more rotation to the left than the right. It feels like I'm getting some kind of resistance as it gets to the end of travel to the right. More like 90 degrees to the right.
Originally Posted by skybar
One of the reasons I picked the Platinum series was the chute control. I would no longer recommend that series and would go with something that was not so "sophisticated" for turning the chute. Manual crank seems more reliable.
Also one of the reasons I picked the Platinum. I would have went with the manual crank if the handle was in the control area and not in front, not a very convenient location when you have a cab. I've got to say I could have cared less about the heated grips until I used them a few times.
The chute rotation design is lacking in my opinion, the Husqvarna I tried before I bought the Ariens had a better response. I knew I would have to get out the wrenches eventually but wasn't (and shouldn't have to be) expecting this soon. The dealer was a real joke, apparently Ariens needs a better way of vetting their dealers.