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Help! Ignition issue where to connect loose wire?

High. I'm Brandon and I live outside of Salt Lake City Utah.

Today I have 16" of snow. Got to start the snowblower for first time this year. starts for a few seconds, dies won't start. Thought it was old gas, drained and filled, still no start. While inspecting the carburetor I see a green wire hanging loose. It connects at one end to the ignition switch. The other end has broken or shaken loose.

For the life of me, I can't figure out where it goes. My ignition switch is the simple push/pull style plastic key type, and apparently only has this one green wire attached. In my 54 years this is the first single wire ignition switch I've seen. The wire is only 4 - 5 inches long, so not a lot of possibilities. The connector may have broken.

This is a 24 inch Ariens 624E 2 stage that I bought new In 2008. It has always started without fail up to this point.


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Whats the actual model/series then well know which motor, but I am sure someone will know exactly where there goes without looking at a manual and know it by heart but lets see if we can at least get the engine model narrowed down in the mean time encase I am the only response (which I doubt)
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One wire off key grounds to same cvr key is on, the green wire u speak of I believe should attach to the throttle lever shutoff switch, or the the tab connected to the throttle shutoff. Sorry that I can't explain better


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Common sense should prevail as to where this wire came from, just take a look at the possibility's. When in doubt, look in your manual or put the info in google and look into the search results.
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Just put my rider and push mower away and brought to the forward of my lower garage my 2 older Arien's and my older 7100 Yardman. C'mon snow .... LOL
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Heres one that is also broke, the wires should be attached to a terminal on the white plastic piece.
Unless the wire is shorting out against something i dont think its causing a no start situation
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Exactly, as long as the key is in and throttle is up it should start


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Usually, a broken wire from the ignition switch would result in not being able to TURN OFF the engine. The ignition key switch opens a switch breaking a ground circuit allowing the engine to start and run. Removing the key grounds the ignition coil, killing the spark and stopping the engine.

Suggest you remove the spark plug, then pull the engine over with the plug wire attached to the plug, and the threads of the plug touching a head bolt, and see if you can see a spark across the plug gap when you crank the engine over. Might be a bad plug, or bad ignition coil if there is no spark showing at the plug. Best to do this in reduced light so you can see it. Also make sure the plug is gapped properly and not covered in crap or carbon.

Did you drain the carb of the old gas? If not, could be there is still old gas in the float bowl and the new gas has not yet displaced the old yet. Might try a quick spritz of starting fluid into the carb to see if it will fire and run long enough to get the new fuel into the carb.

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Thanks for the picture NWCove. That looks like the original configuration, except attached to a white plastic block, that is attached to the throttle linkage. I can see how the throttle linkage touches the bare metal wire coming out of the end of the white plastic block to shut down the engine.

It looks like the key interrupts the ground, and makes a ground when removed. So the wire hanging free should do the same thing. Is that correct? If it is correct then it should start.

Part way through typing this reply I went out to the garage to see if it would start. I discovered that the bowl on the carb was dry. I removed the bowl, and in a few seconds gas leaked out. I reinstalled the bowl, and tried to start and it started. Maybe the float had been stuck.

Thank you everyone who replied so far. I hope that my ineptitude can help others.
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im sure i will be corrected if wrong, but there are a few mentions of the "key" being a kill switch,.. it does kill the engine , but ive always thought/used that key as a way to lock out/disable it, as opposed to shutting it down. the throttle lever going to the stop position is the way i shut that style machine off, then i remove the key and somehow misplace it .

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