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Ariens 1028 problem

Before last winter I picked up an Ariens 1028 with the AX414 (20 ft/lbs) engine. It has been awesome until tonight. About an hour into the snow cleanup, it sounded like the engine revved higher than normal for a second, like small engines sometimes do when they start to run out of gas, but it wasn't out of gas. After that, it was sluggish and seemed down on power. It was bogging in 8-10" of fluffy snow, where normally the revs would barely drop for such a small amount of snow. Also, with the engine speed turned down and idling while I brushed snow off the cars, the idle seemed erratic. Also, normally when under load as soon as you disengage the auger, the engine speed will jump right up, but it seemed it like it was taking longer than normal for the engine speed to recover.

Sometimes it would come out of it and run great again.

It's 10 degrees F and the snow is light and fluffy and blowing around, creating basically whiteout conditions. I don't think its a problem with the actual engine, since it ran fine sporadically. It seems more like a throttle linkage or fuel problem. May some ice built up somewhere and was hanging up the throttle linkage?

I looked it over the best I could without taking all of the engine covers off, and didn't notice anything abnormal. I've got it near heat right now to try to warm it up and get rid of any ice that built up.

There is a storm coming Saturday and then a BIG one Monday, I really need to get this thing working right!
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Not sure what to make of it. Sounds like a fuel issue. First thing that comes to mind is possibly a clogged vent in the gas cap. Try running it with cap loose to rule it out.
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Not sure what to make of it. Sounds like a fuel issue. First thing that comes to mind is possibly a clogged vent in the gas cap. Try running it with cap loose to rule it out.
or some bad gas

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Is there an easy way to drain the gas? I don't think I can syphon it out because of that screen at the top of the tank. Maybe I'll just put a little seafoam in.
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Is there an easy way to drain the gas? I don't think I can syphon it out because of that screen at the top of the tank. Maybe I'll just put a little seafoam in.
If you suspect a poor gas issue don't bother adding anything to the mix. Just get rid of it and start again. Pull gas hose off the bottom of the tank and let it out. Also utilize the drain in the bottom of the carburetor bowl with the spring to empty the bowl and the left over in hose will come through there too.
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Sounds good. I don't suspect that gas is the problem, the gas is from a clean container and was purchased within the past 2 weeks. But I will drain it and use new gas just to be sure.
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