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post #1 of 5 Old 02-03-2018, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Ariens Self Propel Acting Up....

I purchased a brand new Ariens Platinum SHO 24" last year and got to use it about 3 times that year. All went well. We finally got snow about 2-3 weeks ago this year and I had no issue doing my driveway and then loading it into my truck to do my parents driveway. When I was almost done with their driveway the self propel began to act up. Sometimes I felt like I had to push it forward.

When I was done with their driveway I tried to drive it up the ramps into my truck but it didn't want to go up at all which it never had a problem before. We eventually pushed it up. When I got home it came down in reverse just fine but wouldn't go forward. I had to drag it across my lawn to put it away.

We got a few inches this week so I fired her up and she seemed fine going down the driveway. I turned her around to go up and she wouldn't budge. Only about 6" of powder snow. I kept switching gears and reverse was not a problem. When I put her in high gear then she would self propel but she acted like she was in low gear. I had no issues while in high gear other than her moving along as if in low gear.

In fact, sometimes I would try low gear again and she would go but then basically come to a standstill when she hit the snow.

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Seems like the forward ‘speeds’ are out of adjustment. I’d put it on service position, remove the lower pan and inspect what’s happening as you shift through the gears.
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First thing is check the cable. Make sure it's adjusted correctly, some times the cable pops of the little black pulley on in the lower back part of the unit.

Next thing I have seen happen, is the disk that is driven with the belt from the motor pivots towards the friction disk that is adjusted with the speed selector handle.

Sometimes one side of this pivot slips out of it's place on the machine. Which would make sense when your in reverse the friction disk is in the center of the disk driven from the motor. The faster you try to go moves the friction disk to the outer side of the disk driven from the motor and if it's not hinging correctly the problem will be exacerbated and not making good contact.


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Part #6 the top little rod one side might have slipped out of the frame making it not contact the friction disk correctly.

Hopefully something I said makes sense

I hope you get it figured out
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I'm finally back looking at this thread so obviously I haven't tried any of the suggestions but I did try something on my own....

So I've got the bar that's attached to the gear selector on my dashboard. That bar goes towards the back of the machine where one end of the rod is threaded. I unscrewed that end of the rod a little bit last week when we had a storm and the machine worked a bit better. It wouldn't do much in low gear but in high gear she would move along as if she was in low gear so things were better. I felt like I still needed to push the machine along a bit but at least she was moving along.

We are expecting another storm tomorrow so I backed out that rod a bit more and started her up. I'm happy to report that it appears to be self propelling as she should. Low gear is low speed and high gear is definitely a quicker speed. Time will tell how things go after this storm but I'm more optimistic than I was for the last storm! :-)

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Your owners manual that came with the machine will show you how to make the adjustments properly. They are generally very good manuals. You can download them free from Ariens.

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