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I recently brought my Ariens ST28 291CC into the garage from the shed, and fired it up. It started great, but spit a bunch of black oily residue onto the blower hopper, through the muffler. I did stand it up in Spring to change the oil and service it. Do I need to be concerned about this? It is the very first Fall I have owned this machine, but it seems to run fine.

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Check your oil level and just clean it up with a rag soaked in hand cleaner.
and clean up around the air box and inside the air box with the same rag as well.
It will stink for a while and eventually stop smoking.

Why did you not leave it on the ground to change the oil?????????
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Check the oil level. Is it too high?



If the level is OK, and the oil doesn't smell like gas, then I wouldn't worry about it yet. Also see if it happens again. Maybe you just got some oil drained into an odd location, from tipping it up.

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My machine drains it's oil through a spout on the right side, above the right wheel. It's a strange location for a drain; you have to remove the right wheel to drain it. When I had it on it's bucket to grease the internals, I thought it might be easier just to tip it right. I bought this machine last April, from the Dealership who had used it slightly.....so I really haven't had much experience with it yet. We got about 2 feet of wet snow last Spring, and my machine decided to surrender. I bought this the next morning.

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I would guess you're ok and it's just from being in the service position. You might want to move it outside and let it run at a low speed for a while to fully warm up and burn off anything that might have seeped past the piston rings and is sitting in the muffler.

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My machine drains it's oil through a spout on the right side, above the right wheel. It's a strange location for a drain; you have to remove the right wheel to drain it. When I had it on it's bucket to grease the internals, I thought it might be easier just to tip it right. I bought this machine last April, from the Dealership who had used it slightly.....so I really haven't had much experience with it yet. We got about 2 feet of wet snow last Spring, and my machine decided to surrender. I bought this the next morning.
TAke a look at the rear of the block and see if there is another drain plug there. (probably a square headed plug). I found removing the wheel from my machine was a pain so I bought an extension pipe and use the rear drain now instead . Pipe extends past the back of the machine so the old oil goes right into the pan and none on the frame of the machine or the floor.

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[QUOTE=skutflut;1598163]TAke a look at the rear of the block and see if there is another drain plug there. (probably a square headed plug). I found removing the wheel from my machine was a pain so I bought an extension pipe and use the rear drain now instead . Pipe extends past the back of the machine so the old oil goes right into the pan and none on the frame of the machine or the floor.[/QUOTE


The wheels should be removed and the shaft greased yearly anyway
You do not have to remove the wheel just slide out 3 or 4 inches with the machine elavated so you can tilt it and drain all the oil into the folgers container thats what i did but i had already greased the shaft prior
The right side of the machine i could not get the wheel off as it was never removed like the left to change the oil
If ant broke dont fix it ill deal with it when and if i have to
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Thanks so much! I will definitely check this out....I am sure that I will learn the 'in's and out's" of this wonderful machine.
It would be great to be able to drain it from the back.

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Thanks for the great advice. I did run it for a bit, at low and full to see if it would do it again, but it did not.

But, as I do enjoy fooling around with it by starting it ( kinda teasing Old man Winter to c'mon!) , I will definitely run it a bit more.

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Thanks for the great advice. I did run it for a bit, at low and full to see if it would do it again, but it did not.

But, as I do enjoy fooling around with it by starting it ( kinda teasing Old man Winter to c'mon!) , I will definitely run it a bit more.
I am not superstitious, but I never tease Old Man W___er out loud. I know if he hears about it, he will make me pay for it and regret having teased him. He's a crotchety old bugger.

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