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Metallic sound when auger engaged

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In November I purchased my first new Ariens (Classic 24, a little undersized for my area, but let's say I'm frugal - it's good enough by my standards).

I noticed when I engage the Auger, there is a sound I can best describe as a "creak" - a slight metallic sound that is accompanied by a slight surge of the engine, I suppose since it is coming under load.

I have not heard any such metallic sound in previous snow blowers. I made a recording with my phone, but this aspect of the sound is not discernible in it.

Can anyone provide any input as to whether this is common? Out of two warranty dealers in my area, there is only one I would take it to, and I would have to transport it there (several miles away) for them to even judge the sound.

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A True Value hardware store in Calumet, MI. They sell a wide range of Ariens snow blowers, but I ordered online and didn't realize at the time they are not a dealer.

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Welcome new member. The creek sound that you're speaking of could very well be from the return spring or the nylon pulley, if applicable, on the cable to the hand grip. A solution to the spring Noise, if applicable, is to place a small strip of foam in the center of the spring. This foam provides enough tension to break up the harmonics of the spring. Also, I have seen the hooks squeak where they are retained at the bracket, so a little bit of oil might work there. For the nylon roller, if applicable, just Lube it.
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The engine surge is the governor kicking in and that's normal.

I suggest having a second person engage the auger while you listen. If could be something loose or something bent. You could remove the shear pins from the auger then spin it.

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Might simply be the small amount of belt speed on the drive pulley as it transitions from not moving to at-speed. Without hearing it, it's hard to say, but from what you wrote, I'd likely not be worrying about it much . . .
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Thanks for the suggestions. The sound seems to be coming from inside the housing. Figured I should get it checked out just in case, so I dropped it off at the dealer today (they were about to close through the weekend).

On top of this, after my original post I snow...blew? on a day colder than most, and the thing was surging the whole time. When I shut it off half an hour later a flame came up from the muffler. Then today it ran as smooth as ever.

These may be minor issues, but it's a little irritating after barely two months of ownership. I bought a new one to avoid this stuff. If anything substantial is found I will post back for others' benefit!
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Thanks for the suggestions. The sound seems to be coming from inside the housing. Figured I should get it checked out just in case, so I dropped it off at the dealer today (they were about to close through the weekend).

On top of this, after my original post I snow...blew? on a day colder than most, and the thing was surging the whole time. When I shut it off half an hour later a flame came up from the muffler. Then today it ran as smooth as ever.

These may be minor issues, but it's a little irritating after barely two months of ownership. I bought a new one to avoid this stuff. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG] If anything substantial is found I will post back for others' benefit!
Flame? Half hour after you shut it down? Very dangeroso!
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When I shut it off half an hour later a flame came up from the muffler. Then today it ran as smooth as ever.
Was it really a half hour latter? Or do you mean I used it for a half hour then shut it off? Anyway, never shut the engine off while at full throttle. Throttle engine at 1/2 throttle for 20-30 seconds then lower the throttle again and wait 30 seconds. This should solve your problem.
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Flame? Half hour after you shut it down? Very dangeroso!
No, to clarify, I ran it for about half an hour and the flame came (first and only time) when I shut off the switch after that.

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