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Ariens 28 SHO - No Power

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I'm going on my 3rd year with a Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO. The first two years the machine has been great. Sadly, with two little kids under three, I didn't have a chance to drain the gas and put the machine away the right way last year. This year I think I made a mistake. Instead of draining the old gas, I burned it off. I then filled with new gas and changed the oil.

Now the machine starts right up, but it has significantly reduced power. The first 2-3 times I used the snow blower, it worked OK, but you could tell it didn't have the same power to rip through the mound at the end of the driveway. This last time it was so under powered that even without snow, the machine didn't have enough power to roll forward. I'm debating about having it serviced for $200. However, since it does start right up I wanted to discuss with you all if there was an easy fix. It seems pretty straight forward since the machine does run, it just seems like it's not getting enough fuel or something.

I know, I know I'm an idiot for not taking care of the snowblower like I should. Sometimes you have other time commitments and you can't get to it.

Any input is greatly appreciated.
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I would pull the carb and clean it. get in to the main jet and emulsion tube. while you have the fuel line disconnected from the carb do a flow test , by turning on the fuel shut off and catch fuel in a clean container so that you can see any contaminants or water, you should have a pretty steady stream. Check float bowl for gunk and float setting. as well needle and seat. Basically do a thorough cleaning.

Also I have Used STP Fuel system/ injector (automotive) cleaner in the gas, for those machines that showed a little bit of carb problems. and it worked well.
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Also check the spark plug , install a spare if you have it.
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Don't feel bad Dan, I never drain the gas or add stabilizer etc to any of my engines, snowblower, chipper, lawn mower, garden tractor, BCS 2-wheel tractor, maybe I'm just lucky, but no problems - so far.

I was having a similar problem this winter with my Ariens 24 DL Platinum, turned out to be a friction disc problem, nothing to do with the engine. Maybe, just check the belt tensions and drive setup - from the owners manual.
Just my 2cents (around 3 cents US)

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Is it power or are you just basing it on how far the snow is being thrown? Your belts may need adjusting.
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