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Ariens 921046 oil leak- oil everywhere- any idea why? - 254" engine, 28" Deluxe model

Just bought this in November new at HDepot, used about 4 times. 254CC engine. 28" Deluxe model.

See photo. Where is all this oil coming from?

I did do an oil change today, and I tipped the machine to get the oil out, though I tipped it no further then I normally tip when snowblowing and turning around. It looks like there was oil dripping before the oil change, there is oil on the mat in the garage under the machine. As its frozen in water, I thought it was just dirt until today (gravel driveway)

Can someone shed some light on this for me? I did upload photos to my account at Ariens (I opened a case).

the oil is NOT from the oil drain tube. NOT. that part is dry and I am mechanically inclined and did not rotate the drain tube w/ a wrench when draining.

Pretty frustrated for what this machine costs. Its beyond 30 days so cannot return to HDepot which sucks.
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Can you take a wider picture? Is the area below the valve cover?

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Can you take a wider picture? Is the area below the valve cover?

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Thanks for reply.

Cant take one now unfortunately, dark out and not tons of light in garage. Can tomorrow. This is where all the oil is at, all over the left side. I bought an Ariens so I wouldn't have to work on it! :/

i am not sure where to go with this
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Cant take one now unfortunately, dark out and not tons of light in garage. Can tomorrow. This is where all the oil is at, all over the left side. I bought an Ariens so I wouldn't have to work on it! :/



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Alrighty, my guess is that it is coming from the vent breather on the valve cover. Take a picture when you can. A tiny bit of oil mist is normal. A lot indicates an overfilled crankcase, or potentially a blown head gasket. Just guessing as mentioned.



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Alrighty, my guess is that it is coming from the vent breather on the valve cover. Take a picture when you can. A tiny bit of oil mist is normal. A lot indicates an overfilled crankcase, or potentially a blown head gasket. Just guessing as mentioned.



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Thanks, if I had a schematic I could check that breather, but I am not sure the PDFs I have outline where that breather is at. I haven't poked around on the engine much, will have to look closely tomorrow.

This occurred before I changed the oil so if it was overfilled (?) it would have to be from the factory that way?

blown head gasket on a new machine....wondering how normal that would be for an Ariens. I have only used it 4 times or so. One reason I bought it was to avoid issues like this.

I will get a bigger pic tomorrow. Appreciate the insight.
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here are more photos. Its freezing/frosty outside here today so photos have some glare. I did not fire it up prior to taking these today. rocker cover = valve cover
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You are going to have to take the engine off of the frame and clean all of it off or it will be seeping out for quite some time when the engine is hot. Oil between engine and frame.
When you have the engine out, check all of the case cover bolts to make sure they are tight, I have seen them loosen up already.
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If you can not locate the leak, I would well imagine you are still in the Ariens Warranty, just bring it to the local repair center under your Ariens warranty.

It is rare, but I have seen aluminum casings come out like cheesecloth, weeps right through the casing. I had a brand new LHS years ago that Chrysler bought back after 1 1/2 years for bad engine casting. Ford had a batch of Lincolns years ago with aluminum transmission casings doing the same thing.
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The aluminum becomes "Porous" almost like a sponge and oil leaks through it very slowly. I have seen that many times on a lot of different things.
Like oneacer mentioned, if its still under warranty, take it to a good repair center.
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