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Question My Ariens snow blower stalls out when I engauge foward or reverse.

I first posted this in a general area of the forum, and found today that the forum is set up by brand name, so I am moving my post here


I have an Ariens 962024 snowblower 26" wide I have had it for about 10 years, and have had no problems with it until this fall. I added treated non ethanol gas, activated the chock, set the throttle, pumped the prime port, and pushed the start button, and it started immediately. I reset the chock, let it warm up a bit and engaged the track drive, and it stalled out, forward and reverse.



I have the owners manual, but it is not very helpful as with most manuals it is written more for those very familiar with the device, and is not exactly intuitive in nature so I am slowly working my way through it.


I have not checked anything yet, but does anyone have any ideas?
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I would assume if it is when you engage the drive, and it stalls out, then something is binding, i.e. Broke gear, something jammed in the drive system, etc....... A quick inspection would be in order.
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Agreed, may have mice building a nest inside and something got bound up.

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Have you checked thr drive lever cable adjustment?
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Can you roll it in neutral?

Put the blower on blocks lifting the wheels off the ground with the engine off and neutral drive, spin the wheels, start the engine and engage the drive. Turn the engine off. Depending what you find, take the drive belt off, spin the wheels. Stand it on the auger, remove the bottom plate, look around, turn the wheels.

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Stand it on the auger, remove the bottom plate, look around, turn the wheels.

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If it was stored outside over the summer, you might have a critter nest in the transmission. Time to open her up per the video posted above and inspect/clean things up.
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Try leaving the choke on a 1/4 of the way if the engine stays running it could mean it's running too lean and might need carb. work now that its ten years old. I find even using fresh fuel and stabilizer that eventually all carbs need attention.
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Have you checked thr drive lever cable adjustment?

I am not really sure where to look for that. All I know is that it worked like a champ last winter, and got a workout, as I had to clear the snow drifts around our 2/3 acre dog yard. It was about 3' deep all around the dog yard on a 5' fence so I had to go around the outside, and the inside of the fence. I sure got a work out that day. But the machine performed very well. I let it idle down for quite a while to cool it off after that day, and then idled over to the barn where I store it.But it sure is not working well now. The engine runs fine, but if I engage the forward or reverse, the engine stalls out. I did remove the belt cover thinking that maybe a critter had somehow crawled up into the works, but no critters. There was a bit of rubber debris under the cover, but not an excessive amount. I read somewhere that the disk might be sticking to cause that.

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I am not really sure where to look for that. All I know is that it worked like a champ last winter, and got a workout, as I had to clear the snow drifts around our 2/3 acre dog yard. It was about 3' deep all around the dog yard on a 5' fence so I had to go around the outside, and the inside of the fence. I sure got a work out that day. But the machine performed very well. I let it idle down for quite a while to cool it off after that day, and then idled over to the barn where I store it.But it sure is not working well now. The engine runs fine, but if I engage the forward or reverse, the engine stalls out. I did remove the belt cover thinking that maybe a critter had somehow crawled up into the works, but no critters. There was a bit of rubber debris under the cover, but not an excessive amount. I read somewhere that the disk might be sticking to cause that.
Have you tried engaging just the auger? Does it keep running with auger turning?
Re-read your post and try the suggestions posted, if the drive is not binding up at all, I'd look at carb issues next,
Good Luck, keep us posted.
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