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10000 series Ariens, about 40 years old. wont start

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Last Monday, I was using the orange beast and it was just gobbling up the semi wet snow up here in CT. I ended up running out of gas. I went and got gas and filled up the tank and tried to start it. For the life of me I could not get it to start. I ended up snapping the spring in the recoil starter. I managed to get that fixed, but now the **** thing wont start.

I figured i had flooded the engine, so i gave it about 30min to dry out and then tried again and still nothing.

I had a buddy come over who is better with small engines take a look and we think it might be the spark plug as it wasnt showing any spark. But how could a spark plug go bad just like that?

Any suggestions will be immensely appreciated as it looks like a big storm is coming this thursday.
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If you don't have a primer, pull the sparkplug and dribble a little gas in it, replace the plug and try it. Alternative would be try a little starter fluid. If it pops off then it's not getting gas through the carb. Do you have a primerbulb on the engine? I have one that if you run out of gas, after refilling the tank you need to prime it a time or two to get gas through the carb to the engine.

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If you don't have a primer, pull the sparkplug and dribble a little gas in it, replace the plug and try it. Alternative would be try a little starter fluid. If it pops off then it's not getting gas through the carb. Do you have a primerbulb on the engine? I have one that if you run out of gas, after refilling the tank you need to prime it a time or two to get gas through the carb to the engine.

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i took the plug out and sprayed carb cleaner in it, but i will try the gas trick.

i am pretty sure that it gets gas as gas line is full and after a few pull starts it has a heavy smell of gas in my garage.

After looking at some older manuals, there is no primer where it should have been. It also looks like the carb filter was removed. I could not find the carb bowl anywhere.

I will try with the gas this evening. thank you.
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Could be it is time for the points and condenser to be cleaned or replaced.

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I'd try the spark trick again. Pull the plug and with the wire connected lay it on metal and see if there is a good spark. If not, then there is no reason to mess with dribbling gas or getting a sore arm pulling it over.
You may have a plug that failed, coil or the points and or condenser gave up the ghost. It's an old (but good) machine and you have to expect a challenge here and there. Just take your time and work through it. If you don't have spark at the plug try another plug, any plug as yes the plug could have failed.
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i just bought a new plug during lunch and i will try the new plug and a bit of gas into the opening today at home. if that doesnt work i will try to get in down deeper and get to the ignition coil. i feel like this is a personal mission now. i have to fix it myself.
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OK. well i put in the new spark plug and manually primed the engine. all i got was a broken pull cord. lmfao. always something. my next question is how do i remove the ignition coil assembly to try and replace that?
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Did you watch the video ??

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Did you watch the video ??
i watched the 2nd video, but it only does the demo of when its out.
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Ok let me look once I know what engine you have. Please post what engine, HP and the numbers off it.

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