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10000 series question

Hello,

I have a 10000 series Ariens, not sure of the exact numbers but based on the manual stickied above, thats what it is.

It has been running well all winter untill yesterday, I can't pull the recoil cord anymore to start it (locked up). I have tried taking out the spark plug and spraying wd40 down there, heated the machine up with a heater thinking it may be frozen. The auger and intake blades also seem to be stuck. Oil is good as well. I tried pulling the cord again today and it seemed to come out a bit further (about 6-8 inches) today. Any information would be helpful.

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Probably broke a connecting rod. Roger
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When did you last use it? And when you did last use it did it stop abruptly with a big noise? If it was working fine, it's prob not a connecting rod and may just be frozen up and need to be worked free as you are doing. Guys on here will have plenty of advise for you. It may be easier to work it free if you remove the blower housing and put a socket wrench on the flywheel and work it back and forth.

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When did you last use it? And when you did last use it did it stop abruptly with a big noise? If it was working fine, it's prob not a connecting rod and may just be frozen up and need to be worked free as you are doing. Guys on here will have plenty of advise for you. It may be easier to work it free if you remove the blower housing and put a socket wrench on the flywheel and work it back and forth.
I used it the day before and it worked just fine, had started up on the second pull. Shut it off normally no signs of it malfunctioning or anything. Went to use it the next day and cord wont pull.
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This may be a silly question, but do you have the auger engaged? Then would be trying to turn the auger with the motor when you are starting it making it very difficult to turn over.

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This may be a silly question, but do you have the auger engaged? Then would be trying to turn the auger with the motor when you are starting it making it very difficult to turn over.
Not a silly question, is the handle that engages the auger, the same one that makes the rakes start to turn? Im assuming yes. I believe that is all engaged currently.
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At least disengage the belt clutch before attempting to start it.

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Not a silly question, is the handle that engages the auger, the same one that makes the rakes start to turn? Im assuming yes. I believe that is all engaged currently.
Ok, they should be disengaged so the auger can spin free when the motor is off. This allows you to start it with the motor spinning free and not trying to turn the augers at start up. Maybe something is stuck keeping the auger engaged because you can't spin that either right? You may have to separate the tractor from the auger housing to get in there...?

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Ok, they should be disengaged so the auger can spin free when the motor is off. This allows you to start it with the motor spinning free and not trying to turn the augers at start up. Maybe something is stuck keeping the auger engaged because you can't spin that either right? You may have to separate the tractor from the auger housing to get in there...?
Correct, tipped it up on its side and the auger or rakes wont spin.
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Disconnect Belt, and Spray PB Blaster or WD into spark plug hole. Put a Pipe wrench or Visegrips on the crank and work it free. You'll know if the rod is broken once you free it up. Sometimes seized engines will still work. If the Auger is Frozen, it may be the bearing, or possibly the pin in the gearbox Grenaded and is jamming the gears, or there is some debris jamming the impeller. GL.

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