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Gas Cap Problem

I took my gas cap from my new 28+ to the dealer because when tightened down the motor would sputter and quit after a few minutes. If you left it loose it will run just fine. The dealer told me to drill a hole in it.

Not satisfied with that answer I contacted Ariens by email with this information. Here is their response;

"The gas tank will vent through the gas cap. When installing the gas cap turn it until you first feel it tighten and stop turning the cap on. Any tighter and the result will be what you are experiencing. If this continues I would have the dealer take a look at the cap."

Wow, I was unaware of the special instructions needed to secure a gas cap. I was sure I mentioned to them that I had already taken the cap to the dealer.

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I took my gas cap from my new 28+ to the dealer because when tightened down the motor would sputter and quit after a few minutes. If you left it loose it will run just fine. The dealer told me to drill a hole in it.

Not satisfied with that answer I contacted Ariens by email with this information. Here is their response;

"The gas tank will vent through the gas cap. When installing the gas cap turn it until you first feel it tighten and stop turning the cap on. Any tighter and the result will be what you are experiencing. If this continues I would have the dealer take a look at the cap."

Wow, I was unaware of the special instructions needed to secure a gas cap. I was sure I mentioned to them that I had already taken the cap to the dealer.

Great warranty service.
I tighten my gas cap down fully and have no problem. Don't drill any holes in the cap, your cap is faulty. What others have done is to phone Ariens to say your cap is leaking gas. Which of course it is when not tightened down fully. Ariens will send you a new gas cap kit which seems to include the cap and screen fitting. The leaking gas cap seems to be a known problem.

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uh oh. I got my new cap kit in from Ariens yesterday. It was exactly the same metal insert, screen and cap that was already on mine. Only difference was that the new cap was definitely tighter than the original. I almost had to use two hands to turn it to the stops. I didn't run it after installing it though, so now I'll have to fire it up when I get home to see if the motor starves out. (and if the leaking stopped). This is such a crappy tank design compared to the simple working setups of the 60s-70s blowers that every owner out there for the past 50 years has never had to deal with a leaking gas cap.
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I also tighten mine all the way, you'll feel some resistance and then it locks in. Even though my gas cap didn't leak (knock on wood) I had my dealer get me the replacement gas cap kit under the recall, and the only difference is in the thickness of the rubber gasket. Take the gasket out of your old gas cap and the new one and compare. The new one is thicker. I don't use the splash guard because I have to refuel so often it gets in the way and annoys me, but it doesn't leak. It locks-in much firmer than the old cap with the thinner gasket.

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Take a look at how Honda ventilated their gas tank. There is a fitting in the gas tank and a small hose that runs to the air intake of the carburetor. This is a much better design than a pin hole in the cap. Plus any gasoline vapors are drawn through the carburetor and into the engine to be burned. Even the HF Predator 212cc engine has the same design gasoline tank vent.
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Take a look at how Honda ventilated their gas tank. There is a fitting in the gas tank and a small hose that runs to the air intake of the carburetor. This is a much better design than a pin hole in the cap. Plus any gasoline vapors are drawn through the carburetor and into the engine to be burned. Even the HF Predator 212cc engine has the same design gasoline tank vent.
Oh, that is the vent? My first Predator didn't have that hose, but my newer one does.

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just a follow up....fired it up yesterday and ran it for about 15 minutes cleaning up around the garage. No leaks and no starvation issue One thing I'm concerned about though is the metal lip on the neck insert sticks up a bit so that thicker rubber ring on the new cap could be rubbing on it since it goes on so tight now. Just hoping it doesn't start to cut up that rubber seal. That tank cap's going to get quite a work out since this tank holds only a few thimblefuls of gas!
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I took my gas cap from my new 28+ to the dealer because when tightened down the motor would sputter and quit after a few minutes. If you left it loose it will run just fine. The dealer told me to drill a hole in it.

Not satisfied with that answer I contacted Ariens by email with this information. Here is their response;

"The gas tank will vent through the gas cap. When installing the gas cap turn it until you first feel it tighten and stop turning the cap on. Any tighter and the result will be what you are experiencing. If this continues I would have the dealer take a look at the cap."

Wow, I was unaware of the special instructions needed to secure a gas cap. I was sure I mentioned to them that I had already taken the cap to the dealer.

Great warranty service.
Well, I received another Email from Ariens. They wrote that they are sending me a new gas cap. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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I took my gas cap from my new 28+ to the dealer because when tightened down the motor would sputter and quit after a few minutes. If you left it loose it will run just fine. The dealer told me to drill a hole in it.

Not satisfied with that answer I contacted Ariens by email with this information. Here is their response;

"The gas tank will vent through the gas cap. When installing the gas cap turn it until you first feel it tighten and stop turning the cap on. Any tighter and the result will be what you are experiencing. If this continues I would have the dealer take a look at the cap."

Wow, I was unaware of the special instructions needed to secure a gas cap. I was sure I mentioned to them that I had already taken the cap to the dealer.

Great warranty service.
Drifty -

Sorry you are having trouble with your gas cap. Please send me a Private Message with your model and serial number so I can help you with this.

Thanks.

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There's a recall on the gas cap??? I guess I need to contact Ariens. Mine leaked when I put it in the maintenance position to put the friction disc back together.
First time using my new deluxe 30 was not a good experience nor was dealing with the dealer I bought from.
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