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Model 10962/10995

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I'm about a week into ownership of a 1969 Ariens 10962 with 10995 snow-thro attachment. It was my grandfather's, and was in my cousin's possession for the past 12 years or so. I received it after the last snowfall this year, but I can't wait until next year!

Before reading on, please know that I have NO experience with any sort of maintenance -- engine or otherwise -- for anything like this. I can change a tire on my car, and that's about it. So bear with me, please.

1. I noticed that the left tire was almost flat, so I filled it with air -- and it looks like there's a leak from the valve stem. It seems that the tube I need is Ariens p/n 71050, which Jack's Small Engines has for $25. Is this what I should get, or would I be able to get a "generic" version of this tube for less money?

2. I know this is a silly question, but I've seen youtube videos where people flip their snowblowers upright to work on the bottom or tires, etc. But my scoop is teardrop-shaped, not flat, so I can't flip it upright, correct? How do people work on it?

I'm sure I'll have lots more newbie/naive questions... thanks in advance.

Doug
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Hi Doug

1. Likely just need to tighten or replace the valve if it's actually leaking from the valve itself. Is it actually a tube or is it tubeless?

2. You could use blocks for support to keep it from rolling back or ahead if you need to tip it up.

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Hi Doug,
welcome to the forum!

1. You should be able to find a cheap replacement tube..
write down the tire size from the side of the tire, then go to Tractor supply, (or maybe even Home Depot or Lowes) and you can probably find a tube for that size tire..
I bought a tube for my 1970's era dump cart at Tractor Supply last summer.

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Its resting on the chute..
angle the chute so that its facing forward, then tip the whole thing up..
its sitting "tripod style" on the two sides of the bucket, and the chute..
it does put some weight on the chute, but as long as the chute is properly attached, it can handle it..I have been doing this once a year for 7 years now, it works fine!

Drift cutters might work better, but most people dont have them..and would have to have double drift cutters, not just one..the way I do it is "normal" and common..

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Congratulations on your new "tank".

When you tip it, try to have as little gas as possible or drain it down before tipping it and if it's your first time put down cardboard so if the engine leaks any oil you have something to catch it on other than the garage floor or driveway. Once you've done it a couple times you'll know if you need to continue or not.

Wanted to point out the link in Ssotsman's signature. Great pictures, history and repair and restoration info for Ariens owners : The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site..

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Hi Doug

1. Likely just need to tighten or replace the valve if it's actually leaking from the valve itself. Is it actually a tube or is it tubeless?

2. You could use blocks for support to keep it from rolling back or ahead if you need to tip it up.

Thanks for the response, RAYAR. According to the Ariens manual, my model has tire and wheel assembly A12991, which includes a tire (71066), tube (71050) and rim (71052).

With the tire so deflated, I can actually stick my finger between the rim and tire and feel the tube. In fact, you can see it peaking out in this pic:



Here's a close-up pic of the valve stem; you can see that it's cracked (circled in red):



Maybe I used the wrong phrasing to describe the problem... but for this, I'd need to replace the tube, and not just the valve, right?

Thanks!
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Hi Doug,
welcome to the forum!

1. You should be able to find a cheap replacement tube..
write down the tire size from the side of the tire, then go to Tractor supply, (or maybe even Home Depot or Lowes) and you can probably find a tube for that size tire..
I bought a tube for my 1970's era dump cart at Tractor Supply last summer.

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Its resting on the chute..
angle the chute so that its facing forward, then tip the whole thing up..
its sitting "tripod style" on the two sides of the bucket, and the chute..
it does put some weight on the chute, but as long as the chute is properly attached, it can handle it..I have been doing this once a year for 7 years now, it works fine!

Drift cutters might work better, but most people dont have them..and would have to have double drift cutters, not just one..the way I do it is "normal" and common..

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Thanks, Scot! I'll try to find a cheaper tube. And then of course, I'll have to learn how to change it ;-)
I was planning on taking off the wheel, but do I need to do that or is it as simple as prying the tire over the wheel, removing old tube, inserting new tube, jimmying the tire back on, with the wheel still on the machine?

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90% likely you need a new tube.

To be sure, put a little air in it then smear the area of the crack with soapy water. If you see bubbles, you've found your leak.

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Well, it could just be a loose valve core and tightening it up might work. You need to pull the wheel off and put it in a bucket of water and see where it's bubbling. If it's from the end of the stem it could be as easy as tightening that core.

Looks like it's a 4.10 x 3.50 x 6"

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Congratulations on your new "tank".

When you tip it, try to have as little gas as possible or drain it down before tipping it and if it's your first time put down cardboard so if the engine leaks any oil you have something to catch it on other than the garage floor or driveway. Once you've done it a couple times you'll know if you need to continue or not.

Wanted to point out the link in Ssotsman's signature. Great pictures, history and repair and restoration info for Ariens owners : The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site..
Thanks for the tip, Kiss4aFrog.
I've spent many hours over the past week reviewing Scot's site -- it's been incredibly useful!
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That tube can be found at Lowes, Shop Tire Aid 4.10/3.50 x 4" Utility Inner Tube with Sealant at Lowes.com and PepBoys $2.90 !!! http://www.pepboys.com/product/details/166830/00871 among others.

At $2.90 I'd get a couple and not even bother checking out the old one. I'd just make sure the tire doesn't have anything sticking through it that can puncture a new tube.

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