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post #1 of 28 Old 10-23-2015, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Semi New Ariens 921037 leaking oil from engine

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The blower is about 8 months old, less than 5 hours run time. Prepping it for winter noticed oil seeping from the right (muffler side) of the engine. Appears to be coming from the lower right (as facing the unit) crank case cover bolt. It's seeping over to the left side and then down into area where the axle is. The inside of the service cover was covered in oil. It only leaks when the unit has been operated.

This bolt does not appear to be very easily accessible without pulling the engine off the main chassis. That black guard is in the way. It is still in warranty, but is a hassle to get it to the shop. Any thoughts or suggestions?






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since its still under warrantee, i would deal with the hassle of taking it back. any work you do in that area may leave tell tale signs and possibly void the warrantee . jmo
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Agreed. For those familiar with these, are they able to pull that cover without removing the engine from the chassis?

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I remember someone on the forum last winter bought a new Ariens that leaked oil from day one. I think he returned it and got a Craftsman.

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Despite the sharp photos I'm not completely clear on which of those bolts is leaking. It all looks pretty clean to me.

Which motor does your machine have, the 306cc or the (somewhat rare) 414cc?

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I remember someone on the forum last winter bought a new Ariens that leaked oil from day one. I think he returned it and got a Craftsman.
Seems like a strange move.
Trade a known good brand to a questionable one, both of which likely have Chinese engines. Yes, sorry, I consider Craftsman to be questionable these days, including their tools which is a shame. I used to think they were great.

Would've made more sense to have the new Ariens repaired under warranty, that's why it has one to begin with. Always found people that hop from one brand to another due to minor issues to be amusing.


To the OP, get it serviced under warranty. It's a pain, but it's a good machine. These things can happen to anyone.

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Best view is 2nd and 3rd pics, right where the crank case cover meets the block. If you zoom in (these are super high res pics), you can see the wet gasket and possible a thin line of oil.

Already made arrangements. It will be the shop's headache to do whatever needs to be done to fix it.

Sadly, this thing hasn't even had it's first oil change yet

PS. This has the 291 cc LCT engine.

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Best view is 2nd and 3rd pics, right where the crank case cover meets the block. If you zoom in (these are super high res pics), you can see the wet gasket and possible a thin line of oil.

Already made arrangements. It will be the shop's headache to do whatever needs to be done to fix it.

Sadly, this thing hasn't even had it's first oil change yet

PS. This has the 291 cc LCT engine.

I believe most machines are more likely to fail early on than later on from silly issues like this. It's better for you as well because now someone else has to fix it for you.

Try to not let it leave a bad taste in your mouth. Chances are you won't have any other issues with it.

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I found a similar issue with my 306cc ltc. I noticed a small amount of oil on the floor of my shed and it looked like there was oil leaking from a plastic cap that covers an inspection port? Not sure what it is. Here is a picture the cap is at the front of the engine to the left of the service sticker on the belt cover. I had my dealer take it back to see what is wrong. Waiting to hear back on what was wrong.
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That is the ~old skool~ fill hole.....
They have capped that and the yellow - oil fill hole/dipstick is the reference point.

I've yet to explore but do plan....to see if the threads are the same as a *Honda*. I intend to replace it if it does, as I have Magnetic ~dipsticks~ in my stash
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