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Fuel shut-off valve stuck

Hi, I'm a newbie here.

I got my Ariens 28 Deluxe in February of 2015 and it worked great (snowy winter in Maine last year). After it finally stopped snowing, I ran the machine dry and changed the oil as per the instructions. I also left the fuel shut-off valve in the OFF position.

A few days ago, during our first snow, I went to start the machine and could only turn the fuel shut-off valve part way open. SoI can't start the machine. Any ideas as to what's going on? The shop can't pick it up (I don't have a truck) until the 7th, just before another snow storm. I'd love to get this thing going before then (and save myself some $$).

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More than likely just gummed up. Try working it back and forth a bunch of times .

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Are you sure it is stuck? Most of those valves are ball valves and only turn about 1/4 turn.

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If the line is long enough, remove the line from the valve and stick it straight on the tank so you can use it for now.

They shouldn't need to pick it up as it would be stupid to drag it all the way back to the shop and then back to you when anyone can simply replace the three-five buck valve on site in a couple minutes. I sure don't understand their thinking.

If I were you and working it some didn't fix it I'd likely just get one at a hardware store, big box, auto supply and just be down with it.

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If you get desperate remove the valve and just connect it it up (if the hose is long enough)
Remember to pinch off the line so the gas doesn't run out all over the place!
If not, buy a new length of hose and a new shut off valve. Any auto supply house or box store lawn section has that stuff on hand.

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No problems badcat. I get some of my best ideas from other people.

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Thanks all for the replies.

I've tried working it back and forth a few times. It always hits resistance about half-way to OPEN. I'd rather not break it and have gas leaking onto the garage floor (though, I could siphon most of it out first, I guess).

As far as replacing the valve, I think my machine has an Ariens engine…or do they all have Briggs & Stratton? Would they both use the same valve?

What's involved with replacing the valve? Is it just a matter of removing the housing around it and removing the clamps? Can't be that easy…can it?

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Is it that easy? YES! You are getting sound advice from all above.

As kiss a frog said why in the world would they send out truck and pick up the machine for a 5 minute fix?????? They may be doing this to inconvenience you so you will not bother them for such a minor repair. (cynical I know!) They will likely loose money on it. Even if they are reimbursed by Ariens for the $5 part.

You could try taking it out of the machine and get a good look at the inside and see what is binding it up. YOu may be able to free it and reinstall it.

It may be under warrantee but you can fix this yourself much faster and be ready for the next snow.

If you need to, you can buy a kit containing a shut off valve with 1/4" hose at Lowes for under $10. You just need a pliers to undo the hose clamps.

Don't forget to drain or clamp the hose upstream to prevent a flood.

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Thanks Toro, and all who replied. I'm going to give it a shot tomorrow.
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I would simply use some Fluid Film up its neck and play around on and off then more FF.

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