What is this wire?
I have a Sno-Thro I picked up to work on. I do not have spark and this wire has no connection. Is this the reason for no spark. Model 910962 Ariens. Thanks folks. Ed
There should be a tab mounted where I have placed a green arrow on your pic. The tab will screw to the recoil housing. It should have a screw hole on the left side with a plastic isolator and a simple threaded hole on the right. The key switch from the handlebar will wire down to there. The engine SHOULD spark as you have it now. The concept is that wire, if grounded to the frame or block, will kill or shut it down. Transfers the spark impulse to ground instead of spark plug. I would guess you have points on that engine that need to be looked at. They're under the flywheel Hopefully something as simple as running some sandpaper between the points, or a condenser. Very easy to do and the parts are cheap if you just want to replace the points, or even go to a Nova 2 ignition.
I guess I jumped the gun Spamman That looks exactly like my 924038 setup, even the carb/throttle bracket. I think on yours without a key, that wire should plug up under the carb bracket onto a spade near where the throttle cable moves the arm and wire. Nova 11 is simple electronic swap for points.
jtclays: Wow, you don't mess around. Yes i went out and found that spade connector on the carb bracket. I actually found 2 that are connected to each other. So I have a spare spade connector too.. Lucky me. Maybe that is for other models with a key switch. I will try to play with the spark side hopefully tomorrow. This is my first older snowblower fixer-upper. I've done a bunch of newer ones that people in my area can't get started and give up as they do not want to deal w it. My wife loves that there is generally like 2 to 3 dead machines in our garage at any one time..... Thanks and will keep you posted. You guys are great.