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Newbie Question About Fuel Shut-Off

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I just used my new Ariens 24 inch Compact snow blower for the first time and had a question. After finishing up I turned the gas switch off and let it run out of gas. Within about 20 seconds it was running rough and by about 45-60 seconds it ran out of gas. Does that sound about right? My neighbor runs his for several minutes (maybe he doesn't have a shut off?). I just want to make sure I did it right.

Also, as far as the end of the season procedure to drain the gas, carburetor, gas lines, etc what is the simplest method that will protect the carburetor. I ask this because I am not mechanically inclined and don't know what is involved with each of the methods described in other threads. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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I wouldnt worry about shutting the fuel off unless you plan on moving the snowblower or working on it.

When you go to store it for the summer, drain the fuel from the tank and run it until it dies. Also change the oil.

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I wouldnt worry about shutting the fuel off unless you plan on moving the snowblower or working on it.

When you go to store it for the summer, drain the fuel from the tank and run it until it dies. Also change the oil.
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I would not run the carb dry until spring.

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that is how I shut them down every time I use them. and never had a problem with any thing. and I live up here in the frozen tundra. ALOHA to the forms..: cool:

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I wouldnt worry about shutting the fuel off unless you plan on moving the snowblower or working on it.

When you go to store it for the summer, drain the fuel from the tank and run it until it dies. Also change the oil.
Sounds good to me. Should I use a siphon to drain the oil or is there an easier way?

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Sounds good to me. Should I use a siphon to drain the oil or is there an easier way?

Thanks TOTHEMAX and everyone else of for your responses.
you should have a drain tube of some sort at the bottom of the block.

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you should have a drain tube of some sort at the bottom of the block.
Yep. Look for a drain pipe or a plug in the side of the engine block. If its just a plug, drain the oil and take the plug to the hardware store. Find a small piece of pipe that matches the threads. Buy a cap for one end of the pipe.

Install the pipe instead of the drain plug. Now you have a cleaner way of changing your oil. The pipe allows you to get a funnel or bucket under it to catch the oil.

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Yep. Look for a drain pipe or a plug in the side of the engine block. If its just a plug, drain the oil and take the plug to the hardware store. Find a small piece of pipe that matches the threads. Buy a cap for one end of the pipe.

Install the pipe instead of the drain plug. Now you have a cleaner way of changing your oil. The pipe allows you to get a funnel or bucket under it to catch the oil.
DRAIN ZIT has a better app for that.

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Just to add to all the excellent advice, It would be a good idea to add a fuel stabilizer to every can of gas that you purchase. Adding it to gas that is a month or two old will not help preserve it during storage. I am one of the group that never drains my equipment gas, but do use a stabilizer for storage. There are a lot of discussions on drain or not to drain the gas.

Since your machine is new, check your owners manual for oil change recommendations. You normally change the oil after the first five hours of use and then once per season depending on use. You do not drain the oil for storage, and it is good idea to change the oil before storing for the summer.

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