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Well, during my snow blowing this morning, I see that my Ariens ProHydro 28 with EFI is sending me an error code.
It is flashing a Code 28 which is supposed to be a high voltage problem. When I get some time, I am going to check the voltages of the stator and the battery...according to the repair manual, it is either a new stator, or a new ECU. Blower has 8 hours of run time since purchase this October.
Man, I hope purchasing the EFI engine will not haunt me for the rest of the blowers life. I am thinking I will be purchasing the extended warranty.
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Ugh, good luck! With some of the EFI reports this year, I think the 5 year warranty for $99 sounds like a good investment, if you can still get it. A single component replacement (ECU, fuel pump, etc) could easily be more than that. And it would get you coverage while they figure out kinks hiding in the system.

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BB, that's very discouraging. That kind of stuff is SO annoying on a brand new piece of equipment...
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The diagnostic tool for that is $1700....not a do it yourself thing.....give me a carburetor everytime.
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That's a drag. Being dependent on a specialized shop isn't a good feeling.
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The diagnostic tool for that is $1700....not a do it yourself thing.....give me a carburetor everytime.
What kind of tool is it for $1,700? That's almost more than the machine is worth.
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I feel like the EFI setup could have been done much better within the bounds of available tech. Something like a simple ECU like a Megasquirt, put a standard 12v battery setup on it like a car, etc. It seems like in an attempt to simplify the setup for a snowblower they've deviated a little too far from commonly used, easily maintainable EFI stuff that's out there. It's not like EFI is new tech at this point...
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He said code 28, high voltage.

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That stinks. I seriously considered EFI when I bought my Pro 32, but got cold feet at the end. Figured I'd stick with what is tested and proven.

I never buy extended warranties, on anything. But in this case I would seriously consider it if you can still get it.

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NO WAY!! Sorry to hear that on your new machine..
Been through that with cars and all the non serviceable cant fix items/parts, then needing specialized tools or equipment. It means that it becomes simply a R&R game. Remove and Replace.
The worst part is that the electronics is probably the cheapest part on the blower to manufacture and yet these parts will be sold just like in the automotive world for over 500% profit.
Sounds like the old non EFI blowers just appreciated in value by 25%!!!
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