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post #1 of 14 Old 12-26-2019, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ariens issues

I have an ariens ST 1336 battery start that I picked up last week for $200 from a guy whod left it sitting for the whole year outside. Cleaned the carb, gas tank, and fuel lines and once it got reconnected I fired it up and after about 20 seconds running on full throttle smoke would start coming out of the carburetor and I would shut it off. Any reason for this?
The light, hand warmers, and electric chute control do not work when the engine is running also. battery is dead and Im hoping that thats the reason those electronic parts are not functioning? Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-26-2019, 04:13 PM
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I'll guess valve clearance . . . *IF* actually coming *out* of the carb. If just that general area, looks for FOD that might be starting to burn . . .
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Welcome to the forum, and nice find on the machine! Is it an OHV engine? If so, checking and adjusting the valves should be pretty straightfoward. If it's a flathead engine, checking the valve clearances is still not bad, but adjusting it is harder (requires grinding the valve stem).

It's likely that the dead battery is the reason for the other electrical items not working. The alternator may be dumping all the available current into the dead battery. If you have something like a trickle charger, that would be a better way to get the battery charged, vs running the engine for an hour or so. It would also help you evaluate the other electrical stuff. You could presumably also disconnect the battery, to see if the other stuff started working, but I'm not sure if there might be downsides to doing that. It's possible the battery serves to help smooth out the voltage coming from the alternator, for example.

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Its coming straight out of the carburetor. I have both parts of the cover off so I could see the problem better
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I'd check valves first then - as it warms, the intake could be hanging open, pushing exhaust back into the carb, and also possibly igniting the fuel already there (backfire).
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Welcome to SBF. Have you checked the oil level? Chances are there is water in the engine if it sat unprotected for a year. The smoke could be the water vapor?

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I am surprised that engine will even start if the valve conditions are sooo poor/timed that gases are forced out the carburetor.
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I have the same issue with my 1128 pro with the hand warmers and light. I replaced the battery, starter and starter solenoid. No luck. I assume it is the stator needing to be replaced.

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As for the non-working electrical stuff, some models have a fuse ( in line with the alternator lead). If so, could be blown.

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Good points. Once the engine is running, maybe disconnect the loads from the alternator, and test the alternator's output voltage, at least? Something like a short-to-ground somewhere along the load wiring could be dumping the alternator's output. Or a blown fuse could be stopping you. But separating the loads from the source would help give a better picture of what you're dealing with. If you're lucky, the alternator is OK, and it's just a wiring-related issue.

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