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Ariens 921031 w Briggs & Stratton engine stopped and wont start.

It ran fine last week when we had about 4 inches and it started first pull today and then it ran for about 2 minutes but while throwing some snow it just seized up. Pull start wont budge. I took off electric start and that's not it. I took spark plug out and it looks fine but I can't turn the engine at all. Has oil, has gas. Any thoughts? I have 3' feet to clear...

I read that maybe it froze so I moved it inside to see if that's the issue. Doesn't look like it, in the video it just wont go past that certain point almost as if it's seized but I'm not sure how that could happen.

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That sucks! Belts are loose when you while you rocked it? Something is majorly busted in there.
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That sucks! Belts are loose when you while you rocked it? Something is majorly busted in there.
Belts seem fine. Could it have been frozen and running it caused something to seize up?
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Belts seem fine. Could it have been frozen and running it caused something to seize up?
Belts loose as in not engaged to see if it's the engine or the blower locked up.
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looks new! are you still under warranty?


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It's about three years old. Doubt it. :-( I no next to nothing about engines so I don't even know where to start. What's the blower?

Here's another when the electric start back on: It spun a little more but then quickly stopped again.


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Did you check the oil level.:con fused:

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I asked about the warranty...so that when we start throwing suggestions at you, you don't void it.

this is a situation where you want to stop trying to use the electric starter.

Try removing the shroud that goes over the flywheel...something (loose bolt, etc.) may have gotten in there and jammed the flywheel against the shroud (or ignition coil)...unlikely but worth a shot. Take a lot of pictures in case you have to remove linkages, etc. in order to get the shroud off.


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First thing to do would be remove the belts. That way you can know for sure if the issue is the engine or something in the drive system. In general the auger belts get disconnected when the auger handle is not down, but the wheel drive belt is always connected to the friction disc transmission section. The drive clutching happens further down the system.

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Soo....after I paid a guy $75 to plow my driveway I come in, push the button and it moves. Put it back together and just used it for 15 minutes no issues. :censored::censored:

Well,I guess I should be happy it's fixed but I just wasted money and time from what I can gather was just some frozen parts? How can I snow blower freeze?! I parked the beast in my house for the night so it works tomorrow, is there a trick or something to parking the thing after using it?
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