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quick little tip

This is a quick little tip i started using years ago.

I had a 1994 Ariens ST74.
One day (about 10 years ago) I went into the garage to fire it up, this model did not have electric start, I pulled on the starter and it literally exploded inside. All the plastic components within the recoil starter disintegrated. Ice had formed inside and the action of me pulling the cord caused damage. Luckily my dealer had a recoil starter in stock. 3 bolts and i was up and running. Thankfully my current deluxe 27 has electric start as well which I've never had to use in the 6 years I've owned it.

Ever since then, I now pull the cord a few times after use but before shutting the engine off to spin any moisture out. it make a little rattle sound when pulling while the engine is running but it does the trick.

I also make sure sure that i clear any moisture from the choke knob and move it to 'cold' start position every time i'm done using it so next time it'll be ready to go. I've had instances in the past where the choke knob get frozen in the 'run' position. It's easy to break those little flimsy plastic knobs they use on all the machines these days. Anyway, i thought I'd share.
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Good stuff. That starter freeze has gotten a few guys this year. Never thought about the choke. Usually I build a tiny, close fitting nest for my blower after using it and I put a small space heater in there to thaw everything. Just not too close due to possibility of fuel issues.

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Fortunately my storage area never gets to freezing, so it's no big deal for me. But another area that needs to be clear of ice is the chute worm gear and ring. My brother broke the worm gear on my blower when he tried cranking a frozen chute. I think a heat gun or hair dryer might be an appropriate defroster tool.

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Buy a 12 oz. spray can of the lanolin based Fluid Film and spray those problem areas. Snow and ice will not stick to it. About $10 based on where you buy it. O'reilly's carries it and so does the Rust Store on line.


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I usually use my dustpan broom to clear all I can from the externals and around the chute and belt guard before I put it back in the garage, but never thought about pulling the starter recoil a few times. Probably a good idea, I'll probably start doing this right after I switch off the engine. Thanks for the tip Loco

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that was a good one..my friend lives outside..for now...sad
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Thanks for the tips, as a new SB owner, every tip is read and hopefully considered. I would like this machine to out-run, me.
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before I had the heated garage. they went out frozen and came back in frozen and packed full of snow. I NEVER, NEVER had those issues. and you all know how cold it can get here in the frozen tundra.

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