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Hi, I bought my Ariens 28 in deluxe snowblower in November 2016, I used it for about 4 storms and probably did about 8 jobs each storm. I put away for the winter, not preparing it appropriately...I didn't drain the gas, etc. This winter I prepared it, drained the gas, had the carburetor cleaned up, new spark plug, oil change, greased fittings. First storm, at least a foot, it worked fantastic for the first hour and a half, then I put it under load and it died, the whole machine. Started up rough but then it died again. Then I left it out overnight, it got a little snow on it, started it up fine, but then ran an awfully small amount of snow through it and it died once again. Really wacky, heard I should change my ignition coil, any ideas?
 

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I would check the tank and bowl to see if you might have some water laying on the bottom in either of those. If you don't find water I sure like letting the dealer fix it for free if still covered. Maybe try a new plug since it's cheap in case it's cracked where you can't see it and causing the problem.

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New plug, gapped to 25 thousandths after you check the fuel bowl and tank.
Add some sea foam to fresh high test gas and then go from there as its too early to have a coil fail BUT BUT you may have had mouse issues and they could have chewed on the coil wire-been there done that on a 16 horse I/C Briggs.
 

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Hi, I bought my Ariens 28 in deluxe snowblower in November 2016, I used it for about 4 storms and probably did about 8 jobs each storm. I put away for the winter, not preparing it appropriately...I didn't drain the gas, etc. This winter I prepared it, drained the gas, had the carburetor cleaned up, new spark plug, oil change, greased fittings. First storm, at least a foot, it worked fantastic for the first hour and a half, then I put it under load and it died, the whole machine. Started up rough but then it died again. Then I left it out overnight, it got a little snow on it, started it up fine, but then ran an awfully small amount of snow through it and it died once again. Really wacky, heard I should change my ignition coil, any ideas?
you should check for this issue

http://apache.ariens.com/manuals/B-2116.pdf
 

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I would also check the on/off switch and its connections and wires as well, the key switch and the wires. The area near the carb is easily accessed by critters and as you stated you cleaned the carb and did work in that area, a wire could have become loose or broken. Either of these could easily cause intermittent run or no run conditions. I had one that the owner would remove the safety key every time it was not being used and later found that ice had formed in the slot and as he pushed it in admittedly harder that usual busted the back right out of the key safety switch.
 

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I should have clarified, it was giving me these problems before I had the carburetor cleaned up and a new spark plug installed. Then I had the fuel system looked at and the guy said it looked pretty clean, but he changed out the spark plug anyways. Still the same problem.
 

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You need to check for spake next time it does it. Pull the plug, reconnect the plug wire to the plug, and lay the plug on some metal on the motor and pull it over and ck for spark. Make sure the throttle is in the run position and if it has an on/off switch, have it on. Also loosen the gas cap, the vent may be plugged. If it runs decent after running it loose, get a new cap.
 
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