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hey! i have an older 8hp ariens snowblower. Great snowblower starts up great but when i go to engage the auger the machine runs for a bit then quits soon after. Not sure what is wrong...
 

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Out of or nearly out of gas????

1. Is the gas fully turned on?
2. Do you have plenty of gas in the tank?
3. Does the auger turn when you engage it?
4. Does it stop after a period of time if you do not engage the auger?
5. Can you turn the auger by hand when the unit is off and the auger is NOT engaged?

Other than adding a small load on the motor, engaging the auger should have very little effect.
If the auger is binding, it's possible it is causing the problem, but not likely.
One of the first two items is what I would first consider being the problem.
 

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Sounds like a choke issue

My old Ariens does the same thing until the engine gets warmed up. If I leave the engine running for 5 minutes or so before engaging the blower then it works ok. Using the fuel enrichment button (the carb is from a lawnmower) to give it a few extra spritzes of fuel will keep it running.

Have you tried to keep it running by blocking off some of the air?
 

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not out of gas, gas is on. The auger turns when engaged and would not stop if engine contiuned to run. I cannot turn the auger when its not engaged. ??????
 

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I didn't make myself clear in the previous post.
What I meant was will the engine continue to run if you don't engage the auger?

If the engine stops running even if you do not engage the auger, then the problem must be with the engine.

If the engine will continue to run without the auger being engaged, but stops when you engage the auger, then the auger or some part of the auger/impeller system must be binding.
 

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Older Ariens use a lever to engage the auger that locks into place. With the auger lever locked to engaged one had to either hold the drive lever down or hold a small secondary lever with an electrical interlock switch. If neither lever was held down with the auger engaged the engine would kill itself.
 
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