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I have a SnoTek machine that is fairly new. Not sure exactly how old as I bought it used but it is the type without a throttle control and no carb adjustment screws.
Last year it ran fine but this winter I have been having an issue. It starts easy and runs great for the first 20 minutes or so but then, the engine starts reacting sluggishly to load changes. It takes a few seconds to come up to full power when I push into snow then when I stop to turn the engine RPM shoot up and slowly come back to normal. If I push into deep packed snow, the engine almost stalls then surges to full power.
I took off all the covers around the carb and noticed there was a small thin wire spring that was unhooked. I put it back on and bent it so it would be harder to come loose but I still am having the issue. I haven't checked to see if it has come loose again though.
It acts like something is binding and slowing down the movement of the throttle linkage but I couldn't see anything. Could fine snow be getting in and getting in and building up around the linkage? There was nothing in there when I took it apart but I would expect residual engine heat to melt it away within a few minutes after shutting off.
 

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That spring is the governor spring, Def need that, The other end has 3 holes to attach to, I forget which one but if moved to that hole it will give it a few extra rpm and still be in the safe running range. What is the model number of your Sno-Tek, Some of the older ones came with a 136cc engine, Although they do work well there isn't much left for power so if it's that engine it may just be running out of power.
 

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Should have included this in the first Post. Model PGH45304
I don't think the engine is undersized. It has never stalled completely. Yesterday I was ramming it into a big pile of packed snow the plow left in my driveway and it maintained RPM.
It's this strange thing where it starts misbehaving after running for a while. Always runs great at first.
 

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Not sure what number that is but on the tractor section should be a madel and serial number, Should be 920402 or 920404, I think the 404 has the 136cc and the 402 has the 208cc
 

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208cc is printed in huge type
Below that there are a couple of barcodes with a 24 and a 13 character string below them. Nothing that matches the numbers you quoted though. PW6HK18650178EABGOQUVE1M and 1565H0312208A
Not surprised though. Can't tell you how many times I have tried to look up a model number that doesn't exist on the MFG website.
 

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LOL well you have the 208cc then, Anyhow the label looks like this one for future use LOL. Not sure on why it is sluggish but there is def some thing going on, Going to put some thought to this and see what could be causing your issue.
 

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Any pictures of the governor area, just so we can see what this particular setup looks like?

Does the governor & throttle linkage move freely when the engine is off, and cold? Once the engine warms up, and starts misbehaving, shut it down. How does the governor & throttle linkage movement compare to when it's cold? Does it start binding somehow?

You could spray the linkages with carb cleaner or something, to help remove any gunk that might be on them. Then add a bit of light oil to the pivots.

Is the other end of the spring still connected to something? It's strange that re-attaching the small spring did nothing. Unless that isn't actually the governor spring, but is instead a smaller spring that keeps light tension on just the links themselves, to eliminate play/backlash in the different connections.
 

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208cc is printed in huge type
Below that there are a couple of barcodes with a 24 and a 13 character string below them. Nothing that matches the numbers you quoted though. PW6HK18650178EABGOQUVE1M and 1565H0312208A
Not surprised though. Can't tell you how many times I have tried to look up a model number that doesn't exist on the MFG website.
Here is the MFG website: Service - Liquid Combustion Technology, LLC

Enter the model number PW6HK18650178EABGOQUVE1M in one of three options, parts manual or owner's manual or service manual.

Owner's manual is a .pdf file at http://lctusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/PGM45003_Sno-Tek-US-Canada_revH_010518.pdf

Service manual is at http://lctusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/PGM45015_Online-Service-Man_revI_071718.pdf

Here is the location for the parts manual. Enter the model number and select

CPC part numbers, or
HOP part numbers, or
Ariens part numbers

I haven't the foggiest idea what the differences are.:smiley-confused013:
 

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I have pretty much concluded my theory is correct. Fine snow is getting sucked into and collecting on the carb linkage. Either packing or melting then refreezing around the carb?
I think this because it clearly gets worse the colder it is. Today I gave it the hardest workout of the season. About 8" of heavy snow plus 2 driveways with plow piles 2' high. Temperature was right at 32 degrees.
Took about 30 min. Not once did it behave badly.

It looks like the designers tried to account for this. There are multiple layers of covers to keep snow from getting in to the carb linkage. I guess I will just need to stop and take a break next time and let the snow melt and evaporate.
 
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