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What kind of oil does the Ariens 642 snowblower take?
First thing I would check is to make sure the traction drive belt didn't fall off or break. To do this remove the plastic shroud between the engine and the snow chute. The traction belt is the one closest to the engine.If it isn't broke Make sure it is on the upper and lower pulleys.
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
on some blowers you have to remove the front auger sya in order to change the belt. it a pain. look down from the top to see if you have room to slid the belts throw, if not remove the front auger
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
5 hp should have 20 oz.
1) fill the oil to top of threads (if the inspection cap is threaded into the side of the block close to the bottom)
2) if it has a dipstick, wipe the stick as you remove it, re-insert *do not screw it down, just allow it to set on top of dipstick housing.
*note: you cannot overfill unit on an inspection cap
*** you CAN overfill on a dipstick. Any more than 22-24 oz, the engine will blow it out the valve cover breather hole.
Posted on Nov 12, 2009
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Electronic Ignition was introduced on many engines about that time frame. I would need to have model and type numbers from the engine to fully determine that question. However, have spark is still the issue. If the unit has a switch installed on the operator's console, it should be disconnected at the engine so that any safety switches are not masking or causing a problem that is not engine related.
Let's investigate a few basics first.
a) How have you determined that there is no spark?
b) Have you used a type of spark tester?
c) What is the condition of the plug. Brown or dark brown is OK. Black or silver is NOT Ok.
*If you do not have a spark tester,
a) remove the plug, and with it connected to the wire,
b) find a portion of metal around the cylinder that you can ground it on, and then pull the rope.
c) If the plug is black, you may see spark, but you should replace the plug.
*** PLEASE NOTE ; if there is excess fuel in the cylinder or on spark plug, it can catch fire, so be carefull to cover the hole with a heavy rag so that any fuel cannot be exposed to spark plug durning test !!!!
Get back with me on how this issue works out.
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
had same problem with a small 2 cycle outboard motor last year. I had run it during the summer, put it away for the winter and when I went to fire it up the following Spring it would only run with half to full choke. Old fuel had gummed up the carburater by letting it sit in there for a few months, had to disassemble and clean all the carb parts (including the jets) and it worked good as new. You could do it yourself or take carb to a small engine repair shop and have them do it. May or may not require a rebuild kit depending on how gummed up it is. Hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 10, 2010
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