Ariens snow blower starter or starters in general

hojnowsrNovember 25, 2013

good day and hello! I Have a ariens snow blower that while the starter motor works the bendix gear does not engage the flywheel allowing it to spin. The bendix gear spins very fast when I hit the starter start button I am guessing that the spring or bendix shaft is worn ??? OR perhaps the starter is not powerful enough to turn the flywheel? BUT something is causing the gear NOT to engage the flywheel. The gear itself is in good shape and the flywheel gears are good. This is a 110v set up. ANY THOUGHTS and THANX!!!

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Check the helical "cut" on the shaft for a burr etc.
A little silicon type spray lube may also do the trick if you have access.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 8:44AM
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Also note the word "little" regarding lube for the shaft.Usually the difficulty is that the gear is not traveling down the shaft. Hence why Bill noted to check for a burr. At times the pinion itself is worn or the drive disc inside is glazed. Many of these pinions have a rubber disc above the metal drive disc at the bottom of the gear. Lube there and you will be dead in the water, er snow. A very light , non gumming lube is what you want. Standard silicone is great. The best repair is to actually take the starter off removing the gear to clean the rust away before lubing, but you may get by doing it on the machine carefully as described above.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 11:04AM
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I had that problem (sort of) with a Craftsman snow blower/thrower.
It had the 110 volt starter on it. Every time i'd push the starter button, the starter would SCREECH LOUDLY! And not start.
Upon examination-i found the starter body wasn't setting squarely with the ring gear on the flywheel, but was hanging down at the back end of the starter motor area. This allowed the starter gears to not engage properly, which caused the high-pitched screech!
This seemed to be a factory goof. After i shimmed up the back end of the starter motor, the thing worked ok-no screeching.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 8:55PM
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I purchased an Ariens snow blower with a battery start instead of the 110-volt electric start, simply because it isn't unusual for a heavy Winter storm to cover us with snow and knock out our electricity. We live in a rural area.

Incidentally, I think you can rope-pull either model as an alternative to electric starting.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2013 at 2:03PM
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