Ariens Walk Behind Mower Smokin' Like Crazy ... What is it?

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Old 07-09-13, 09:50 AM
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Exclamation Ariens Walk Behind Mower Smokin' Like Crazy ... What is it?

Hilly Ho! and Greetings once again. Well sir ... I was cutting the trim with the mower and notice a little smoke. I wondered if the oil was low so I checked it. Looked like it was so I added more. When I started it back up ... I never seen so much smoke.:NO NO NO: I don't have any trouble starting it ... so far ... but all that smoke means something ... that's why I am posting so someone can tell me what is wrong and how to fix it. Thanks for reading my post.
 
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Old 07-09-13, 11:40 AM
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I've gotta ask... why do you have a mallet attached to your mower?

Does the mower have any symptoms at all other than smoking? Had you tipped the mower on it's side for any reason; to clean out the deck or work on the blade?

Right now I'm guessing it could be a broken ring or blown head gasket. First I would check to make sure the crank case breather tube is not blocked. I'm sure Cheese will have a good idea once he sees this post.
 
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Old 07-09-13, 04:16 PM
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Red face Holy Smokes!!! He Hee ... Couldn't resist that one ...

Well sir ... the hammer is to keep the lid down on the catcher so I won't get covered with grass. There is no other symptoms ... so far ... other than the smoking. I didn't do any tipping at all:NO NO NO: ... just added some oil. I would not be surprise if it is a broken ring or head gasket. Now where do I locate this crank breather tube?

I sure Mr. Cheese will be most helpful.
 
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I have to ask,,,,,,,did you over fill It?? Also when is the last time the air filter was serviced? If all of these questions are ok then it looks like to me as if the cylinder has been scorned(Big deep gouge) but good mosquito repellent. Haaa
 
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Old 07-10-13, 02:51 PM
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Arrow I don't like the looks of it ...

Ah no ... I did not over fill it.:NO NO NO: I cleaned the air filter this spring. I figure it's something serious with the engine. Yeah good mosquito repellent and anything else that needs clean air.
 
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Old 07-10-13, 03:06 PM
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Sounds like it must have been run with too little oil for a while and it scored the cylinder. It didn't smoke much before because the oil level was so low that it wasn't getting to the cylinder. Now that you've filled it, there is plenty of oil to burn and that's what it's doing. I'd say that engine has passed it's useful life. Not to worry, you can always rent it for parties as a fog machine .
 
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Old 07-11-13, 12:57 PM
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Arrow Can it be fixed?

I was afraid of that ... ... can the engine be rebuild? Is there anything that can be done? It still run but holy smokes you'd think there was a huge fire somewhere.
 
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Old 07-11-13, 07:35 PM
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No, if it is scored, forget it. It's possible to rebuild it, but you'd have to bore it out, buy oversized piston and rings, and by then you've exceeded the value of the mower and haven't counted labor yet, not to mention there is likely other damage to other surfaces from the low oil level.
 
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Old 07-11-13, 07:46 PM
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Arrow How long?

So how long before it drops dead? ... Any chance I can replace the engine with another one that's used? Does it have to be a special engine because it's a self propelled mower or will any push mower engine will do??
 
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Old 07-11-13, 08:07 PM
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That's a common engine. You can probably buy a new one for $150. Look up the model number of the engine and you'll find them for sale, probably used on ebay too. Who knows how long before it goes. 5 minutes, 5 months?
 
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Question I'm missing something here...

Howdy ... Well sir ... I found the model and other numbers on the engine, but I can not find anything for sale new or used :NO NO NO:... has the numbers changed?

Model:10D902
Type: 01 0 81
Code: 00011255 ... those numbers were on the plate above the spark plug.
 
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Old 07-18-13, 03:38 PM
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Question Hello?

Still wondering about that model number has it changed?
 
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Old 07-18-13, 04:42 PM
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No, model numbers stay the same. It's a valid number, just not available anymore. There are other engines that will fit. The main thing to look at is crankshaft length and diameter if you are looking among the same engine series.
 
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