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Snowblower electric starter bendix won't extend fully


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02-11-14, 06:39 PM   #1  
Snowblower electric starter bendix won't extend fully

I have inherited an Ariens 824E snowblower with a 9hp Tecumseh LH318SA Snow King engine from my parents. It hasn't been started in a few years. I tried to start it yesterday and the starter would either just whir or I could hear it scraping the flywheel with the starter gear. I had the same problem with my old Craftsman snowblower that has a 5hp Tecumseh engine. As I cycled the starter on my old Craftsman a few times, it would eventually extend fully. The Ariens never did. If I take the starter off, is there something I can clean or lubricate so that the bendix will extend fully? I don't want to have to replace or rebuild the starter if something less will fix the problem.

 
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02-12-14, 07:49 AM   #2  
Spray the starter shaft with bake cleaner then work the bendix up and down the shaft until it travels the full length of the shaft when you spin it with the switch. Then lube it with a graphite lubricant or a teflon based (Slick 50).

 
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02-12-14, 09:19 AM   #3  
...just purchased used Ariens ST824 with HMSK80 Tecumseh 8 hp engine made in 1984. Starts fine but will only run with partial choke and tends to bog down under load. Does indypower1's <answer> below from a past thread still apply even though my unit is much older? Thanks in advance for any help ~

<Shut off the gas or drain the tank. Then remove the bolt on the bottom of the float bowl. DO NOT REMOVE THE BOWL. The bolt has 2 holes in it. The big hole is easy to see. The small hole located 2-3 threads up is just a tiny pinhole. This is the hole everybody misses. This is the hole that needs to be cleaned. Use a small torch tip cleaner or try a paper clip. You may have to soak it for a couple hours to lossen the dirt.>

Read more: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/ou...#ixzz2t80rmKJI

 
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02-12-14, 10:19 AM   #4  
As far as carburetion it should. a major difference between the engines would be in the ignition. Yours, unless modified would have points/condenser/coil where the ones after 1986 would have the module with no points/condenser.

 
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02-12-14, 06:16 PM   #5  
Thanks marbobj. I'll give it a try this weekend.

 
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