Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Tecumseh engine


Recently received an Ariens 7HP snowblower which works well. My question concerns the method the former owner used for starting. First choke, then start and set the speed. As you start to open the choke the engine loses power and will stall out. This other person had rebuilt the carb and has used it in this fashion. The choke itself works freely. I haven't used it in the winter and would like to correct this problem before then.

It is most likely a dirty carburetor causing the issue.

The choke should be fully open after you start and warm the engine.  The choke should not be necessary when using the blower.

I would check you carburetor part number as you can find China made carbs for less than $10 on Ebay for many of those engines.  I recently bought one to see the build quality of the China made carburetor.  It is not the same as OEM but it works.  For less then $10 delivered to my door it is difficult to complain.  If it stops working, just buy another one.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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