Ariens Platinum Deluxe 24" snowblower backfire Original Message Jun 10, 2014 5:25 pm
Have an Ariens Platinum Deluxe 24" snowblower and it runs great, as long as the choke is engaged one slot.
When the choke is off, the engine seems to run OK, but it has a sound of backfiring almost constantly and it emits light blackish smoke through the exhaust. I also noticed that when the choke is off, it makes no difference what the speed lever is set to; it won't change speed above something like idle.
I guess it's something with the carb but don't know exactly what it will take to fix the problem. Where to start?
Removed the spotless carb bowl and used auto spray carb cleaner on every part I could see. Cleaned a hefty amount of carbon off the spark plug. Ran great, idled without choke at a low speed, backfired as always if I cut the throttle quickly. Let the carb run dry for storage, greased the fittings and drained the tank.
The Teumseh carb on the old snowblower seemed a lot hardier. The no name (unless I missed something) carb on this Platinum Deluxe impressed me as more like a toy than equipment.
It's a Briggs engine 15C1 34 2143 F8 engine that according to info online has a Briggs 590907 carb. Is there a higher quality interchangable carb that I could be using that may not be prone to problems, was this issue a fluke and should I ignore it or be doing something else?