Being this is the “general” discussion area, I’m going to vent about my snow blower.
Tuesday I received 14 inches (measured) of snow in my driveway. Halfway through the job of clearing it, late at night, my snowblower started sounding like a gatling gun. But the sound subsided, and I kept going. The sound came back, and it ran out of gas. I refilled it and it ran terrible… and with repeated gatling gun sounds.
Now I’m thinking: damn, it must have gone lean as it ran out of gas under heavy load, started preigniting, and fried a valve. I put it away, spent a few hours on the internet selecting a replacement engine… of another make, since Tecumse apparently went belly-up five years ago and there are no more such engines available… and few parts…
This morning, fully prepared to confirm a burned valve with a compression test and to drive to Harborside for a new motor, I pulled th blower out of the garage and started looking at it. Lo and behold, all wrapped tightly around the auger shaft and the discharge impellar was a big plastic bag! I cleared that, checked the oil, and it tested great.
Which proves once again… our worst fears very often don’t come true. And you never know what you’ve got until you look.