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I have an Ariens compact 22. It makes a loud buzzing sound

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I have an Ariens compact 22. It makes a loud buzzing sound when I try to use electric start and the pull start won't budge. It is one year old
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Richard replied 1 year ago.

Sounds as if it may be a seized engine. A few things to look for is hydro lock, clutch side preventing it from turning over or Bendix on starter not disengaging. Hydro lock, is to much fuel tapped in the cylinder not allowing the piston to move.

After all those checks, remove the sparkplug and try and turn the flywheel manually with a wrench or socket. See if you can move it in either direction. That might free it up to get it running.