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Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« on: Feb 14, 2020, 04:48 PM »
Well, When I fired up the Snowdog this morning, the throttle was stuck again.

This time I was prepared and no "excitement" with the issue.

It took a while to figure the thing out. I looked at the throttle assembly with both the throttle cable and the manual throttle lever near the choke. It all checked out just fine. Everything was loose and nothing binding. I was flummoxed.  The throttle WAS NOT STUCK.

I called the experts, Kinni Sports in River Falls, Wisconsin. I bought my Snowdog there. Brendan was amazing. He walked me through everything on the phone.

Ultimately, the problem was the "governor lever" and not the throttle. The Briggs and Stratton engine has a governor with a spring from the governor to the throttle assembly. The arm on the governor actually is supposed to move - but only 1/8 or at a maximum of 1/4 inch travel (which is not much). But the 1/8 inch of travel makes the difference between "wide open" and "tame." 

The Fix: I pushed the governor lever 1/8 inch towards the throttle assembly, sprayed in a bit of WD40 and everything worked great. It tamed the Dog and I went out and caught lake trout.

I wanted to pass the info on in case anybody else has the issue.


Throttle Assembly - The governor spring hooks into the throttle assembly to the upper left of my finger.



Governor Lever - Doesn't look like it moves, but it does. The spring attaches towards the end of the lever.

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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #1 on: Feb 14, 2020, 05:00 PM »
Hopefully it keeps working for ya.  No mire run away dogs!!

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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #2 on: Feb 14, 2020, 05:43 PM »
Might be a good idea to carry a small spray can of WD-40 along and give it a shot now and again!!! Great problem solving via the phone!! :thumbsup: :clap: :flex:
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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2020, 05:47 PM »
Might be a good idea to carry a small spray can of WD-40 along and give it a shot now and again!!! Great problem solving via the phone!! :thumbsup: :clap: :flex:

Really not needed because it is easy to move with the push of a finger now that I understand the "fault condition" and the fix.
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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #4 on: Feb 15, 2020, 06:54 AM »
Great information!

Thank you!

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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #5 on: Feb 15, 2020, 07:56 AM »
would "hot sauce" be good lube for that?  or does it have an upper temp limit? 
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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #6 on: Feb 15, 2020, 08:18 AM »
Great info!  Thanks for sharing the fix and I'm gald your story was a little less "entertaining" for all of us this time! ;D ;D

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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #7 on: Feb 15, 2020, 08:49 AM »
Awesome, glad you figured it out:)

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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #8 on: Feb 15, 2020, 01:58 PM »
Might not be a bad idea to add a tether to that rig. If it happened once its going to happen again to someone.

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Re: Snowdog - Fix for stuck throttle (I needed it)
« Reply #9 on: Feb 18, 2020, 07:03 AM »
indeed.  could have ran over someone in a group scenario.
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