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Ariens A22A46 Operator's Manual

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Operator Manual
A22A46 46" Automatic Tractor
Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) or up to 10% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl
ether) is acceptable for use in this machine. The use of any gasoline exceeding 10%
ethanol (E10) or 10% MTBE will void the product warranty.
581 75 92-32 Rev. 1 (21548145) 10.30.12
Printed in the U.S.A.


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  • Page 1 AUTOMATIC TRACTOR Operator Manual Models A22A46 46" Automatic Tractor Gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol (E10) or up to 10% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) is acceptable for use in this machine. The use of any gasoline exceeding 10% ethanol (E10) or 10% MTBE will void the product warranty.
  • Page 2 SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers DANGER: THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROW ING OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. • Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turn WARNING: In order to prevent ac ci den tal off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove starting when setting up, trans port ing,...
  • Page 3 SAFETY RULES Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers III. CHILDREN • If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immediately. • Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten securely. WARNING. CHILDREN CAN BE INJURED BY THIS EQUIPMENT. The American Academy GENERAL SERVICE of Pediatrics recommends that children be a •...
  • Page 4: Specifications

    PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a new tractor. It has been designed, engineered and manu fac tured to give you the best possible dependability and performance. Gasoline Capacity 2.5 Gallons (9.46 L) and type: Unleaded Reqular Should you experience any problem you cannot easily remedy, please contact your nearest authorized service Oil Type: SAE 30 (above 32°F/0°C)
  • Page 5: Unassembled Parts

    UNASSEMBLED PARTS Slope Sheet Keys (1) Oil Drain Tube Key(s) (1) Quick Connect ASSEMBLY Your new tractor has been assembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left unassembled for shipping purposes. TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY A socket wrench set will make assembly easier. Stan dard LABEL wrench sizes are listed.
  • Page 6 ASSEMBLY ✓ CHECKLIST NOTE: You may now roll your tractor off the skid. Follow BEFORE YOU OPERATE YOUR NEW TRAC TOR, WE WISH TO ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE THE BEST the instructions below to remove the tractor from the skid. PERFORMANCE AND SATISFACTION FROM THIS WARNING: Before start ing, read, un der stand and fol low QUALITY PRODUCT.
  • Page 7 OPERATION These symbols may appear on your tractor or in literature supplied with the product. Learn and understand their meaning. FAST SLOW REVERSE HIGH NEUTRAL CHOKE IGNITION SWITCH ENGINE START MOWER HEIGHT MOWER LIFT REVERSE ENGINE ON PARKING BRAKE ENGINE OFF OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) CLUTCH/BRAKE...
  • Page 8 OPERATION KNOW YOUR TRACTOR READ THIS OPERATOR'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR TRACTOR Compare the illustrations with your tractor to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and ad just ments. Save this manual for future reference. Fig.
  • Page 9 OPERATION The operation of any tractor can result in foreign objects thrown into the eyes, which can result in severe eye dam age. Always wear safety glass es or eye shields while operating your tractor or per form ing any ad just ments or repairs. We rec om mend standard safety glasses or a wide vision safety mask worn over spectacles.
  • Page 10 OPERATION TO USE CRUISE CONTROL (J) (See Fig. 7) TO ADJUST GAUGE WHEELS (See Fig. 9) The cruise control feature can be used for forward travel only. Gauge wheels are prop er ly ad just ed when they are slight ly off the ground when mower is at the desired cutting height in operating position.
  • Page 11 OPERATION TO TRANSPORT (See Figs. 3 & 12) REVERSE OPERATION SYSTEM (ROS) (See Fig. 11) When pushing or towing your tractor, be sure to disengage transmission by placing freewheel control in free wheel ing Your tractor is equipped with a Reverse Operation System po si tion.
  • Page 12 OPERATION TO START ENGINE (See Fig. 3) BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE When starting the engine for the first time or if the engine CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL has run out of fuel, it will take extra cranking time to move fuel from the tank to the engine.
  • Page 13: Purge Transmission

    OPERATION PURGE TRANSMISSION MOWING TIPS • Tire chains cannot be used when the mower hous ing CAUTION: Never engage or disengage is attached to tractor. freewheel lever while the engine is run ning. • Mower should be properly leveled for best mowing performance.
  • Page 14 MAINTENANCE BEFORE EVERY EVERY EVERY EVERY EVERY BEFORE MAINTENANCE EACH SEASON STORAGE SCHEDULE HOURS HOURS HOURS HOURS Check Brake Operation Check Tire Pressure Check Operator Presence & ROS Systems Check for Loose Fasteners Check/Replace Mower Blades Lubrication Chart Check Battery Level Clean Battery and Terminals Clean Debris Off Steering Plate ck Transaxle Cooling...
  • Page 15 MAINTENANCE TRACTOR BLADE CARE For best results mower blades must be kept sharp. Re place Always observe safety rules when per form ing any bent or damaged blades. main te nance. CAUTION: Use only a replacement blade ap- BRAKE OPERATION proved by the manufacturer of your tractor.
  • Page 16 MAINTENANCE TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL (See Fig. 16 & 17) V-BELTS Determine temperature range expected before oil change. Check V-belts for deterioration and wear after 100 hours All oil must meet API service classification SG-SL. of operation and replace if necessary. The belts are not •...
  • Page 17: Engine Cooling System

    MAINTENANCE AIR FILTER CLEANING Your engine will not run properly using a dirty air filter. • Clean engine, battery, seat, finish, etc. of all foreign Service air cleaner more often under dusty conditions. matter. • Clean debris from steering plate. Debris can restrict CLEAN AIR SCREEN clutch/brake pedal shaft movement, causing belt slip Air screen must be kept free of dirt and chaff to prevent...
  • Page 18 MAINTENANCE DECK WASHOUT PORT (See Fig. 20) Your tractor’s deck is equipped with a washout port on its surface as part of its deck wash system. It should be utilized after each use. 1. Drive the tractor to a level, clear spot on your lawn, near enough to a water spigot for your garden hose to reach.
  • Page 19: Service And Adjustments

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS WARNING: TO AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SER VICE OR AD JUST MENTS: • Depress brake pedal fully and set parking brake. • Place attachment clutch in “DISENGAGED” position. • Turn ignition key to “STOP” and remove key. •...
  • Page 20 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS • ATTACH MOWER SIDE SUSPENSION ARMS (A) TO • Insert end of link (E) into hole in front mower bracket CHASSIS - Position hole in arm over pin (B) on outside and secure with washer and retainer spring (J). of tractor chassis and secure with retainer spring.
  • Page 21: To Level Mower

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS TO LEVEL MOWER • If adjustment is necessary, see step in Visual Adjust- ment instructions above. Make sure tires are properly inflated to the PSI shown on • Recheck measurements, adjust if necessary until both tires. If tires are over or under inflated, it may affect the sides are equal.
  • Page 22: To Replace Mower Blade/Motion Drive Belt

    SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS TO REPLACE MOWER BLADE DRIVE BELT TO REPLACE MOTION DRIVE BELT (See Fig. 31) (See Fig. 32) Park the tractor on level surface. En gage parking brake. The mower blade drive belt may be replaced without tools. For as sis tance, there is a belt installation guide decal on Park the tractor on level surface.
  • Page 23 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS TO REMOVE WHEEL (See Fig. 33) TO REMOVE CABLES, REVERSE ORDER - • BLACK cable first from chassis and then from the fully • Block up axle securely. charged battery. • Remove axle cover, retaining ring and washers to allow •...
  • Page 24 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS TRANSMISSION TO REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULB • Raise hood. REMOVAL/RE PLACE MENT • Pull bulb holder out of the hole in the backside of the grill. • Replace bulb in holder and push bulb holder securely Should your transmission require removal for service or back into the hole in the backside of the grill.
  • Page 25: Fuel System

    STORAGE ENGINE Immediately prepare your tractor for storage at the end of the season or if the tractor will not be used for 30 days or more. FUEL SYSTEM IMPORTANT: IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT GUM DEPOSITS WARNING: Never store the trac tor with FROM FORMING IN ES SEN TIAL FUEL SYSTEM PARTS SUCH gas o line in the tank inside a building AS CARBURETOR, FUEL FIL TER, FUEL HOSE, OR TANK...
  • Page 26: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION 1. Out of fuel. 1. Fill fuel tank. Will not start 2. Engine not “CHOKED” properly. 2. See “TO START ENGINE” in Operation section. 3. Engine flooded. 3. Wait several minutes before attempting to start. 4. Bad spark plug. 4.
  • Page 27 TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Engine continues 1. Faulty operator-safety presence control 1. Check wiring, switches and connections. If not system. corrected, contact an authorized service center/ to run when oper- department. ator leaves seat with attachment clutch engaged 1. Worn, bent or loose blade. 1.
  • Page 28: Limited Warranty

    In the event you have a claim under this Warranty, you must return the product to an authorized service dealer. Should you have any unanswered questions concerning this Warranty, please contact: Ariens 655 W. Ryan Street Brillion, WI 54110 1-877-257-6920
  • Page 30 Ariens Company 655 West Ryan Street Brillion, WI 54110-1072 1-877-257-6920 WARNING The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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