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Good afternoon all and happy Monday! I have a question that I am sure is very basic to most of you: What is the cooling mechanism for my 1980(ish) 317? Mine runs really hot, to the point where I can barely keep my hand on the hood while mowing. Worries me to use it too much on a hot day for fear of doing damage to the engine or other components.

Another thing is that I have to use starter fluid to start the tractor after longer periods of not operating her. I assume it is because the fuel pump loses prime for whatever reason (leak in fuel line somewhere, etc.). Is there a likelihood of long term damage to the system if using starter fluid is a regular practice?
Thank you all!
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