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Before using your fine tractor for spring use it is a good idea to check under the engine shrouding, particularly behind the flywheel housing and make sure the cooling fins are not blocked. As many of you already know, mice like to build nests in here during the winter months. Simply removing some of the screws and prying back the "tin" should get you an idea whether or not you need to procede further. If a nest is discovered try removal with a shop vac and/or mechanical fingers if you don't have compressed air. Because you don't have much room to work with consider "snaking down" the vac hose to get it to fit - it's better than removing the engine! Also be careful - the coil wires are located in this area. Consider making your own access cover if this is a continious problem. Also be sure to check the flywheel air intake screen - this can become plugged from normal grass debris buildup. Remember a COOL engine likes summertime. :)

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Another tip once the cooling fins have been cleaned is to sprinkle powdered moth flakes around eng area. This works really well to deter mice from building nests and makes your tractor smell SO NICE!![If one can like moth ball smell!!!] Regards, dlc

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