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Overheating skidoo the skidoo was fine on my first major run of the season but on a relative mild day the machine overheated to a point were it had to be towed out.

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You probably sucked some fine weeds, algae,something small into your intake so there was no water to cool the motor. Also, you need to check with the manufacturer because when you flip some brands they always need to be righted either clockwise or counterclockwise depending on how the tubing is run cause it can fill your motor with water.

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