So I started looking at the 317 today. I discovered along with the wheel wieghts the rear tires have fluid in them. I also see the rear rims and tires will interchange with my 425. So instead of my home made weight setup for the 425 going to do a tire swap, look a lot better. Need the weight on the 425 for pushing snow.
To get he old battery out, I had cut the battery clamp off the cables as they were corroded up something ugly. The PO had said the starter was no good and that was all that was really wrong wit it. I hooked up a big battery with booster cables. Yes the starter kicks out and squeals . But it does turn the engine.. So out with the trusty squirt can with gas to prime the carb. Sure enough it fired. I thought maybe some fresh gas in the tank. Good I checked I think the tank was empty. A little more cranking on the noisy starter and its running, drawing fuel out of the tank. I'm quite pleased with this as when the engine is warm it starts on about 1/2 a turn.
I checked a few more things over starting it and shutting it off. Suddenly it wouldn't start. Turn over but no fire. So back to the basics. Squirted some fuel into the carb. Nothing. It had been running, check the plugs and for spark. NO spark!! So I run a hot wire to coil and it runs. Now I need to do some trouble shooting. Maybe the switch or connection or bad wire from the switch.
I do have one question. It has a PTO shaft with pulley out the back that seems to turn all the time. Is that normal? The shaft seems to rattle a little. I'm not used to the 317s.
Other than that it seems like a very clean, good sounding nice machine.
Edited by Alberta Bolens, November 03, 2014 - 11:09 PM.