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332, what to watch for

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I've got a line on a 332 with a Yanmar that has a new deck and m49 snow blower, hours unkown. I've got limited exposure to diesels, but am looking at a time in the not too distant future when all I'll have to run my 317 on is gas/ethanol mix and the resulting engine problems.

What should I be looking for when buying this unit. I would automatically check the oil condition, air filter condition, steering play, evidence of proper lubrication, transmission fluid condition and any creeping issues.

Do I need be concerned with glow plugs, fuel pump, injectors? If so, is there a quick way to check them out?

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I've owned two 332's and they are real nice tractors. Creeping is an issue and it can be tough to finally get it to stop. The simplest way is to set the parking brake and then move the go lever back and forth just a little bit until the hydraulic noise goes away. It is sort of a whine that will stop when the tranny is not trying to go either way. You can fool with it for a while to see if the linkage and the pivots are worn. It is not a big deal. I have never had any problem with the Yanmar and my policy is that if I can't start and run it I don't buy it. It might be something really simple but I am not interested in rebuilding a diesel. One weak area is the radiator and both of mine at the bottom of the radiator had some corrosion and both were full of crud from the fan sucking up grass and dirt from below. The fan belt is a nightmare to replace because you have to disconnect the drive shaft from the engine to get to it so if you buy it and do any radiator work that would be the time to replace the belt. They have power steering and the tie rod ends get pretty beaten up so that can give you a little slop in the steering. Figure about $10 each for grease fitting models. The instrument panel is simple compared to the later models like the 425 445 and 455. No issues there although there is a little "Low Fuel" gauge that has a delicate sender that is easily damaged when the fuel tank is taken off. Also, there is a hose with a screen in the tank that will probably need to be replaced. Change all filters and fluids and try to get some grease into the zerk fittings while you are in there. I had one with a rear axle seal that was leaking but it was not a big deal to replace it. If you don't run into much you should have yourself a great little tractor.
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