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Make certain that the exhaust is not restricted. Many of these machines have an exhaust screen in the muffler that if it becomes partially blocked with create a back pressure and cause the engine to run extremely hot. If the unit is mounted in an enclosed area make certain that the exhaust is being vented outside of that area otherwise the exhaust could be recirculated through the intake and cause the engine to run hot as well.