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Thread: I think it's toast....

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX

    I think it's toast....

    I was mowing Sat before dark, just the back yard, when clatter, clatter, clatter, pop, pop....pop, and the engine died. A little background, this is a mower my Dad gave me 3 years ago, I have no idea how long he had it before then, probably 5 at least. Craftsman hydrostatic with a Briggs & Stratton single cylinder 17 hp motor. It had always started rough like something was rubbing, but would start and ran fine. Oil leaked badly, but hey, not a big deal. Well, I went ahead and opened it up and found some chunks of metal in the lower engine. Pulled the head off and this is what I found:Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	71609 Looks like what was rubbing was the intake valve, and it finally broke, dropping the valve head in the combustion chamber. The pieces of metal I found in the lower end was parts of the piston top.
    I think the lower end is probably ok, but I wouldn't trust the head. So, new piston and head? Not sure it's worth it. I have a push mower that threw a rod a bunch of years back. I can get a new engine for it for about 130.00. LOML used to mow with it. Hmmmm........Jim
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Yup, it's toast
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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    Yep and it's burned toast at that!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Ahhhhhh, just throw some duct tape on it and throw it back together.........Yep, toast

  5. #5
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    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    i've found the perfect replacement! no valves to worry about! no gaskets!
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    if the duct tape does not work -- try some JB-Weld
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Les Coteaux,Quebec
    But now with a lower compression ratio, you can probably crank it by hand

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    You should go with a Riding Mower

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