There ya go! Great trick with the lye or quick heat!
I wanted to do some forensics! You guys are regular CSI Investigators! ( Crancase Shot Inside )
Perp Evidence:: The owner isn't handy, always seems a little sheepish about it. [ Pick a career, handyman or distinguished Federal Judge with landmark decisions ]. His other buddy told me he starts the mower and instantly revv's it up to full speed and starts mowing. Never checks the oil. Mower is a '98.
1.Serious mouse nest found in the typical area between the engine shroud and the cooling fins; complete with two dead mice. No necropsy conducted due to budget cuts. Conclusion based on evidence, engine baked mice a la SAE sauce.
2. This engine has a 3 qt. oil capacity. Unable to determine actual cause of low oil level due to quarter sized shrapnel hole in upper crankcase.
3. Cylinder not heat damaged or scuffed.
Conclusion: either lack of oil to the rod bearing or connecting rod failure.
Conclusion: This all started when, once again, I opened my fat mouth and said, "I can fix your mower."
I think it might have been low oil + overheating. This is a splasher engine, since it's vertical I think maybe the rod failed after the bearing started to lose lubrication and began dragging.
Would definitely use Smallenginewarehouse again, as long as I don't get the "cranky" guy. I think his name is "Rod."