Hi all. A friend of mine bought a really nice used yard machines 14.5 hp 38 inch cut mower, hardly used. He used it for about a week on the acreage he just bought, and he was cutting some pretty tall grass. All was well, till he stopped to re fill the gas tank. When he went to start it, it went right to full throttle and wouldn't throttle back. He kept using it, but said it was getting harder to start.
Finally today he brought it to me too look at, and I could tell right away, the valves were out of adjustment. I disconnected the throttle assembly to verify too, the the governor is working and it was a fight to get started, but it did, and the governor works as it should. Push the gov one way and it forces the throttle to close, and close it, and it pushes it open, so it by itself seems to work proper. Seems to be an issue with the linkages, or spring.
I also noticed that it is leaking oil from the bottom seal. Told him to leave it with me and I would see what I could do.
Well this aft, I went to adjust the valves and could not turn the engine over. Had to put a wrench on it to get it to move. And I was correct, they were out of adjustment. I adjusted them correctly but when you put the plug back in and try to start it, it locks up. I can get it to spin thru, without the spark plug.
I have noticed, when turning it by hand, there is a squeak coming from some place, and when I put a screw driver under the fly wheel, I can move it a good 1/16 inch or slightly more up and down. This seems to be a lil excessive.
From what I have seen of this engine online, it appears to have a counter balance in it. Is it possible that it has been over worked/ over reved and damage done to the counter balance, and quite possible any bearing or bearing surface damage as well? And damage that would cause the crank to drop lower and bind up on the connecting rod?? As well as cause the oil leak??
I don't see where any kind of engine brake would be attached
The engine is a B and S power built 14.5 hp, model 31A507, Type 0871G3, code 120315ZA
Any help would be great, thanks