My ole reliable MF 14 that has been my main mowing tractor quit on me today. This is the first MF I bought after moving to a house with a larger yard. Only issue i have ever had with the tractor has been the float in the carb sticking. Today while mowing and almost done (2 more swaths to go) the mower loaded up and the engine quit. I though maybe i had hit something in the yard to cause the deck to lock up. Engine started right back up and the deck turned on like usual but a few seconds later it did the same thing. I ended up putting in in neutral between the low and high on the rear axle so i could coast it down the hill to the house without messing up the hydro.
I pulled it in front of the garage (engine started again but there was a small knock) and pulled the engine out with my cherry picker. Once on the work table I pulled off the oil pan and found this. . I pulled out the rest of the rod an piston. Crank is good to go now scoring or wear. Piston on the other hand has to be replaced due to scoring on the sides. While the engine is apart I am taking out the balance gears, they more slop on bearing than I have seen. I do not need them to go thru the block.