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24 h intek broken rod

I have a 24 horse B&S Intek motor in my Craftsman lawn tractor. I changed the oil at the begining of the season. The third time I cut my 2 acre yard it started making a horrible noise. I shut the engine down immediately and pushed back to my garage. I checked the oil and it was still on the full line. I had Sears come out to look at it. That took over two weeks to get them out. The mechanic turned the engine over and said, " Yeh, it has a broken rod. It is out of warranty so it will cost $1800 to replace the motor." The warranty ran out 2 months ago. Sears will not help me with the issue. Sounds to me like this particular motor is known for this problem as well as carb and ring problems. Does anyone have any suggestions? Will B&S help at all?

P.S. Don't by from Sears!

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It is very easy to get and install a new engine. I would suggest Oklahoma small engines or Jack's small engines or Kansas City small engines. Oklahoma doesn't have shipping charges. The only thing you need to know is the shaft size and length. Craftsman mowers usually use a 3 1/4 " long by 1 inch shaft. The bolt pattern is the same where it bolts to the lawnmower etc. To find out what size shaft you have without taking the drove pulley and pto clutch off, you can take your exaact model and series numbers, call briggs to get the measurements; then call the online suppliers above and order a 44P777 or 44Q777 to replace it. P is last year and is on closeout. I got one for 700 bucks at my door. You will only need socket wrenches to get the 7/16 by 4" bolt from the bottom of the shaft, and four bolts from the housing then throw her away(recycle). I spent over half as much money on the old design and rebuilt my last engine perfectly and onlly got 30 to50 hours from it. when you hook up the throttle, you need to get someone with a tach to make sure it does not go over 3600 rpm. Do mark the old position of where the cable is clamped with a sharpie to get close. On my mower, the wiring matched exactly; which is likely in your case and all I had to do is cut my fuel line short to go to the left of the motor instead of the right side.
Oh, by the way the model # I gave you would be a 26 horsepower replacement and it will do fine. I don't think there are as many deals out there on the 22. They are the same size. the first two numbers in the model # indicate the size of the bore. The 22 has one eight of an inch less bore than the 25 hp. I belive the 22 model # starts with a 40. third # doesn't matter. 777 means vertical engine, standard bearings, pressurized lubrication, electric starter, alternator which is standard on craftsman mowers. Note: the engine I got did not have the ring that snaps into place around the recoil screen and should be ordered. I went ahead and ordered a tach at the same time. There is an exact sequence for setting the low rpm throttle setting, low rpm governer setting, then the high rpm governer setting by bending some "tangs" with an allen wrench that you saw a groove across the end instead of buying the tool.
Your'e ready to go with a new engine that has a two year warranty, a better system for filtering the air intake, and a better crank lubricating port arrangement than the original. Now, start using synthetic oil.

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Pull off both valve covers and look for a bent pushrod.

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Briggs might help, but doubtful since it's out of warranty. But, depending on why the rod broke (if it did break...Sears doesn't have the most knowledgeable mechanics) and being so soon after warranty, it's worth a try. As for $1800 to replace the engine...ridiculus. Perhaps if you bought it from Briggs at list price you'd have to pay that much. There's plenty of places on the internet to buy them cheaper. If nothing else, I could have one drop shipped to you for around $800. They are good engines. Usually it's owner neglect that shortens an engine's life

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