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Flywheel moves then stops

My 123 cc Yard Machine push mower was working fine last week, now today won't start. I took off the pull assembly and flywheel nut, if mine has a key it's different than the pics I've seen on the internet. The flywheel will turn freely when the gas handle is pulled (which also released the brake) but then it hits a "wall". The brake had an edge that's still touching the flywheel and not sure than it would make a difference.

Any ideas about a next step? Thanks in advance

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If the engine only turns half a turn or so and feels like it hits something solid my guess is a broken conrod inside the motor(check your oil level??) dismantle engine to inspect damage

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