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Wife hit hammer in yard tractor died turns over dont sound right took out plug some compression dont think the valves are moving will back fire ater cranking for a wile

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Check your blades, replace with straight ones. It is impossible to further diagnose until you've done this, and it may be your only problem.
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The thing that catches my eye is you stating the spark plug was flattened.
I assume you mean the side electrode bent down against the center electrode?

This is normally when the wrong length spark plug is used, extending too far into the combustion chamber.

HOWEVER, this will hit the spark plug immediately!

That would mean SOMETHING had to hit it to bend the electrode.

One thing that MIGHT have happened (very rare) is a valve head snapped off the valve stem, being propelled off the moving piston, and rattling around inside the chamber, hitting the spark plug.

Another possibility, (even rarer) is the connecting rod broke in two, allowing the piston to rise higher into the bore than normally allowed.

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Hi I assume that we are talking about a petrol engine, if it is, it is most likely the inlet valve to the cylinder is stuck, first remove all spark plugs, then remove the rocker cover, this will reveal the valve stems now turn the ignition key and watch the valves compress one at a time taking specific notice to the Dry cylinder valves, the inlet valve would appear to be stuck if it does not compress like the others the simplest way to unblock it is to give the valve a sharp tap with a soft face hammer like a Thor Hammer, this should free it up then try turning the engine again, still with the spark plugs removed if all valves open and closed refit the Spark plugs (Dry, Clean and Regap them first)
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