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My wife was mowing the lawn and she hit a rock. Since than the lawn mower does not start and when it tries to start a little smoke will come out of the carburator area. The mower is a Sears eager 1 tucumsagh engine and is ten years old. I wonder if hitting the rock will it cause internal damage. Thank you

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Unless the blade is belt-driven, like on riding mowers, then the blade is attached directly to the engine crankshaft. Hitting a rock with a mower like this is a very common problem. You probably have a bent crankshaft. In most cases this can be repaired, but may not be worth it, considering the age of the mower. But you should call a local small engine/mower repair shop to ask for an estimate. The repair is not something you would be able to do yourself.

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