Did I blow it -- literally?
Last year, my Craftsman lawn tractor of 2003 started stalling out about 20 minutes into my 2 hour mow. I had to cleaned & mystery stuff done it it and it was running beautifully.
I got it out for my 1st mow this year and I probably mowed hours or so. I stopped to take a picture, and when I engaged the blades, it started stalling out!
It would turn over in a puff of black smoke, but when I engaged the blades, it stalled.
Finally, it started again, but did a big, jerking CLUNK and stalled again. I noticed it had blown chunks out of the engine. They looked ceramic, but were too hot to fool with. I saved them.
Now here's the weird one that worries me. It had a lot of white smoke just curling up from under the engine. It didn't blow away. Just curled around and around itself .
Is my mower toast?
If anything, it's going to be the biggest lawn ornament in history, since I can't move it!