Replace connecting rod on Briggs 24 HP?
My engine: B&S 24 HP intek, 446677-0463-E1, 330+ hrs
My problem: broken connecting rod
The rod is not only broken, but there is lots of small metal pieces (almost ground). The camshaft is slight bent, and part of the cylinder(?) wall (inside which the rod sits) was broken by the rod.
I've never worked on a small engine before. Should I buy a repair manual and try to replace this rod? If I clean the inside of the engine well, will it matter that a piece of the wall is broken (small, maybe 1 inch sq.)? Will the repair manual's instructions be clear enough for a dummy like me to follow? Just can't afford a new engine right now!
Thanks, O wise community members, for your advice!