24 HP Briggs and Stratton Using Oil
I have at 2003 48" Craftsman that has a 24HP B&S Engine. The engine has 79 hours for the past month the engine started using a lot of oil (1/2 Qt every 2 hours) and is smoking when the engine is under load (ie PTO is engaged). I have read lots of great post on this forum and believe that the problem is a blown head gasket. Here is why; the compression is great in both cylinders, I have used 30 wt oil since I bought the tractor, I have changed oil 4 times and the air filter twice, and have checked for any oil leaks and O rings on the oil tube/dipstick are in good shape. During one of the oil changes, a little too much oil was put in the engine and ran for about 2 hours and when I noticed it, I drained to the appropriate level. Shortly after that the engine started to smoke and use oil. Other than that, the engine runs fine, with no loss of power. My question is am I missing something? If not, does anyone have instructions on replacing the head gaskets on this engine and how long it will take me. I plan on doing it this winter. Thanks for you help. This is a great forum.