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Craftsman Walk Behind Mower Died and Will Not Start

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05-09-13, 06:38 AM   #1  
Craftsman Walk Behind Mower Died and Will Not Start

My Craftsman model number 917.377690 has fallen and it can't get up.
I was mowing my lawn and the engin died and then the deck was covered in oil.
Obviously, I am thinking there is a blown gasket, but I have never worked on this before.
This has engine 143.006706.
I am getting no resistance when I pull the starter cord now.
Could this be simply the head gasket, or are there bigger problems that I need to worry about.
My main question is: Is this worth taking the engine apart, or should I just scrap it?
Any help would be appreciated.

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05-09-13, 07:20 AM   #2  
Did it just die suddenly and oil came out in a blob? Or was it loosing power and leaking oil somewhat slowly? Do you see a hole in the side of the engine case or does it make any scraping or clank/clunk sounds when you pull the cord? I'm wondering if you broke the connecting rod.

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05-09-13, 09:18 AM   #3  
Me too, sounds like it's blown.

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05-09-13, 10:54 AM   #4  
See if you have any compression,,pull the spark plug and take a looksee.

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