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Got a 20 hp Briggs with a bent push rod. Do I need to look

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Got a 20 hp Briggs with a bent push rod. Do I need to look for any other issues?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: Mower stopped a couple of weeks ago. Found the issue on you tube so tokens valve cover off and found a bent push rod. Mower just stopped spit and sputtered then quit. Cranked it and saw exhaust coming out of the air filter housing. Didn't try to crank it again.
JA: What's the make and model of the mower? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: Craftsman###-##-####Not sure of age maybe 5 years old.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: At this point it's a maybe
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Have worked on car engines but not many small engines.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

Hi my name is ***** ***** welcome to Just Answer.

Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

First thing to go is replace the bent rod and check valve clearance

Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

Is this a intek engine and is the exhaust push rod bent ?

Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

Vheck the valve guides to see if they shifted or moved

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Not sure it's an intek engine I do believe it's the exhaust rod that's bent. Exhaust was coming out the breather.
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

Ok have you pulled the ohv cover ?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

Do the valve guides look to be in place etc ?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The black things are what I think you are talking about and they look fine as far as I can tell.
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.
On your ohv cover there's should be model , type and code , can you give me those , that way I can look at a diagram
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.
Hi did you replace the push rod ?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Not yet had to wait on a pay day. Will order the push rods on Monday so should have them installed by Friday hopefully.
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.
Ok let me know when you get them installed
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 11 months ago.

Hi just checking to see if you got the push rods installed ?