I've got an '89 Sears 30" rear engine riding mower. Today I had the
misfortune of getting hung up on a low remnant stump. In the process
the blade managed to cut into the deck itself.
I was able to free the blade and using a sledge drive the cut metal of
the deck clear. The mower starts and drives properly until the blade
control is engaged. At that time a crunching sound is heard and the
engine wants to quit.
I've got the full owners manual with parts listing and diagram.
Wondering where I should look first to identify the source of the
crunch? When I freed the blade nothing was sticking.
With this in mind have I reached the point where repairs are going to
exceed lasting value? Curious which areas go beyond the skills of an
average homeowner tinkerer.