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Join Date: Dec 2005
Re: Is there a "fix" for the B&S 18.5 HP Head Gasket?
I did take some care to torque in sequence, but I never checked again after running the engine. I thought I'd check it a day back (ya, gasket is likely already destroyed) but noted I have to remove the exhaust pipe to get to some of the bolts. That and the fact I couldn't fine the torque sequence or correct torque lead me to just "test" the bolts I could reach and all seemed tight.
Remember, the engine gasket failed out of the factory with about 200 hours on it. I have head this is common with this particular engine. i.e., a bad/weak design. Or, the factory isn't installing the head correctly on some engines in this line.
1989 Craftsman LT 12 HP 38" 2-blade deck - Retired
1993 Craftsman GT6000 18 HP B&S twin L-head 44" 3-blade deck, - Avatar and duty GT
2005 Craftsman DYT4000 42" 2-blade deck - B&S 18.5 Intek - new head gasket twice in 500 hr. Was hit by a Pine tree blown down by Hurricane Sandy Oct.2012
. But I now have the PYT9000 and a real mowing machine
2011 Craftsman PYT9000 B&S 26 HP Professional and 46" 2-blade deck. Wife said "ANOTHER TRACTOR?"
I replied "Yep"