Hi there, I have another question for the pros out there.
I was draining the oil on the 147 today and heard some loud oil hit the drain pan (metal pieces). Upon pulling the oil pan I found that the bottom balancer gear had broken parts off of it. I removed the rest of the gear from the engine. The engine was running good with no noise or smoke that I could hear or see. At a very low idle it did rock back and forth a little bit.
I have heard that you can take these gears out and leave them out. Is this correct? If so, since the engine was running with no noises, can I leave the top gear in with out doing any harm? This engine will not be used much other than in tractor parades and a little driving around the yard. No mowing.
If the top gear has to be removed can it be removed without pulling the crankshaft?
Here are a couple of photos.
Any help will be appreciated.
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