Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Head bolts


I have a tecumseh engine model number ov358ea and was wondering if the head bolt are torque to yield or can I reuse them also my head bolts has two washers on each and most of washers were cracked or broken should I be worried about that? I'm hoping that I have the right torque specks for that also 19ft pounds or I think 230in pounds??? Thank you for your time ito is greatly appreciated.h86ne

The torque is correct.  I would get new washers...based on experience with Tecumseh engines.  They are not as balanced as Briggs, Honda, Kawasaki...I had an older Tecumseh with an odd problem once...long story short one of the head bolt holds, in the head, was so out of round it was leaking when it got hot and causing very poor engine performance.  Repaired the hole with a bronze bushing and it ran find some hardened washers for those head bolts.

You should be able to re-use the bolts...never heard of torque to yield on Tecumseh.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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