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my brother inlaw asked me to take a look at his john deere and i think it is a 17.5 HP. said it locked up, i went and looked and it was low on oil but it did have oil in it and it was clean. I came back to the house and got some sockets and a breaker bar and sure enough it was locked so i tried reverse direction and it came loose. i can turn it almost a full turn then it locks again. something is broke, does this engine have that screwy balancing deal like the older 14 HP did? It has been a long time since i have been into a briggs and this is the second one my way this week! I cant recall all of what that balancing deal consisted of or if it could lock one up if it failed.