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Steel Push Rod

Part Number: 690981
Briggs and StrattonToro
Availability: 25+ in stock
Price: $6.44
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Description:
This is an authentic OEM replacement part, sold individually.

The Push Rod rides on the camshaft to push the exhaust valve open during the exhaust stroke.

It is compatible with the models shown below.

Let the engine cool before replacing this part. Wear work gloves to protect your hands.
Product Information
Manufacturer: Briggs and Stratton, Toro
Product Number: 690981
Classification: Part
Weight: 0.01 lbs.
Shipping: Ships Worldwide
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Compatibility

This part is compatible with the following machines:

Toro
Briggs and Stratton

Products Compatibility

This item works with the following types of products:

  • • Engine
  • • Lawn Tractor
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Repair Instructions: Submitted by Customers Like You
17 of 18 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Socket set, Wrench Set
Bent push rods.
Removed valve covers. Found bent rods. Ordered replacement rods. Questioned what caused the bent push rods. Watched the video and figured out the valve guides had come out which bent the rods. Followed instructions on resetting them and pinging the head to prevent the valve guides from slipping out. I did remove the head but is not always necessary.
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5 of 6 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Socket set, Adjustable Wrench
Bent push rod and push rod guide moved up out of the of the head.
Pressed in push rod guide and penned and replaced push rod and set clearances.
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4 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Repair Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent Repairing:
More than 2 hours
Tools Used:
Socket set, Wrench Set, Spring compressor
Repaired bent exhaust push rod
1. Removed valve cover
2. Removed valve spring, keepers
3. Set valve guide.
4. Re-installed spring
5. Install new pushrod
6. Adjust valve clearance
7. Re-install valve cover
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Repair Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent Repairing:
More than 2 hours
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set, Nutdriver, Adjustable Wrench, feeler gages, putty knife, torque wrench, etc.
Engine only firing on one cylinder (V-Twin)
Started out by replacing a magneto, but that wasn't the problem. Pulled the valve cover and found 2 bent push rods, part of the problem, finally discovered damaged valve guide, now we're getting somewhere. Non repairable item, ordered new head assembly, still not running, I got it to start once then quit, Pulled the valve cover again an rechecked valve adjustment, set to .004". Decided gas wasn't coming thru carburetor, ordered carburetor rebuild kit , rebuilt it and it still wouldn't run.
After noodling it around my more experienced friend and I decided to pull the carburetor apart again, and that is when I discovered the little O-ring wasn't in its recess where it belonged. Too bad there wasn't an instruction on how to put it together properly. It got pinched and was allowing too much gas thru and was flooding the engine.
Once we accomplished that and got everything back together the engine started right up, and now runs like a champ. I forgot to tell you, I've never been a real shade tree mechanic before, first time for everything. I'm 75 years old!
No I'm not Laurie, she pays the bills, I'm her old man.
Gabby
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Rocker Cover Gasket - 690971
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set, hammer
Engine overheated causing valve guides to push out and bend push rods
1. Removed valve cover
2. Removed valve springs and push rods
3. Used socket and hammer to push valve guides back in.
4. Reinstalled valve springs and new push rods
5. Adjusted valve clearance
6. Reinstalled valve covers with new gaskets
7. Washed engine thoroughly
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Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Head-Cylinder - 796231
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Socket set, Wrench Set, Allen wrench, gasket scraper
Exhaust valve frozen, both push rods bent.
1. Removed shroud.
2. Removed heat shield.
3. Removed intake bolts.
4. Removed exhaust manifold bolts.
5. Removed spark-plug.
6. Removed valve cover.
7. Removed head bolts and head.
8. Cleaned cylinder surface of old head gasket material.
9. Installed new head and torqued bolts in a cross pattern.
10. Installed new rocker arms (included with head) and leave slightly loose.
11. Apply assembly lube to rocker pivots and push-rod ends.
12. Install new push-rods, then tighten rocker arm bolts.
13. Check and set valve lash.
14. Clean gasket material from valve cover.
15. Using new valve cover gasket, install valve cover.
16. Install intake bolts.
17. Install exhaust bolts.
18. Install Spark plug.
19. Install heat shield.
20. Install shroud.
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Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Screw (Rocker Arm) - 697890
Spark Plug - 691043
Gasket Set-Engine - 694012
Vacuum Hose - 694000
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
More than 2 hours
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set, Nutdriver
Bent push rods
Removed cylinder heads from engine. Removed rocker arms and valves from head
Positioned valve guides and staked in place. Reassembled heads and replaced on engine.
Cleaned engine and reinstalled shrouding. Refilled oil, turned key and listened to the sound of a good running engine.
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Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Socket set, Allen wrench
Not firing on one cylinder
Plugs, spark and fuel ok. Removed valve cover to discover a bent push rod laying there. Problem now is there are two rocker arms and only one push rod??? I guess it went through the oil drain hole and lodged in the crankcase some place. No noise or signs of issues with a metal rod in the crankcase. The rod was bent because the rocker arm bolts backed out to the point they no longer held the rods in place. After tightening these bolts, I installed the new rods and adjusted the valve clearance.
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Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Rocker Cover Gasket - 690971
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Socket set, Wrench Set, Feeler gauge
Bent push rods
1. Remove valve cover
2. Remove rocker arm
3. Install push rod
4. Install rocker arm
5. Set gap.
6. Reinstall valve cover with new gasket.

Make sue you clean any debris from cylinder head. A mouse had built a nest that went un noticed which caused the rods to over heat and bend.
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Tool Type:
Lawn Tractor
Parts Used:
Steel Push Rod - 690981
Push Rod - 690982
Head-Cylinder - 796231
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
1-2 hours
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Socket set, Wrench Set, Torque wrench
On a twin briggs, a head failed
1. Removed the cooling shroud.
2. Ran the engine briefly to determine which head failed.
3. Disassembly revealed a bent and broken push rods.
4. Reading other peoples experiences on your website indicated a valve guide had moved and it did! Kept the exhaust valve open.
5. Ordered the parts needed and completed the repair.
Very good company to post other persons experiences with the same engine, brilliant!
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Discussion
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Question: Steel Or Aluminum Push Rods?

1789202

Which one for intake and whish for exhaust? Can I use the steel for both
Hello, If one is aluminum, it is to be used on the Intake Valve only. If they both are Steel, no problem, use a Steel one for each valve.
Question: Different Push Rod Material

1789202

Why is one pushrod steel and the other aluminum? Are they same length? Can I use steel for both?
44L777 0115 B1
Thanks
Hello Steel can be used for both the Intake valve and the Exhaust Valve. Only certain engines even have the aluminum push rods. They are only used on the Intake valves because it would expand too much from exhaust valve heat. They are the same length as the steel one.
Question: Push Rods Fell Out

1789202

On one cylinder the pushrod became disconnected from rocker (exhaust). Placed back in and clearance was .100 . Intake was about .035". Exhaust took lot of adjustment in, to get to spec. Other cylinder intake at about .010, found exhaust pushrod laying loose, and bent. Pushed valve in by hand seems ok, not sticking. Could this simply because clearances got way too big?
Hello, Excessive clearance could easily cause the pushrod to come out. Both valves should slide nice and easily in their valve guides.
Question: Al Vs Stl Push Rods

lentk

description for my engine on push rods indicates both exhaust. can anyone confirm that the aluminum rod is the intake?
Hello An aluminum rod is sometimes used on the Intake valve. It does not get near as hot as the exhaust rod, so steel is not needed.
Many engines have steel rods on both the Intake and Exhaust. An aluminum rod used on the exhaust valve would get too hot and expand too much; compromising the valve lash setting.
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