so i finally got around to opening up the head of my lawn mower and found out why it wasnt running.
the intake push rod is bent. and the exhaust is straight. obviously my valves were way out of spec and needed to be adjusted but that ship has sailed. could the intake valve also be bent? when i push in on the intake valve there is no sticking and it moves smoothly. also would there be any damage to the piston face if the valve came into contact with it?