Yeah push rods don’t just bend by themselvesWhen i worked for a small engine company we had a generator with a kohler that had a bent push rod. Took months to get in, then when we finally had it installed it bent upon first crank again.
my question first would be, why did it bend in the first place. check that out before trying to fix.
i left shortly after it bent the second time so i never did get the final outcome.