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Honda Mower oil leak

Posted by kirkiesgirl Michigan (My Page) on
Thu, May 19, 11 at 21:28

I have a honda push mower that has been stored all winter, now there is oil dripping from what I can tell is the cylinder head cover on the front of engine
Parts list doesnt show a gasket there. I have tools and a brain, Im just scared to remove the cover and say oh crap.
What are the torque specs, why no gasket, its only two years old.
Katherine L

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RE: Honda Mower oil leak

Don't try to take off the camshaft cover - it's put on with an adhesive sealer and they don't leak. Have you checked the oil to see it it is over-filled? Was the mower stored sitting flat on it's wheels? The only oil leak I have seen on the Honda overhead cam engine is around the governor shaft at the rear of the block. If oil level is good, just run the mower and see what happens. Try to determine if it's an active leak and where it comes from.
Was the mower tipped up on one side at any time? If so, this is most likely the source of the oil. You'll have to replace the air filter if oil-soaked and remove the spark plug to cycle the engine and expel oil from the cylinder if the engine feels 'locked up'.
You can tip a mower up, but the carburetor (air filter) has to be on the high side.

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