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Got oil all over the track?

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I serviced my 2015 Honda HSS928 today and stupid me got oil all over the track. I cleaned it up with rags then took the hose to it to wash anything left. Is there anything else I should do? The manual says if you get oil on the track it will damage it.

Thanks for any answers you can give me!
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Hi there

I serviced my 2015 Honda HSS928 today and stupid me got oil all over the track. I cleaned it up with rags then took the hose to it to wash anything left. Is there anything else I should do? The manual says if you get oil on the track it will damage it.

Thanks for any answers you can give me!
Oil will attack rubber. If you got it all off, you should be good, if not, maybe try some cream hand cleaner, that stuff they use in garages that strips oil and grease off your hands, and rinses away with water.

I assume you were draining the oil from the side drain pipe and of course, it leaked all over everything. Check and see if there is another drain plug on the back side of the engine that you can get to, and install an extension pipe on it so the oil drains off the back end and misses all the rubber parts. Just put one on my Briggs engine and it worked like a charm. I don't know if the honda engine has multiple drain plugs.

I have seen a doodad from Briggs that is supposed to attach to your oil pipe. It has a shutoff valve and lets you add a plastic hose onto the end to let you direct oil where you want it. Then you open the valve and let it drain. Looks a bit flimsy but might do what you need if you don't have a better drain plug location available.

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Hi there

I serviced my 2015 Honda HSS928 today and stupid me got oil all over the track. I cleaned it up with rags then took the hose to it to wash anything left. Is there anything else I should do? The manual says if you get oil on the track it will damage it.

Thanks for any answers you can give me!
I thought that Honda included a drain hose with these. This is one of my biggest peaves with snowblower manufacturers and the engines they select for their machines, why have an oil drain on the side of the engine right beside a wheel or a track.

I know these engines are often used on other applications, but have the engine manufacturer modify the location of the drain plug to face the back of the machine where it belongs when it is being used on a snowblower. Toro's Loncin engines have the drain on the side as well.

It sounds like you cleaned it up well and quickly, I wouldn't worry too much about it, though I know it"s frustrating.
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I'd use engine degreaser on it and wash it off Zep brand is fantastic stuff. I think it's called Zep 505 degreaser or something like that.
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Mike -

Form a Funnel would be great for this application

I'm sure you have this stuff around but you can always just take a funnel or ad-hoc one out of a water bottle and divert that into a small oil drain pan as well, FWIW
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I ended up putting a ez oil valve on my 928, it has the extension nipple on it so you can put a piece of hose on it as long as needed. Had to loosen all the motor mount bolts to install, but once it's on , no worries again. If you look it up online, get on the Canadian site, free shipping.

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EZ-109H is the part number in case you're interested in the part.

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