Help with Stripped Screw Hole on Mower

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by HAS0586, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. HAS0586

    HAS0586 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hey all,
    The head cover (where it says OHV on the front) on my Honda mower got smashed in and I had to take it off to fix it. When I tried to put it back on, I found that I had somehow stripped one of the holes and one of the screws won't screw in all the way. It leaks a lot of oil. Any way I can fix this? Its a Honda Harmony 2 HRR216 SDA with a GCV-160 engine.


    BNR LAWN SERVICES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    A couple options

    First, go to a auto parts store like napa and get a heli coil for it. You will drill out old treads then tap the hole and put a heli coil in place and then new bolt.

    Second, take a good bolt out and go to hardware store, get a tap that size and a new bolt and try to retap the ex-histing hole and replace with new bolt.

    Third, worse option get a little bigger bolt and silicon. Put silicon on the valve cover and jam the new bolt in there and hope for the best.
  3. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    I would try the second option but make sure that you get a bottom tap so that you can make threads all the way to the bottom of the hole.

  4. HAS0586

    HAS0586 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks for the help guys! I'm off to the hardware store.

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