In Reply to: Re: Oil, Conventional or Synthetic posted by TheOldHokie on December 14, 2017 at 07:28:20:
The owners operator manual did not go into the detail yours did, and from now on , I will change an Quote from your text.
The owner in this case, kept a very good record of his oil change, in his cell phone, and didn't appreciate, when my initial findings suggested such. Guess I lost a very good friend that brought his log splitter over to help me. I will suggest a oil change, more often as the engine does not have an oil filter
I now think the problem, lies in the engine design.
The dirty oil is picked up by the timing belt in the sump and disturbed up over the valve train gear, which has attached the "decompression mechanism" This decompression mechanism, has a very little spring, that causes the decompression mechanism, to return home. This was not happening in the motor examined. Maybe a new timing gear, that has the decompression mechanism and spring, which is very cheap, would solve the problem. I was quoted a $60 dollar fiqure to have a Honda qualified mechanic fix it.