Servicing HSS1332 Snow Blowers

HSS1332The HSS1332AT and HSS1132ATD are powerful machines, but like any piece of equipment, they only work well when they’re maintained. Here’s everything you need to know to take care of basic maintenance tasks on these Honda snow blowers.

Service Schedule

Before Every Use:
– Check the scraper and shoes, adjusting as needed.
– Check the bolts and fasteners on the machine for tightness
– Check the engine oil level.

Every 100 hours of Use:
– Change the engine oil

Every 300 hours or Four Years of Ownership:
– Replace the Spark Plug

Getting Your Snow Blower Out of Storage:

– Change the engine oil.
– Check the spark plug.
– Check the track tension.
– Charge the battery on electric start (ATD) models
– Have your snow blower serviced professionally. This includes cable adjustment and auger transmission maintenance.

Putting Your Snow Blower in Storage:

– Drain fuel system and clean carburetor sediment cup.
– Lubricate drive chains on track models
– Lubricate joints
– Charge the battery on electric start (ATD) models

Battery

The HSS1332ATD comes equipped with an electric starter powered by a battery. This battery is stored in a box directly behind the gas tank. To open the box, pull down on the rubber strap to release it from the pin, then tilt the top of the box top up and forward.

Check the output of the battery with a multimeter. If it reads below 12.9 volts, the battery needs to be recharged. Honda recommends limiting current to two amps. Charging should take between 5 and 10 hours.

When removing the battery, disconnect the smaller negative terminal first, followed by the positive terminal. Next, push down on the battery strap to unhook it from the base. Reinstall in reverse order.

The starter is protected by a 5 amp fuse, located in a cover next to the battery.

Oil

The GX390 engine that powers these blowers is designed to use 5W-30 oil for gasoline engines. When draining the oil, use a wrench to keep the drain extension in place while you unscrew the drain bolt.

To get an accurate measurement, check the oil with the blower on a flat surface and do not screw in the oil filler cap/dipstick. When filling, the oil should reach the edge of the filler neck.

Lubrication

There are three points on the snow blower that should be lubricated with waterproof grease:
– On the guides, the bolts slide on to adjust the chute angle
– On the sliding surface where the chute meets the auger housing
– On the sliding part of the levers, between the lever and the mount.

The drive chains for the tracks should be lubricated with Hondalube graphite or moly chain lube, or an equivalent high-quality lubricant.

Spark Plug

The gap between the electrodes should be between 0.028 and 0.031 inches. Some wear is normal, but the plug will need to be replaced sooner than recommended if the insulator or electrodes are damaged.

When installing the plug, turn it until you feel it seat. If the plug was used previously, turn it an additional 90 degrees. If you’re installing a new plug, turn it 180 degrees to crush the sealing washer. You can also use a torque wrench, tightening both used and new plugs to 13 ft-lbs.

Track Tension

To check the tension, place 11 lbs. of weight on the top center of the track. With this weight in place, the track should move 7/16 to 5/8ths of an inch.

To change the tension, find the adjusters on the bottom rear of the machine. These look like studs with two nuts threaded onto them. Loosening the outer nut will let you turn the inner nut to adjust the tension. Once the track deflection is within specifications, tighten the outer nut to 16 ft-lbs.

Skid Shoes and Blades

The skid shoes have two friction surfaces. Once one side wears out, the shoe can be unbolted and flipped upside down to use the other surface. Replace the scraper blade if it’s less than 1/16 of an inch thick.

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Honda Lawn Parts sells parts for everything from Honda’s Power Equipment line including snow blowers. If you need something for your HSS1332, check out our snowblower parts & accessories section, or enter your model and serial number to see parts for your machine. Our site has factory information including exploded diagrams and descriptions built in, making it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. We ship across both America and Canada. To order, visit www.hondalawnparts.com.

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