Honda GCV 160 Maintenance Guide

powerstroke-pressure-washer-gcv160Honda’s GCV 160 can be found in everything from pressure washers to lawn mowers, but whatever your motor is powering, it still requires the same maintenance. Here’s what you need to know to keep your Honda small engine running reliably for years to come.

Maintenance Schedule

Before each use: Check the air cleaner and the oil level.
First month or 5 hours of operation: Change the oil.
Every season or 25 hours: Clean the air cleaner
Every season or 50 hours: Change the oil, check the spark plug, and inspect the flywheel brake pad.
Every 100 hours: Check the blade, brake, clutch, and spark arrester (if equipped.)
Every 200 hours: Replace the air cleaner and spark plug.
Every two years: Check the fuel line for cracks and damage. Continue reading

Honda GCV 160 Operation and Troubleshooting

gcv160_imgmedHave a new Honda GCV 160? This guide will walk you through starting and stopping this engine, as well as address common issues, no matter what it may be powering.

Before Use

Fuel – Make sure there is fresh gasoline in the tank. This engine can use fuel blended with up to 10% ethanol (E10) or 5% methanol. Do not fill past the bottom of the filler neck.

Oil – Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe it clean, and reinsert it into the filler neck without screwing it in. Pull it out and check for oil. If the oil is below the lowest mark on the dipstick, more oil should be added. Honda recommends 10W30 motor oil for this engine. Continue reading

Don’t Make These 7 Mistakes With Your Honda Generator

eb3000_pe_imglgThe name “Honda” is synonymous with quality, especially when it comes to generators. However, even the best made generator can be unreliable or even dangerous if not used correctly. Here’s what you shouldn’t do with your generator, whether you have a small portable model, a home backup system, or a portable power source for work sites.

1. Use It Indoors

It may seem convenient to put your generator in a place where the outlets are within easy reach, but doing so can be lethal. When internal combustion engines burn fuel, they create carbon monoxide. This odorless gas latches onto your red blood cells, preventing them from carrying the oxygen your body needs to function. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, generators are the cause of 85% of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths outside of fires. Make sure your generator sits outside, away from buildings, and use extension cords to get the power to where you need it. Continue reading

Troubleshoot a Clogged Snowblower

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It seems almost inevitable: you’re cleaning up the snow that’s landed on your driveway, and then you notice that nothing is actually coming out of the chute. Why do snowblowers clog, and what can you do to keep it from happening?

Removing Clogs Safely

Before removing a clog, shut off the snowblower and disconnect the spark plug to ensure there is no possibility of an accidental start. Trying to remove clogged snow with your hands is a good way to be injured, even if the impellers aren’t moving. Instead, use the tool included with your snowblower for this purpose. Continue reading

8 Simple Tips for Snowblowing

honda-snow-blowerWinter is here, and that means a constant battle between snowfall and your driveway. These tips will help you get the most out of your Honda snowblower, keeping the pavement uncovered with as little effort as possible while reducing the chance of breakdowns.

1. Prepare Your Property Ahead of Time

Before the first snowfall, take the time to remove any obstacles that could get clogged in your snowblower including chains, outdoor lights, extension cables, and garden hoses. Set up markers near gravel and landscape features as well as the edges of your driveway and sidewalk. Already have frozen ground? A masonry bit can drill a hole through the dirt for your marker. Continue reading

Honda EU7000is Generator

honda-eu7000is-portable-generator-jpgDo you need a source of electricity that is strong enough for major appliances, sophisticated enough for electronics, and both quiet and portable enough for use almost anywhere? The Honda EU7000is is built to do all that, providing reliable, efficient and easy-to-use power for RVs and as a backup for grid power in homes.

Engine Runtime

Power is provided by a GX390 engine with electronic fuel injection. EFI doesn’t just improve fuel efficiency, it greatly decreases maintenance. Throttle control is automatic, adjusting to meet the current electrical load for high efficiency. The gas tank holds 5.1 gallons of fuel, which is enough to run the generator up to 18 hours. Even if the electrical load is at the maximum this generator can handle the entire time it’s running, that’s still enough fuel to last 6 hours. A fuel gauge comes standard, making it easy to monitor consumption. Continue reading

Honda EU3000is Generator

eu3000is_pe_imglgDo you need a lot of power, but want a generator that is still quiet and portable? The Honda EU3000is generator makes enough electricity to power large appliances while still being small enough to move and quiet enough to use in areas with noise restrictions. It’s a great choice whether you need a home backup or extra power on the road.

Is It Reliable?

Honda has a reputation for reliability, and this generator is no exception. Power is provided by a GX200. This engine design has been proven through its use in countless pieces of equipment including pressure washers, water pumps, and even racing go karts. It comes with an electric starter, but there’s also a pull start backup in case the battery has drained. The Oil Alert system shuts down the engine if the oil level is too low to prevent internal damage, and circuit breakers protect the inverter from being overloaded.

The entire generator is backed by a three-year warranty that covers commercial and residential use.

What Can This Generator Power?

AC output is 2,800 watts at 120 volts (23.3 amps) with a maximum of 3,000 watts (35 amps) to handle surges when starting electric motors. That’s enough power to run a 13,500 BTU AC unit in an RV.

When used for household power, this generator can provide the electricity to power almost anything aside from an A/C unit or electric heater. That includes Energy Star-certified freezers and refrigerators, microwaves, incandescent lights, fans for gas and oil-fueled furnaces, hair dryers, coffee makers, blenders, and garage door openers.

The inverter built into this generator supplies a clean A/C current comparable to household electricity, so it won’t damage sensitive electronics or computers using its power.

Power is separated into three outlets: the duplex plug’s two outlets can handle up to 20 amps, while the locking plug can handle loads up to 30 amps.

Where Can I Use This Generator?

The EU3000is measures 25.9 x 17.6 x 22.0 inches and weighs 131 lbs, making it surprisingly compact for its output. It should fit in the lower storage bays found in most large RVs.

Noise should never be a problem. When operating, the EU3000is produces 49 dB at 1/4 load and 58 dB at full load. Even when running at full capacity, it’s quieter than two people having a normal conversation three feet from each other.

The engine comes with a built in USDA-approved spark arrester, so it should meet fire safety regulations in most locations.

How Long Does it Run?

The tank holds 3.4 gallons of fuel, which is enough to run the generator for up to 20 hours. Even when used at its highest capacity, it can run a little over 7 hours before it needs to be refueled. The Eco-Throttle system automatically adjusts engine speed to meet power demand, so you’ll always get the best fuel efficiency possible.

What Else Can I Do With This Generator?

There are several accessories available to expand the EU3000is’ capabilities.

Want to double your available power? There’s a cable that lets you link two identical models together for parallel capacity, giving you more power when you need it while maintaining portability.

Want it to be even more portable? Honda offers kits that add two or four wheels to make it easy to wheel this generator into position for use.

Using the EU3000is for backup power in your home? The transfer switch lets the generator be safely integrated into your existing electrical system.

Need to charge an automotive battery? With an optional charging cord, you can add a set of DC alligator clips that provide 12 amps of 12 volt power.

Where to Buy Parts and Accessories for the Honda EU3000is Generator

You can be sure your EU3000is will be ready when you need it with parts from www.hondalawnparts.com. We’re a certified dealer of Honda small engine equipment, carrying OEM replacement parts for your generator and the motor that powers it. Not quite sure what you should order? Our search engine has built-in factory parts diagrams that make it easy to match up what you need with what you’re ordering. We can ship anything from bolts to engine blocks to any location in the U.S. and Canada.

Honda GXV270 Operation and Troubleshooting Guide

hrc7113The Honda GXV270 is a popular engine for commercial devices ranging from power washers to water pumps. No matter what your engine is attached you, this guide will help you get it running.

Before Starting

Check the oil: Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe off any oil, and reinsert it into the filler neck without screwing it back in. When you pull it out, the oil should be above the lower oil level mark. If it’s not, add some oil. Honda recommends 10W40 for this engine. On Oil Alert-equipped motors, the system will make a buzzing sound if the oil level is too low, but it’s best to check the level ahead of time.

Check the air cleaner: Remove the wing nut on the top of the cleaner cover, then slide off the cover. The paper element is held down by a second wing nut and a washer, and this element is surrounded by a foam element. If an element is damaged, it needs to be replaced. Continue reading

Honda GXV120 Maintenance Guide

lp-img_gxv120The GXV120 is a vertical shaft engine that is mostly seen in walk-behind mowers. As with any Honda, it delivers outstanding reliability, but only if it’s properly maintained. This guide will walk you through the basics of keeping your engine serviced.

Before You Begin

All maintenance should be performed with the engine off. Giving the engine time to cool will reduce the chance of burns, especially when working around the muffler. Continue reading

Honda GXV120 Operation and Troubleshooting Guide

billy-goat-core-aerator-gx120The GXV120 is used in a wide range of walk-behind power equipment, but no matter what it’s attached to, operating the engine remains the same. This guide will walk you through using your engine and solving common problems that may keep it from running.

Before Starting

Check the oil: Remove the filler cap and wipe off the dipstick. Slide it back into the filler neck without threading it back into the motor, then pull it out. If the stick is dry above the lower level mark, add some more oil until it comes up to the upper mark. Honda recommends 10W30 automotive oil. Continue reading