The GS 190 may be small, but with features like a cast iron cylinder liner, it can deliver the reliability you expect from a commercial-grade engine. Whether your GS is powering a tiller, pressure washer, water pump, or a piece of farm equipment, this guide will help you keep your engine running reliably.
Honda recommends performing the following services:
- Before each use – Check air filter and oil level.
- First month or 5 hours of operation – Change the oil.
- Every three months or 25 hours – Clean the air filter.
- Every 6 months or 50 hours – Change the oil.
- Every year or 100 hours – Check the spark plug and (if equipped) the spark arrester.
- Every two years or 200 hours: Replace the air filter and spark plug.
Bought a new piece of equipment powered by a Honda GS 190? Here’s what you need to know to get it running and address any problems along the way.
- Make sure there’s fuel inside the fuel tank.
- Check the oil level. Remove the dipstick from the filler cap, wipe off any oil, and reinsert it without screwing it back into the engine. The oil should come up above the bottom mark on the stick.
- Inspect the air filter. To get to it, open up the air cleaner housing by pushing in the tabs on the side of the cover.
- Check the equipment for fluid leaks, loose bolts, and other potential issues.
Honda makes several versions of this engine with different ways of making adjustments to the fuel, air, and ignition. All models have a choke, but the other levers may be missing depending on the version you own. Continue reading