Have 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.
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 →
Troubleshoot a Clogged Snowblower
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 →
The 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.
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 →
The 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.
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 →
There’s a vast range of small engine equipment out there, but Honda’s legendary reliability means their engines can be found powering just about everything. The GC135 is no exception, and using it is the same no matter what is attached to the output shaft. This guide will walk you through running this engine, as well as solving common problems so you can keep your equipment working year after year.
Adjustable vs Fixed Speed Engines
The GC135 comes in two versions: fixed and adjustable speed. Continue reading →
Honda’s G100 engine is used in a wide range of small-engine equipment, including lawn care, construction, and agriculture devices for both the consumer and professional markets. No matter what your engine is attached to, this guide will walk you through using this motor and solving common problems.
Like all internal combustion engines, the G100 produces carbon monoxide when it burns fuel. When used in confined spaces, this gas can collect, causing asphyxiation. Always move the engine to an outdoor location away from buildings before starting.
The fuel tank should also never be refilled while running. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Continue reading →