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Would low pump oil cause the engine to not start?
Sounds like fuel starvation, but I have a hunch that may be a design flaw in the HT ignition system whereby only a poor spark is got on tick-over. Maybe slightly narrowing the plug gap may work. Otherwise
checkout this from other contributors:
To start the machine properly you must depress the primer bulb at least 3 times to start the engine. The primer bulb is on the side of the carburetor. It can be black or red. otherwise, the ports in your carburetor could be clogged. Locate your carburetor and find the aluminum bowl underneath. On the bottom of the bowl, you'll find a bolt. Loosen the bolt (gasoline will come out because the bowl is a reservoir for gas, but please make sure you've turned the gas supply off) and remove the bolt and the bowl. Clean any debris out of the bowl. The ports are holes in the bolt you removed. Make sure that air can pass through these holes ( use thin wire, carburettor cleaner, etc.) Reassemble and your machine may run ok.
on May 31, 2014
Honda 5.5 hp stops
Honda had a problem with the gas cap not venting properly, but commonly it will run for several minutes at a time before stopping. 30 seconds sounds like possible fuel delivery problem like a sticking float or dirty carb jet..especially if you have to run it with the choke on. A bad air filter...very dirty, or oil soaked might do this. Check your oil level. Sitting, oil is a little higher level than when running and these motors will not run if the oil level is too low.
on Oct 22, 2012
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