Any small engine guys? Honda GX 160

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Re: Any small engine guys? Honda GX 160

Post by Redgully » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:20 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:53 pm
Any advantage to a new plug vs. a good brushing to a dirty one ?
Yes, the carbon can burn out of the steel causing poor sparking. Looks great to the eye but under compression it fails.

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Re: Any small engine guys? Honda GX 160

Post by Nesikep » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:45 am

JW IN VA wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:07 pm
I usually forget to turn the gas off on mine but that Honda 160 is a great engine.I have two.One on a mower and the other on a power washer.
My mower has the auto choke that decides when to cut back.It started running rough this year surging as it was mowing along.A little seafoam in the gas and no more surging.Runs like new.
Never use ethanol in any of my small engines.Although my Stihls call for 89 octane,I feel I'm better off with my 87 and no ethanol.
My Jonsered manual (920) calls for 85 or better
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Re: Any small engine guys? Honda GX 160

Post by BigYoung » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:01 am


I've have the same IR/Honda wheelbarrow compressor and it is acting like your unit. I've gone thru the carb and nozzle with same results that you have. Please post up your fix. I guess new fuel line is next for me.

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Re: Any small engine guys? Honda GX 160

Post by Atimm693 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:15 pm

Small engines are set so lean now to meet EPA regulations that even smallest bit of dirt in the carb will prevent them from running well. Many times it just has to be replaced, because they are difficult to clean.

I have a GCV160 on my wood splitter. It's always been cranky, needs to run on 1/2 choke for about 10 minutes until it warms up because it's jetted so lean.

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