Honda HR-214 Lossing Power

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by TimmyK, May 24, 2004.

  1. TimmyK

    TimmyK LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I have an older Honda self-propelled mower, HR-214. It starts
    great and runs well most of the time. However, often when
    I run over some bumpy terrain (like off the grass onto the
    street, for example) the mower losses power. It goes
    Ver-room, Ver-room, Ver-room, and sometimes then dies,
    sometimes goes back to full power. I changed the plug,
    cleaned the air and fuel filter, tried fresh gas, but it still
    does it. Only happens when I either shake the machine
    or it hits some bumps. Any idea what would cause this
    and how to fix it? Appreciate any help...

    Tim
     
  2. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,098

    First thing is the Honda HR-214 has a bad habit of the throttle cable slipping. Honda carbs at very touchy. You may have carb problems."Only happens when I either shake the machine
    or it hits some bumps." Sounds like the float maybe sticking and you have a fuel flow problem because of it. You could have water inb the carb bowl also. Try draining the carb bowl. There is a screw on SIDE/BOTTOM of the bowl just for this.
     
  3. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 373

    I would check the carb too. Take the bowl off and look for water or crap in the bowl. Could be a loose plug wire. Trace it back and make sure it is attached tightly.
     
  4. TimmyK

    TimmyK LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    Well, thanks for the advice guys! It looks like it was
    indeed a sticking float valve. I drained the float
    chamber first, and that didn't fix the problem. I
    then took it apart, cleaned it, and the mower
    instantly had more power, and didn't hesitate or
    loss power all day! Its like a new machine!
     

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