Honda HR-214 Lossing Power

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

  1. TimmyK

    TimmyK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 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...

  2. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 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
    Messages: 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
    Messages: 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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