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honda hrx 217 only runs about 15-20secs then dies

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by subs1000w, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. subs1000w

    subs1000w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    its one of my customers mowers and its probobly not been used in a year so far ive drained the old gas and filled with fresh ive also taken the carb apart and cleaned it but it was already clean it starts right up on the first pull it has a blade clutch that you have to engage "lightly" so the engine doesnt die this could also be part of the problem but once you get it engaged and start mowing its fine for about 20 sec then it sputters and dies and also backfires enough to blow the airfilter and cover about 2 feet from the mower ive also tryed lossening the gas cap incase it was clogged but it didnt help any suggestions would be good ive never come across this problem where i cant fix it
  2. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Is the fuel shut off valve fully open?
  3. subs1000w

    subs1000w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    yes it is and when i took the flowt bowl off whith the fuel line still hooked up it pored threw the carb fast and the flowt shut it off fine its a wierd problem ive fixed problems like this before but cant figure this one out
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    is the muffler clogged up id look there first

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