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Honda hydrostatic 1211 starting problems

Mower will not start after tilting over to free rotor cutter blade- some oil has leaked out. Help please! Could the spark plug have got wet?

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Very possible that the valve is stuck open and piston could have hit valve causing it to bend at the head. This would cause valve not to close completely. Would have to remove head and remove valve and most likely replace intake valve.

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it should hold hydralic fluid there should be a resirvour somewhere on the back along with the pump you should be able to check the level there and if you don't get the leak stopped it will lock up the whole drive system.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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Make sure that when you check the oil that the mower has sat I say for at least 5mins. Your mower might have an oil sencer. If not I think it might be the coil gettin hot and shorting out.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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Make sure the air filter is not plugged with oil. Remove the spark plug (gapped 0.020") and check for spark--it should be blue and snappy. Squirt some fuel or starting fluid in the plug hole and try for start. If it pops several times, check the carburetor and fuel supply. There is likely to be considerable smoke when it does start, but that will quit. Hope this helps!

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

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There is gas smell in the carburetor because the engine is not starting and carburetor is flooding.

As first thing ensure that there is spark, pull the spark plug wire and put the end near to engine block while cranking. You will see the spark. If there is no spark, check distribution coil and wires.

If there is spark, check if there is fuel pressure, if there is smell from carb, then the fuel pressure should be Ok.
Once you are sure that the pump is doing its job, and that there is pressure, check the carburetor settings. The mixture is probably too rich or too lean, and for that reason it is not igniting.
If it is not a matter of carburetor settings, then the carb must be taken apart to check carburetor filter.

To get parts and diagrams see: Outdoor Distributors - Lawn Mower Parts

Posted on Sep 26, 2010

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