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Honda GX340 ran great, now it won't start

I borrowed this from a friend and it was running great for my father, he shut it off by closing the choke. Later on I used it and shut it off using the on/off switch and now it will not restart. It does not seem to be getting spark. Any suggestions?

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SOURCE: I have a 13 HP Honda that won`t run unless choke

You most likely need to set your valve clearances. If it is hard to pull over or the recoil snaps back after starting your valves need to be set for sure. This may not be the entire problem but it is a good start. Also change the spark plug, a bad plug will cause odd problems and is too cheap not to eliminate as a source. In addition check your fuel, pour a little out into a white container (I like spray paint can caps for this) and look at the color. If it is yellow to orange it is bad. You can pour it into you car, the car electronic sensors will compinsate for it quality but a small engine can't. Use a NGK BP6ES or BPR6ES plug.
You need:
Feeler gages
10mm open end wrench
14mm open end wrench
1 long shaft screw driver or rod
1 spark plug socket and ratchet

Remove the spark plug and the valve cover. Pull the recoil over slowly until the intake valve opens (intake is closes to the carb and it will go down when it opens). Now put your long screwdrive down the spark plug hole. Slow pull the engine over until the screwdriver handle is at it highest point, this is top dead center. It may take a few attempts. Now check your valve clearance between the rockers and the top of the valve. The intake should be .006 and the exhaust .008, both can be +/- .001. To adjust: hold the large nut with the 14mm then loosen the small one with the 10mm. Lefty loosey. Now turn your large nut until you get the correct setting and then tighten the small one the lock it in. It may take a few attempts and alway reverify your setting after you lock it down. Once done, find top dead center again and reverify. Now your valves are set.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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Is there an oil sensor unit if it is going bad it tells the engine the oil low and engine wont start. I had same problem with my pressure washer, i just unplugged the sensor unit and it started fine ever since

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Honda GX340 11 Hp ..Runs fine until it gets hot , Cuts off and

FIRST...check the engine oil level. Some Honda engines have an oil sensor that shuts off the spark if the oil is low. This would also explain it shutting down when it get hot. Check the manual to see how to tell if the oil level is correct. Also, the oil should be brown and transparent, not black. It may need changing. Post again if this doesn't help :-)

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Honda GX340 11 Hp ..Runs fine until it gets hot , Cuts off and

Have you checked the oil level?

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Karcher pressure washer with Honda GC160 engine only runs on chok

You need to remove the carb bowl, then with a small flat screwdriver remove the jet. ( on the side, at the bottom of stem.) take a small wire or toothpick and clean the gunk out of the jet, reassemble and open fuel valve, start, and pat yourself on your back.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

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