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Lawn leaf vacuum. Has Honda 160 engine. Pull rope is very tight and takes lots of strength to pull. Is there a way to loosen up on pull or does this point to an engine proble It will start though.
Honda engines usually start easily.
If the engine starts and runs smoothly the problem is probably with the recoil starter - some designs can accumulate wear and detritus that can cause considerable friction and sometimes need taking apart for examination, cleaning and lubricating. Any worn parts should be replaced and pay particular attention to the ferrule the rope passes through and if worn should be replaced.
The recoil spring can become gummy also adding to the force needed for starting. Removing it very carefully (because they can easily fly and bite) and wash it in a little petrol or similar and dry it thoroughly.
Lubricating the spring is a sort of damned if you do and damned if you don't situation - lubricating the spring reduces friction and helps stop corrosion but does trap more dust and grit.
Light machine oil is good but a little dry colloidal graphite is better. I find a silicone spray is satisfactory, though repeat spraying is needed regularly including the rope...
on Jun 23, 2020
Drive wheels lock up when pull mower back
Here is what's going on. I cleaned the wheel "dogs" or whatever you call them multiple times. This DID NOT fix the problem. Look at the cable that engages the forward movement (self-propel function). If there is any slack in the cable near the handle, then there is retained tension at the transaxle. Not enough to move the mower forward, but enough to keep the wheel from freely rotating backwards. I tipped my HRX217 on it's side and located where this cable engages the drive box. Lubricate the heck out of it and coerce it to move with needle nose pliers. After thorough cleaning and lubricating both ends of the cable, I am now able to move the mower backwards without lock-up. Hope this helps someone, as I found nowhere on the internet that this is what REALLY fixes this
on Sep 13, 2019
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