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#1 robdog09 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 29, 2014 - 11:43 AM

See YT video below. My Honda power (which is great, btw), has this weird idle problem. When I get blade going, it runs fine, but when its idling, seems to have this problem.

 

If its nothing to worry about, thats great, but curious if this is evidence of a larger issue.

 

any thoughts?

 

(Sorry, dropped the phone for a second in the video)

 



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Posted September 29, 2014 - 12:15 PM

It probably has a small piece of crud in the jet.  Those Honda carbs are tricky - the orifices in the carb are tiny and plug easily.  I'd run some Seafoam in the gas and see if it takes care of the blockage. 

 

 

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"Crud" is a very scientific term used to describe dirt, rust, grass, leaf, gasket material, or other foreign debris that can contaminate your fuel supply.  :wave:


Edited by Gtractor, September 29, 2014 - 12:26 PM.

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Posted September 29, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Yep..trash in the carb.



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Posted September 29, 2014 - 01:37 PM

Yup what they said


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 04:19 PM

Great, easy fix. I just bought on amazon. Will let you know how it goes.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 04:54 PM

10.99 for a can will fix all your problems for a can of seafoam put some in the gas and dribble some in the carb till it smokes a bunch


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 08:05 PM

Seafoam will clean Very little of the dirt out of the carb.More than likely you will have to take the carb off and Manually clean it and spray Carb cleaner through all of the Jets.

 

 

Still don't know why people use that stuff on small engines.2 small nuts to take the carb off and take the float bowl off and a $4 can of Carb cleaner is all you need.

 

Could have water laying in the bottom of the float bowl.Seafoam will not get rid of all the water.

 

 

Seafoam contains several different Oils,naphtha and isopropyl alcohol.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 08:47 PM

New Honda carburetors are pretty cheap, too.  I usually have not cleaned a Honda carb in the past.  By the time I do that, it is just as simple to bolt on a nice new one and wave goodbye. 

 

If you want a new one, let me know. 

 

"Crud" is a very scientific term used to describe dirt, rust, grass, leaf, gasket material, or other foreign debris that can contaminate your fuel supply.  :wave:

 

That should be in the glossary of GTTalk.  :thumbs: :thumbs:

 

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Posted October 03, 2014 - 12:07 PM

If you have a site that I can buy a new carb for cheap, pls send it over. Ill try the Seafoam and see what happens, but agree i rather buy a new carb than repair an existing one. Been down that path with a power washer and taking it apart 10 times, with no fix. Ended up replacing the carb for $40 and it runs great.



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Posted October 04, 2014 - 09:45 AM

That didn't seem to work. Dumped about 8 oz in the tank, ran it for a good 10-15 mins. It seemed to idle harder and higher, but still the same thing that is seen in the video i originally posted. Any other ideas? 

 

maybe next step ill clean the carb, or if @superaben has that link for cheap carbs.



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Posted October 14, 2014 - 08:14 AM

Took the carb apart, cleaned it, and show compressed air through all the holes and passages. Still no dice.

 

Any other ideas? Any chance a cracked gasket could be causing this? They looked pretty old.



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Posted October 14, 2014 - 08:16 AM

You may have a leaky gasket on the intake.  



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Posted October 19, 2014 - 06:34 PM

replaced the carb. Works great now!






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