Honda Lawn Mower Self Propelled Slow
There's nothing more frustrating than a slow internet connection, but having to push a slow self drive mower is a close second - DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!
So it ends now, today we're going to fix it and it will pull as good as the day you bought it.
So what's the problem with a Honda lawn mower that moves slowly? A slow moving Honda mower is commonly caused by a slack drive cable, adjusting the tension will fix it.
Other possible causes include:
- Drive belt loose
- Drive belt worn
- Worn drive axle
- Worn out transmission
Don't concern yourself with these other possible causes just yet, they are less likely. We'll get straight to the most likely cause, adjusting drive cable tension.
Self Drive Types
Adjusting The Drive Cable
For safety, lets remove the plug wire and turn off the gas.
Turn the mower over with the carburetor side facing up, stops gas leaking on the floor.
Adjusting The Honda Smart Drive
First open the lock nut, you'll need two open ended 10mm or 3/8s, or adjustable wrenches.
Screw the long adjusting nut anticlockwise - this takes the slack out of the cable and gives you more drive power.
If you over adjust it, you'll find pulling the mower backwards difficult. So just back it off until you find the sweet spot.
Tighten up the lock nut, when your done with the adjusting, this keeps it dialed in.
Adjusting The Hrx
- Set speed to high
- Loosen lock nut
- Pull cable
- Tighten lock nut
- Test reverse
- Readjust if necessary
Drive Belt Might Be Loose
Belt should deflect by no more than 1/2 inch, more will cause the belt to slip and result in a slow drive.
A worn or incorrect belt size will cause self drive to be slow.
Drive Axle Might Be Worn
Honda transmission and axle combo known as trans-axle.
Transmission Might Be Worn
How do you adjust the throttle on a Honda lawn mower? The throttle is controlled by a cable. The cable can be adjusted at the rear of the throttle housing on the handlebars, also on the engine where the cable meets the throttle linkage.
Honda lawn mower rear wheels locked up? If the drive cable is over adjusted the rear wheels will lock when pulled backwards. Release some tension on the adjuster, it's located half way down the left handlebar.