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'r 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? The problem is 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 solving the most likely cause, adjusting the drive cable.
Self Drive Types
Whichever type you have, the cable will be adjustable.
Adjusting The Drive Cable
For safety, lets remove the plug wire and turn off the gas.
Turn the mower over with the carburettor side facing up, stops gas leaking on the floor.
Adjusting The Honda Smart Drive
The Smart Drive self propel system has an adjuster built into the cable and it's located half way down the left hand handlebar.
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 dialled 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
A worn belt will cause self drive to be slow.
Drive Axle Might Be Worn
Wear out on older mowers and cause the drive to slip.
Transmission Might Be Worn
Honda transmissions are pretty good, they rarely fail.
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.