How To Start A Honda Lawn Mower
Two common features of your Honda mower will dictate how you start it, Roto-Stop and choke type.
All modern Honda mowers are auto choke, that means that you don't need to fiddle around with any levers to start the engine, but if your mower is a few years old, it may have a manual choke lever.
Which ever type you have, your Honda should start on the first or second pull, assuming of course, everything's in order.
Roto-Stop is a feature on some Honda mowers that allow the operator control engagement of the blades.
It's a fantastic feature that allows you run the engine without running the blade, it's particular useful when moving across paved areas.
Honda mowers that have Roto-Stop, won't have a bail lever, and so you won't need to pull and hold a bail lever to start the mower.
You can easily recognize if your Honda has Roto-Stop, it has a big yellow button at the blade control bail lever.
Honda With Roto-Stop
The yellow button on the bail lever will be obvious.
You don't need to pull and hold any of these bail levers.
These levers control the self drive and the engagement of the cutting blades.
As you know, all modern Honda mowers are auto choke, that basically means you don't have to adjust the throttle lever in order to start the mower.
In fact some Honda models in addition to having an automatic choke, also have a set engine RPM (engine speed), that means they won't have a throttle control lever at all.
Older Honda engines may be fitted with a manual choke lever. That means the operator will need to operate the choke in order to start the engine from cold.
If your mower has Auto choke, it will be badged auto choke on the engine cover or the air filter cover.
If your mower is manual choke, it will have the choke symbol on the throttle lever.
Your Honda may have auto or manual choke and it may or may not have Roto-stop.
Honda Auto Choke
The Auto choke engine is the easiest Honda mower to start.
Just pull and mow.
Honda Manual Choke
Your manual choke lever may look different, but that's not important.
Look for the choke symbol on your throttle control panel.
Set it to full choke, that's all the way up to start a cold engine.
Once the engine is running, move the throttle lever off the choke down to the fast setting (hare symbol).
This is the correct throttle setting for cutting grass.
Generally, restarting a warm engine doesn't require choke.
- Check the oil level
- Check gas level
- Check the gas tap is on
- Check the mower for loose components
- Check the mower for loose components
- Set your wheels to the same height
Check the gas level is OK and that it's not older than a month.
Stale gas will cause hard starting.
Starting Your Honda
You already know the starting procedure is slightly different for mowers with Roto-Stop and auto choke. The different start procedures are set out below.
Your engine should start on the first or second pull, if not check out my complete Honda mower won't start guide.
Starting Honda With Roto-Stop
This is the easiest Honda mower to start.
Simply set the throttle to fast (hare symbol) for auto choke. For mowers with manual choke - set to full choke
Now two good pulls and it should burst into life.
For mowers with manual choke, as soon as the engine starts, move the throttle lever to the fast setting (hare)
If your Honda didn't start, check out Honda mower won't start.
Starting A Honda Without Roto-Stop
Simply set the throttle to fast (hare symbol) for auto choke.
For mowers with manual choke, set it to full choke to start.
Some Honda mowers won't have any throttle levers, the engine has a factory set speed.
The Bail lever is the engine on/off control, it must be pulled and held in order to start and keep the engine running.
Pull and hold the bail lever with your left hand, this frees up your right hand for pull staring the engine.
Two good pulls usually does the job.
If it takes more than that, it's likely you have a fueling fault.
What Is The Purpose Of A Choke On A Lawn Mower?
Can You Flood Your Mower?
Gumming is a carburetor killer.
The gas chemicals breaking down and clogging up the Carburetor.
How do you start a lawnmower after sitting all winter? Old gas sitting in a mower all winter can cause gumming. A mower should get a tune-up at the start of every season.
- Drain the gas tank and carburetor gas bowl
- Clean / replace the air filter
- Clean / replace the spark plug
- Fill the gas tank with fresh gas
- Turn on fuel valve
- Check / change oil
- Pull start the engine
Does gas go bad lawn mower? Yes, your lawn mower gas (ethanol blend) will begin to go stale after just one month and regular gas after three months. To prevent problems caused by bad gas, use a gas stabilizer before storing your lawn mower.