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 11-18-2006, 14:27 Post: 137076
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So after the problems starting the Honda GX270 engine on my pressure washer I decided to give them another chance and bought a log splitter with a Honda GX240 engine. Now it won't start, not even a hit of ignition. I must have pulled that rope 200 times. And, yes, there is fresh gas in the tank and the ignition is switched to ON. Do these pieces of crap EVER start reliably? I'm about ready to drive them both to the dump and replace them with Briggs. I've never, ever had problems starting those.

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 11-18-2006, 16:41 Post: 137077
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Have you checked the fuel shut off lever?

The Hondas have the reputation for being about the easiest starting engine in the world, I guess that is why you gave them a second chance.

Since they are so fast starting, it is very possible to flood them. I have a Honda powered log splitter (8HP GX240), same manual as yours. I also have a Honda Powered power washer.

The only time I have had a porblem is through my own error. I tried to start it with the ignition switch off, this of course led to flooding the engine. And many pulls, and fiddling with what throttle setting would give it enough air.

Since I have been paying attention better, I have had zero issues.

Too bad you seem to have the atypical case.

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Yes, the fuel shutoff lever is turned on. I even got out the owners manual and followed it step-by-step. It just won't start. I thought it might have flooded so let it set for a couple of hours but no go. Perhaps the ignition module went out. I changed the oil, air cleaner and spark plug a month ago and it ran like a top afterwards but now it's dead. Anyone have any troubleshooting tips for Honda small engines that won't start?






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 11-18-2006, 17:14 Post: 137081
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Did you pull the spark plug to see if it is fouled? I spent about an hour this morning rasslin' with my Honda 250 Recon that would not start. I pulled the plugged and it was soot black and totally fouled. I sand blasted the plug, installed it and it started on the first lick.






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The spark plug was brand new the last time I used it. But it's worth pulling and checking. Ha, another Honda that wouldn't start! I was thinking of getting an ATV and Kawasaki is looking mighty good right now.






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 11-18-2006, 18:06 Post: 137084
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The plug on the Recon 250 was near new but the ATV sat for a few months and it fouled when I tried to start it. Once the plug is fouled, it will not start.






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Almost for got to mention the ATV comment. Unless you like belt drive with no gears, go with the Honda's. I prefer to have 5 gears to choose from. Just don't like the IVT belt drive that Kawasaki and Yamaha have. Suzuki makes a pretty nice ATV too. If you are looking for an all round utility ATV to get work done, the Polaris Ranger XP is tough to beat.






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Sorry, but we are talking about the most simplistic of engines...a one cylinder gasoline engine! Got spark...good, got fuel...good, got compression...good. Fresh gas, good... pull, swich/valves "on", presto...running engine...the Wright Bothers would be proud of you!!! Your BIO says "all things mechanical"! (Friendly Canadian losing at this point in frustration!).






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I don't enjoy having to fix a piece of equipment every time there's work to do. And with me and Honda engines that's the way it's been. I get them working and a month later they won't start. The ignition is dead (no spark). And just for you I'll edit my profile Smile






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Ken,

I don't remember if you posted this as to how you got this splitter, I know you were looking at I think a used Swisher awhile back.

Is this a new machine or a used one that has the problem?






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