Honda Harmony 215 - engine speed issue after repairs
Well, after having the old HR215 in the repair shop for seven and a half weeks, I got it back last weekend. Rain kept me from using it this week, but I hauled it out today, hoping for great things. They'd needed to grind off and replace the blade holder, which was part of my delay, and then had problems (per the owner) with the governor not wanting to hold a correct speed. After putting the mower together following its gasket replacement, the mechanic had to take it all apart again to adjust the governor because it kept "going too fast".
Okay - so I found that it doesn't leak oil anymore, mulches wonderfully as always, and the self-propel feature was fixed by simply putting on a missing spring (all good news), but the bad news is - the mower now has only ONE speed: slow.
As in, achingly slow.
There doesn't seem to be any response when I play with the throttle toggle lever, no high speed (Rabbit) whatsoever. The low (Turtle) speed is almost low enough to have it stall out. It mows if I push it, at what sounds like a slow idle, but if I engage the self-propel, that's enough of a drag on the engine to make it sound like it'll conk out.
There is no extra power like I was used to having. The low-speed rpms are slower than it was originally.
It's like having a mower on Xanax.
My first thought is to call the shop back Monday and have them fix it right away, but thought I'd ask - does this sound like a throttle issue, or the governor, since they delayed getting it back to me over whatever problems they had with it, looking for a middle spot to set it. Was the two-speed throttle overlooked, and they tried to set the mower speed as if it had only one? Are Honda governors apt to get messed up once you've torn down the mower to do gasket replacements? He did clean out the carb for me, said it was slightly gummed up but was fine otherwise.
I want to be polite, but after two months without my mower, I DO want it running the way it was originally set up to be when it was sold new. Would it be reasonable to ask them to check with a local Honda mower dealership on how best to get the proper engine speed settings?