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Honda GCV 160 won't start

Posted by freedomeagle 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 20, 12 at 22:11

I have a relatively new (less than 20 hours) Troy 27 ton logsplitter powered by a Honda GCV 160. I bought this new last year and it ran like a top all season. At the end of the season, I drained out all the gas.

Today, I put new gas in and tried to start it. It just simply won't start. At first, I thought it was fuel related but then I recalled it behaves like and outboard motor does when the kill switch is not functioning. In other words, it doesn't act like its sparking.

So I went to the hardware store and bought a new plug. Still won't start. I am pretty sure it is getting fuel into the carb because you can smell gas when you pull off the air filter.

I have tried various positions on the choke and it just won't turn over. Might there be some sort of kill switch somewhere I am missing? If not, any suggestions on what it could be? Its still under warranty so I could take it back but if its something simple, I would just as soon fix it. Taking it back in is such a PITA.

Thanks to all in advance for your responses.


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RE: Honda GCV 160 won't start

You need to check for spark, not just assume you do or don't have it.

Of course, we could start "assuming" and spend weeks dealing with the issue.


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RE: Honda GCV 160 won't start

Good morning Bill and thanks for the advice.

I just checked and have a good spark.


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RE: Honda GCV 160 won't start

It sounds as though old fuel in the carb bowl, or partially clogged emulsion tube in the stem of the carb. Valves can easily stick on these when they sit. If you spray a burst of carb spray into the throat of the carb- will it try to run when cranked?


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RE: Honda GCV 160 won't start

I'm not the original poster but have a log splitter with the same issue and same engine. I'm getting spark and I've drained the fuel tank and put in new fuel. If I spray some starter fluid in to the throat of the carb, the engine runs for just a second.

Bowl of the carb is full of fresh fuel. Removed the carb and tried to clean it with carb cleaner- removed the float and needle valve and spayed and can see fuel going through the needle valve hole to the fuel supply line.

Put all back together and still won't start.


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RE: Honda GCV 160 won't start

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 6, 13 at 13:29

If the engine will run for a few seconds using carb cleaner sprayed into the throat of the carburetor, you have proven that the ignition and valves are working OK, and that the fuel system is the source of the problem. There has to be a clog or restriction in the fuel circuit somewhere, despite what has been done to clean the carburetor.


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