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1 year old Honda GX390 engine , pull starter chord stuck


mike-71

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Hi guys ,

can any one help , my Honda engine has been stuck outside in the metal garage we have , but not been used since the summer.

ive got it out today to start her up but the chords stuck, was working fine prior to storage in the summer. It’s a year old and hasn’t been hammered at all. 
Anyone have any ideas what may be causing this?

 

thanks in Advance,

mike 

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The starter mechanism sounds like it’s seized take out the three bolts on the pull cord housing and see if it will pull off the machine , give the  area around the centre spindle a spray with WD40 or similar and cheap it’s free running , or take the spark plug out and try pulling it then but don’t go mad and snap the cord 

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Hi pjj

Thanks for the reply 🙂 I brought the machine in where it’s warm and lo and behold after an hour it’s started to move a little more , so I’m guessing it had frozen?? Really stupid question here so don’t laugh lol but should I be using anti freeze in the engines?

Cheers 

Mike 

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Just now, mike-71 said:

Hi pjj

Thanks for the reply 🙂 I brought the machine in where it’s warm and lo and behold after an hour it’s started to move a little more , so I’m guessing it had frozen?? Really stupid question here so don’t laugh lol but should I be using anti freeze in the engines?

Cheers 

Mike 

No anti freeze it’s an air cooled engine not water cooled , there is no water jacket around the smaller Honda engines .

Sounds like there might have been water frozen on the pull cord or something, I would give the area a spray with WD40 just to give it a bit of lubrication , glad it seams to be ok 

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Always make sure that the pump is empty of water , Ime assuming it’s a pressure washer ???? If not if the pump freezes it can crack the housing that’s an expensive fix 

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Thank you as always for your help pjj 🙂  Yes I always make sure the pump is emptied of water in the pressure washer 

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scottish cleaning service
4 minutes ago, mike-71 said:

Thank you as always for your help pjj 🙂  Yes I always make sure the pump is emptied of water in the pressure washer 

Aye or bolts will shear. I'm going to empty most of my tank today because its minus for about a week up here.

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49 minutes ago, scottish cleaning service said:

Aye or bolts will shear. I'm going to empty most of my tank today because its minus for about a week up here.

Aye it’s same here mate , absolutely Baltic 😬

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4 hours ago, mike-71 said:

Hi guys ,

can any one help , my Honda engine has been stuck outside in the metal garage we have , but not been used since the summer.

ive got it out today to start her up but the chords stuck, was working fine prior to storage in the summer. It’s a year old and hasn’t been hammered at all. 
Anyone have any ideas what may be causing this?

 

thanks in Advance,

mike 

Most likely the release fingers are worn. Get a complete new complete recoil cassette assembly and grab a spare. They don't last forever and they are high wear parts 

 

Genuine OEM £49.00

Aftermarket upwards of £25 

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3 hours ago, Apw1210 said:

Most likely the release fingers are worn. Get a complete new complete recoil cassette assembly and grab a spare. They don't last forever and they are high wear parts 

 

Genuine OEM £49.00

Aftermarket upwards of £25 

His is only a year old and not had much use , shouldn’t need replacing fir years I still have a 15 year old gx390 in my garage and the pull start cord and mechanism is the original 

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6 hours ago, mike-71 said:

Hi guys ,

can any one help , my Honda engine has been stuck outside in the metal garage we have , but not been used since the summer.

ive got it out today to start her up but the chords stuck, was working fine prior to storage in the summer. It’s a year old and hasn’t been hammered at all. 
Anyone have any ideas what may be causing this?

 

thanks in Advance,

mike 

Simple question ? Are you releasing the pump pressure buy opening the valve or opening the lance trigger when starting every time? 

 

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15 minutes ago, Apw1210 said:

Simple question ? Are you releasing the pump pressure buy opening the valve or opening the lance trigger when starting every time? 

To be honest , every time i finish a job , I just release the pressure via the trigger . And when I start it up it usually starts first time but I do believe it had seized with the cold 

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