Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/small engine won't start


Hello Eric.

My power washer with a 2008 Honda GX-200 engine is a Hurricane Sandy casualty.  Totally underwater.  I drained the tank and removed the carburetor and sprayed cleaner thru it.  There is compression. There seems to be spark but wonder if it is adequate as the engine won't even fire on starting fluid.  What could the flood water have wiped out?

Thanks for your time.


Did you drain and re-fill the engine oil?  I would start with a new spark plug and try the starting fluid again.  It could be a sticking intake valve as I have seen this on some of the Honda engines.  You can take the valve cover off and check the intake valve.  You can try spraying some carb cleaner on the intake valve stem and pull the string over to actuate the valve to help clean the valve stem.  Make sure the spark plug is out so you can pull the string easy.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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