Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Honda EU200i Generator

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I have a Honda EU2000i Generator with a GX100 sereies engine.  frame # EAAJ-2427788.  The generator was a hard start after it sat with the gas in too long (2.5 months) without being started and run.  It did have stabil in the gas.  While I'm no expert, I do have mechanical ability.  I took the carb apart to clean it and when I put it back together I had a small 1/4 long spring left over (like a ball point pen spring only wider and smaller in length) that I didn't remove.  I assume it fell out of the carb from somewhere.  I tried to find a schematic on the carb but had trouble.  I don't remember a spring being on the throttle return or as a tentioner somewhere else, but again I think it fell out before I got a good look.  I thought maybe on the drain screw at the bottom of the bowl?  Any ideas.
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Bruce

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Some use a spring to hold the choke shaft in place so it does open and close on its own.

Look around the choke shaft and see if there is hole in that area for a spring to fit.

Look at this video and pay attention to the choke shaft...you will see a spring sticking up holding the choke shaft.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvKOeRZfdN0

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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.

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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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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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