36 thoughts on “Honda HRX 217 Carb Repair

  1. Thanks for posting this Gene. Watching this vid along with another similar YouTube post, it gave me enough confidence to give it a go myself and that's all I really needed because it was a relatively simple task after watching this. I inherited I non running Honda mower that hadn't been running for 2 years and after pulling the carb out, giving it a good clean and doing the jets (yes I used a bred tie)…replacing the spark plug, petrol and oil, she started up like a new machine and is running beautifully. Cheers from Australia!

  2. Old bad gas causes problems. When storing gas or a vehicle it is important to use it up yearly if you added Stabil or Seafoam to it when you filled up. It is easier to run the vehicle out of fuel and put fresh in yearly than deal with the problems that bad fuel causes.  Most small engine problems are due to gas going bad and not because of ethanol. Small engines have ALWAYS had problems with stale fuel gumming up the carburetor when left in for long periods of time.
    When a small engine like a lawn mower, leaf blower, chain saw, is being put up for the winter run it out of fuel before putting it away.  In the spring when filling your gas can for the first time add some Sta-Bil or Seafoam to the gas to extend its life. Gas generally starts to go bad after 30 -60 days. By adding the fuel stabilizer it will extend its life. 

  3. Re-installing the carb and getting everything lined up is lots of fun, right? Been there, done that. There's a trick to making the job a little easier. Take a 6 mm threaded rod and create two homemade studs about 3 1/2 inches long. As soon as you've removed one of the carb mounting bolts, thread one of your studs into place and hand tighten. Repeat this step for the remaining bolt. Then, remove the air filter housing, the carb and the associated gaskets and spacers. During the installation process the studs will keep everything in place. All you need to do after that is exert a little pressure against the air filter housing, remove one of the studs and thread in one of the bolts. Repeat for the other bolt and there you have it.

  4. This is good video.
    I did clean the carb but it still is not working.
    What am I supposed to do next ?
    The carb and air filter were pretty clean.

  5. Great video, guided me through this carb repair. One little problem however, the nipple/hole to which the hose is connected is blocked, and I am not sure if that is intended or the plastic has melted a bit and has blocked up the hole on mine?

  6. Great video.  Well done.  Thank you!

    I did this and the mower started right up (with fresh gas).  But now it pulses (fast and slow) at idle.  It does fine once the blade and transmission are engaged.  I was careful and I don't think I stretched any springs.  If is did, could that be the cause?  What else?  Is there a way to adjust that pulsing out?

  7. Choke mechanism is a bit different on the newer models but maintenance is essentially the same. Mower wouldn't start and run (revving and dying) but 20 minutes and a piece of wire to clean the jets got it sorted.  Took the opportunity to change the oil and plug too.

    Thank you very much for the video. 


  8. Thank you for the fine video. I have been looking for hours to find a youtube post that would show the linkage connections for the throttle and choke to the carborator and yours finally covered the correct vintage model and adequate detail. All the other videos seem to have either a different type of choke connection or didn't provide any clear view.

  9. Unfortunately I don't have a shop (with air hoses, etc), but I bought a complete Carburator on Amazon for $15 (shipping included), so I used this video for the "R & R."

  10. GENE:  I want to thank you for your video.  I am an office worker, not a small engine mechanic.  But since "there was no way to do it wrong" I tackled replacing my carb on my honda lawnmower, the exactly same one you show in your video.  After I put that new carb on my mower, it would not start right when it was cold.  I had to crank and crank and after I was dripping sweat, it would finally start.  I knew I did not do anything wrong like gum up the new carb because of not cleaning out the tank before replacing the carb (not that stupid) so I was confident it was something else.

    What saved me:  you stopped and  belabored the point about which hole to put the choke linkage into.  There are two holes, and I put it in the wrong one the first time and the mower was not choking AT ALL when I went to crank it.  My pulling 100 times warmed the motor up enough to eventually crank.

    My one suggestion:  someone should talk about the parts of the carb, the adjustment screws, the two hinged gates inside the barrel of the carb, the logic of how this thing works.  But thanks for saving me and making me wonder if I put that linkage in the wrong hole!  My mower starts first crank every time  now!!!!!

  11. Hi Gene, followed your video instructions and I was able to restore my Honda carby and perform maintenance on it. Great tutorial. Thank you.   Steve

  12. I have inherited a HRX 217 & after "playing" with it have got it to start with Berrymans aerosol, but will not pick up fuel.  Will run perfectly as long as I spray a' shot' of stuff in it as it starts to die.  Before I dive into the carb rebuild, do you have any other suggestions…Thanks,  Johnny

  13. Just bought HRR model starts fine one pull but , the idles sounds a bit weird up and down sound . not so much but I can tell by hearing it . after running for awhile it goes away. Bad gas ? Bad carb . I Already Replaced plugs and filter . Any idea

  14. sir, thank you for this professional and educational video. My hint would be to make a complete troubleshooting set for this mower – fuel filter, idle valve etc. How to troubleshoot it a-z. thank you!

  15. Thanks for the speedy response, Rick. I understand better what you are talking about. If the studs are keeping things in line; then, can you use a thin wire like a laundry hanger wire to keep everything in line? I'm trying to visualize what you are talking about before I start this process.

    Also, as you take out the carburetor don't you have to take both studs out to disconnect the spring?

    Lastly, for both Rick and Gene can clogged jets cause the mower to start fine but surging or pulsate only while idling but works fine when the blades are engaged during cutting grass?

    Thanks again.

  16. Thank you SO MUCH for making this video. This helped me immeasurably in my efforts to bring one of these back to life. I've never done this sort of thing before, and your video was so clear, specific, and insightful, that it was a breeze. Thank you thank you thank you.

  17. Great video Gene, thanks for the help and time you spent on it. My Honda HRX217 won't cold start with one pull as it used to but runs fine once I inject a shot of carb starter fuel into the carb. Is this a linkage problem or dirty lines or carb? Thanks.

  18. Great video bro, but you should have talked about the little tricks you have to use to get the jets out, that is the hardest part.

  19. Well I've researched for the last 8 months trying to figure this thing out had it apart 4 to 5 times and it still pulses and now stops after running for about 30 minutes cutting my lawn. did I mention frustrated. I replaced the thermal choke unit as well and still the same thing. bummed out.

  20. I have a honda hrx217. I need to start it in the morning with a little of starting fluid. Then it runs good all day. I thought had watched your video and cleaned the jets with the bread tie etc… Two days later I needed to start it up with starting fulid again. Any ideas?? Thanks

  21. Another dead Honda video. Lots of these same type videos on here.
    Thought Honda's were good mowers. No trouble with any of my Snappers.

  22. Nice video . Just one thing to make life easy the ten mm that holds the springs brackets etc if you slack it off , more room and play to get it all together

  23. Thank you for this video it fixed my 6 month old mower ! was going to bring it for a repair but decided to rebuild and worked like a charm.

  24. Very helpful, thanks. I have the same unit; I left it sitting for almost a year with almost no put-away maintenance… Not surprisingly it wouldn't start today. It starts briefly with starter fluid sprayed into the carb, but dies almost immediately. Figured the gas had gone bad so I changed and replaced it. No luck. I am thinking the carb is clogged? Flows fine upstream of the shut-off valve. What I'd like to know is if it's just cheaper to replace the whole unit? Amazon appears to have OEM for $40. What do you think?

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