One way to maintain optimal performance of your Honda mower is to periodically adjust the cables. There are three different cables that you can adjust to keep the mower at peak performance. If you are not comfortable with making the adjustments yourself, you can take the mower to a Honda authorized service shop. However, these adjustments only require a few measurements, and each cable adjusts in the same manner.
Blade Control Lever Adjustment
Push down on the button on the blade control lever. The button is on the left of the lever. Measure the free play in the lever with a tape measure. The free play is distance you do not feel any resistance when pushing in on the handle. The optimal play is 3/8-inch to 9/16-inch.
Locate the blade control adjuster cable along the left side of the handle. It will be the outermost cable. Loosen the two adjusting nuts with a 10mm wrench.
Move the adjuster up or down as necessary, then tighten the two adjustment nuts.
Start the Honda mower and move the throttle to the fast position. Push the blade control lever forward, and the blades should engage. Let go of the blade lever control, and the blades should stop rotating. If the blades do not respond correctly after you adjust the control lever, take the mower to a Honda authorized service center.
Drive Clutch Cable Adjustment
Position the top control cable band 14 inches from the handle locking knob. Position the lower control cable band 3½-inches from the knob. Place the shift lever in the neutral position.
Start the Honda mower and move the throttle lever to the fast position. Engage the drive clutch lever and observe the operation of the mower. If the mower does not self propel or self propels very slowly when you move the shift lever up one notch, drive clutch cable adjustment is not necessary. If the mower does not react as described, you will need to make the adjustment.
Loosen the top and bottom lock nuts on the clutch cable. Move the cable up or down as necessary and retighten the lock nuts. Test the adjustment and continue making adjustments as necessary.
Throttle Cable Adjustment
Move the throttle lever to the fast position. Remove the air cleaner cover from the mower. Locate the control choke arm and the control lever by the small spring near the carburetor.
Measure the distance between the choke arm and control lever with a feeler gauge. The clearance should be 0 to .04 inches. If this is not the case, you will need to adjust the throttle cable.
Loosen the lock nuts for the throttle cable with the 10mm wrench. Move the cable up or down as necessary and retighten the lock nuts. Recheck the clearance with the feeler gauge.
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