Fix honda self propelled lawn mower not pulling

Honda Self propelled Lawn Mower not pulling [Troubleshooting]

Honda Self propelled Lawn Mower not pulling?

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Science and technology never solve a problem without raising ten other. Your Honda lawnmower is not an exception in this. This grass cutting machine has reduced the human effort to a great extent. However, it has brought its share of problems along. Honda self-propelled lawnmower, not able to pull is one of them. Not just this, there are few other problems that this lawnmower brings. If you are facing one such issue, and are finding a way to resolve it, then you are in the right place.

In this article, we are going to tell you some of the common issues that this lawnmower encounters and discuss the reasons and solutions keenly. In the end, we will be answering some of the questions that most of you have. So do not miss a line from here. Let’s get started.


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Honda self propelled lawn mower not pulling
  1. Wheels getting locked
    Have you ever looked at the back wheels of your Honda self propelled lawnmower while making a turn? Although we expect the left wheel to rotate while turning right, none of the wheels rotates. This is because of a key that transmits power from the shaft to the driven gear. You can see this gear once if you open the wheel. 

    You can solve this problem by just placing the key upside down. This simple step solves this issue. Even though it doesn’t feel like a big problem, fixing it will help you find the difference before and after; you will surely experience better handling later than the former. 
  2. Honda self-propelled lawnmower not moving/working
    After a period of use, your lawnmower hesitates to move or self-propel. This is a common issue and has multiple causes and thus, multiple solutions. To solve troubleshoot this issue, one needs to follow these steps.


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Honda self propelled lawn mower not pulling

Since the problem here is with the power transmission, we need to check the power transmission parts one by one. If you have been using your lawnmower for a good time now, and feel that your lawnmower is not moving smoothly or is pulling irregularly, then try applying lubricant. This smoothens the power transmission. Else try these steps one by one.

I. Check the drive cable:

First, it is essential to check if the command sent by you is adequately transmitted to your lawnmower. You can check this by checking the drive cable. If you can feel the instant change in sound while operating the drive cable, it is an indication that your drive cable works fine. If not, try fixing your drive cable. Do pour oil into it for smooth functioning.

II. Inspect the drive pulley:

Power from the engine is first transmitted to the drive pulley. Generally drives pulleys are made of durable material. Hence they wear only on long term usage. But as the part of the process check if these drive pulleys is good and make sure it is not worn. In case you find it broken or worn out change it. 

III. Check the v-belt/ honda mower belt:

The next thing on the line is the V-belt or honda mower belt drive that connects the drive pulley to the driven pulley. This belt, working in tension, has a high chance of expanding and this losing the grip. A loose belt would first slip and then will not transmit power as it will lose complete grip on both the drive and the driven pulley.

So if you find this belt loose, do replace it with a new one.

IV. Wheel assembly:

If both the above are fit and sound, then check the wheel assembly. This includes the wheel and the parts necessary to fix it. If any of the wheels are not rotating though the shaft is rotating, then you need to replace the wheels. 

V. Check transmission and transmission Assembly:

Though this should be discussed before the wheel assembly, we are telling it after. It is because this has a very less chance of occurrence. Transmission assembly includes a shaft and the gears. Because of continuous work, shaft and gears may wear out and thus fail to supply power.

If this happens, then you need to change the whole thing. This is the final thing that can cause your Honda self propelled lawnmower to failThere is also a key in between the shaft and the wheel. Check that too and replace if found broken or worn.

So those were the causes, solutions, and troubleshooting tips that one has to follow to repair their Honda self propelled lawnmower. As we have known, loosing of the Honda lawnmower belt is the most common reason for your Honda self propelled lawnmower to stop working. Now let us have a look at the steps that you need to follow while changing the drive belt.


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If it is your first time, to change the Honda lawnmower belt, then follow these steps to do it successfully.

  • Disassemble the grass clipping collector bag from the mower. For safety, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug.
  • Disassemble the belt housing with the help of a screwdriver.
  • Remove the loose or old belt that is on the pulley.
  • Locate the screw on the transmission pulley after removing the belt and rotate the screw anticlockwise. This brings the driver and the driven pulley closer.
  • Now put the new belt on to the pulleys a rotate the screw clockwise. 
  • This tightens the belt and creates sufficient tension.


How do you adjust a Honda self-propelled lawn mower throttle?

The throttle is controlled by a drive cable which connects the handlebar controls to the engine throttle. This can be adjusted by pulling it tight and then fixing it at the throttle body or the handlebar.

How do you adjust a Honda self-propelled lawn mower belt?

As mentioned above, after removing the housing, find the screw on the transmission shaft and rotate it clockwise. This tightens the Honda mower belt and thus adjusts it to the desired tension.

Why is my self-propelled mower not propel?

Many things cause your mower to stop propelling. However, the most common one is the failure of the spark plug. Do check the spark plug and wire and change if found fault.

Can you push a self-propelled lawnmower?

Yes, you can push your self-propelled lawnmower just like you push your bike. It doesn’t damage the transmission in any way.

So this brings us to the end of the article.

From the article, you might have got the necessary information regarding the common problems that occur in Honda self-propelled lawnmower. This is the most selling lawnmower round the clock. Though it has small problems, it’s self-propelling capability is attracting the users and is reducing their effort to a great extent.

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