Honda Izy Troubleshooting Guide
22nd March 2011
Honda Izy lawn mowers are really good quality machines. They will give many years of reliable service, but sometimes people don’t read the User Manual and so have problems.
This guide is designed to help you to get your new Honda Izy lawnmower up and running quickly. It addresses the common problems people have when they take delivery of a new Honda Izy lawnmower.
It is not a substitute for the User Manual, more of a pictorial supplement to it.
Step 1: The Correct Fuel and Oil
a) Fill up the petrol tank with normal unleaded petrol.
Note: All Honda lawnmowers have 4-stroke engines which means they run on normal unleaded petrol. There is no need to mix oil with the petrol. But unleaded fuel has a disadvantage too. Because there is no lead in it, it’s chemical structure breaks down very quickly. If you have had the fuel for more than a month it is very likely to cause starting and running problems, so if in doubt, buy some fresh unleaded petrol.
b) Your new Honda Izy will have been delivered with a bottle of Honda Oil. Make sure you put the whole bottle into the oil chamber (see instruction manual for details).
Step 2: HT Lead and Spark Plug
Your new mower will arrive with the HT lead disconnected from the spark plug.
Take hold of the HT lead firmly…
Push it onto the spark plug firmly…
Until it ‘clicks’ into place.
Step 3: Turn the Fuel Tap On
When your mower arrives the fuel tap will be turned off…
Turn it on by rotating it clockwise until it lines up with the fuel pipe…
Your new Honda Izy should now be ready to start.
Step 4: Starting for the First Time
Pull the ‘deadman’s handle’ (has a red STOP symbol on it) up to the handlebar and then pull the starting cord (or turn the key). You may need 2 or 3 pulls. The mower will start and you can get on with mowing the lawn.
Note: If you have a self-propelled Honda Izy, dont pull the orange ‘drive’ lever towards the handlebar whie trying to start it because it will be much harder to start your mower.
In the unlikely event that your mower still doesn’t start, tip it over to one side for 10 seconds with the air filter pointing skyward – see picture below. (The air filter has ‘Auto Choke System‘ written on it).
Whilst tipped up, gently pull the starting cord twice (don’t use enough force to start the engine).
This method works because sometimes when first filled with petrol, air can get trapped in the fuel line and doing this will clear it by gravity feeding fuel into the carburettor.
Having done this, lower the mower back to the ground and start normally (see Step 4 above).
Warning: Do not tip the mower over with the air filter towards the ground (see picture below) as this will cause oil to leak into the air filter, which can cause running problems, poor starting, excessive exhaust emissions and smoke.
Depsite our careful instructions, occasionally delivery drivers tip mowers up the wrong way during transit. This allows the small amount of engine oil left in at the factory to seep into the air filter and contaminate it. This causes running problems, poor starting, excessive exhaust emissions and smoke. We do everything we can to stop this happening, but cannot guarantee it will never happen. If you think it may have happened to your new mower, remove the air filter from its cover and inspect it for oil contamination. (See user manual for instructions). If it is contaminated, please let us know straight away so we can deal with the problem for you.
Air filter cover open (see below)…
The tips above will solve 99% of problems with Honda Izy lawn mowers.
Further reading: How to Make Your Petrol Mower Start First Time.