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Honda GCV160 Owner's Manual

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INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing a Honda engine. We want to help you get
the best results from your new engine and operate it safely. This
manual contains information on how to do that; please read it carefully
before operating the engine. If a problem should arise, or if you have
any questions about your engine, consult an authorized Honda
servicing dealer.
All information in this publication is based on the latest product
information available at the time of printing. American Honda Motor
Co., Inc. reserves the right to make changes at any time without
notice and without incurring any obligation. No part of this publication
may be reproduced without written permission.
This manual should be considered a permanent part of the engine
and should remain with the engine if resold.
Review the instructions provided with the equipment powered by this
engine for any additional information regarding engine startup,
shutdown, operation, adjustments, or any special maintenance
instructions.

SAFETY MESSAGES

Your safety and the safety of others are very important. We have
provided important safety messages in this manual and on the
engine. Please read these messages carefully.
A safety message alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you
or others. Each safety message is preceded by a safety alert
symbol  and one of three words, DANGER, WARNING, or
CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
 DANGER
 WARNING
 CAUTION
Each message tells you what the hazard is, what can happen, and
what you can do to avoid or reduce injury.

DAMAGE PREVENTION MESSAGES

You will also see other important messages that are preceded by the
word NOTICE.
This word means:
Your engine or other property can be
NOTICE
damaged if you don't follow instructions.
The purpose of these messages is to help prevent damage to your
engine, other property, or the environment.
© 2003-2006 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.-All Rights Reserved
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You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
You CAN be HURT if you don't follow
instructions.
POM53632-C
EM5
IPC
80000.2006.09
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
OWNER'S MANUAL
MANUEL DE L'UTILISATEUR
MANUAL DEL PROPIETARIO
BEDIENUNGSANLEITUNG
MANUALE DELL'UTENTE
INSTRUKTIEHANDLEIDING
GCV160 • GCV190
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . 1
SAFETY MESSAGES . . . . . . . 1
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Safety Information . . . . . . . . 1
LOCATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
CHECKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Type 1 Operation . . . . . . . . . 3
Type 2 Operation . . . . . . . . . 4
Type 3 Operation . . . . . . . . . 4
Type 4 Operation . . . . . . . . . 4
Type 5 Operation . . . . . . . . . 5
Type 6 Operation . . . . . . . . . 5
Type 7 Operation . . . . . . . . . 5
Type 8 Operation . . . . . . . . . 6
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Maintenance Safety . . . . . . . 6
Refueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Spark Arrester . . . . . . . . . . . 9
ENGLISH
HELPFUL TIPS &
SUGGESTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . 9
Storing Your Engine . . . . . . 9
Adding a Gasoline
Stabilizer to Extend Fuel
Storage Life . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
TAKING CARE OF
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . 12
Battery Connections . . . . . 12
Wiring Diagrams. . . . . . . . . 13
Honda Publications . . . . . . 13
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Customer Service
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . 13
International Warranty
Information. . . . . . .last page
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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing a Honda engine. We want to help you get the best results from your new engine and operate it safely. This manual contains information on how to do that; please read it carefully before operating the engine. If a problem should arise, or if you have OWNER’S MANUAL...
  • Page 2: Safety Information

    SAFETY INFORMATION COMPONENT & CONTROL LOCATION • Understand the operation of all controls and learn how to stop the The engine control area differs based on the engine type. Refer to the engine quickly in case of emergency. Make sure the operator individual diagrams below to determine your engine control type when receives adequate instruction before operating the equipment.
  • Page 3: Before Operation Checks

    BEFORE OPERATION CHECKS 2. See equipment manual and FAST SLOW position the throttle control IS YOUR ENGINE READY TO GO? so the choke/throttle lever CHOKE moves to the CHOKE For your safety, and to maximize the service life of your equipment, it position.
  • Page 4: Type 2 Operation

    TYPE 2 (MANUAL CHOKE/MANUAL THROTTLE) Starting A Warm Engine Starting A Cold Engine 1. Move the flywheel brake lever to the RUN position. 1. Turn the fuel valve to the ON position (see TYPE 1 Step 1 on 2. Pull the starter grip lightly until resistance is felt, then pull briskly page 3).
  • Page 5: Type 5 Operation

    TYPE 5 (MANUAL CHOKE/FIXED THROTTLE) Starting A Warm Engine Starting A Cold Engine 1. Place the choke/throttle/stop lever in the FAST position. ENGINE STOP SWITCH 1. Turn the fuel valve to the ON Make sure the blade brake clutch control lever is disengaged (see CHOKE position (see TYPE 1 equipment manual).
  • Page 6: Type 8 Operation

    These items should be serviced by an authorized Honda servicing dealer, unless you have the proper tools and are mechanically proficient. Refer to the Honda shop manual for service procedures. See your equipment manual or Honda engine shop manual.
  • Page 7: Refueling

    REFUELING ENGINE OIL Use regular unleaded gasoline with a pump octane rating of 86 or Recommended Oil higher. This engine is certified to operate on regular unleaded Use 4-stroke motor oil that meets gasoline. or exceeds the requirements for Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. If the engine API service classification SJ or has been running, allow it to cool first.
  • Page 8: Air Cleaner

    AIR CLEANER SPARK PLUG Recommended Spark Plug: NGK BPR6ES A dirty air cleaner will restrict air flow to the carburetor and cause poor engine performance. Inspect the filter each time the engine is The recommended spark plug is the correct heat range for normal operated.
  • Page 9: Flywheel Brake Inspection

    3 mm, take the engine to serviced or replaced. your authorized Honda The length of time that gasoline can be left in your fuel tank and servicing dealer. carburetor without causing functional problems will vary with such 4.
  • Page 10: Draining The Fuel Tank And Carburetor

    Take the engine to an authorized Storage Precautions malfunction, ignition malfunction, Honda servicing dealer or refer to the If your engine will be stored with gasoline in the fuel tank and valves stuck, etc. shop manual to replace or repair faulty components as necessary.
  • Page 11: Technical Information

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION Specifications GCV160 Serial Number and Type Location Type Recoil start Electric start Record the engine serial number and type in the space below. You will Length x Width x Height 367 x 331 x 360 mm 367 x 354 x 360 mm...
  • Page 12: Battery Connections

    Battery Connections Wiring Diagrams Use the following materials to connect a 12-volt battery to the starter RECOIL STARTER BLACK (All Types) on type 7 units (with electric start switch/fixed throttle/manual choke): • Battery – 12-volt lead acid battery with a recommended ampere-hr rating of 3 Ah or a 14.4-volt NiCd battery with a recommended ampere-hr rating of 1.7 Ah.
  • Page 13: Consumer Information

    It is intended to be used by a skilled technician. Parts This manual provides complete, illustrated parts lists. Available Catalog through your Honda dealer. Distributor/Dealer Locator Information Visit our website: http://www.honda-engines-eu.com Customer Service Information Servicing dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should be able to answer any question you may have.

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