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OWNER'S MANUAL
GC190
WARNING:
The engine exhaust from this product
contains chemicals known to the State
of California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
31Z1A000
00X31-Z1A-0000
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
SAFETY MESSAGES . . . . . . . . . 1
LOCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
READY TO GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Type 1 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Type 2 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Type 3 Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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System . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Maintenance Safety . . . . . . . . . 4
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . 4
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 5
Refueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Fuel Recommendations . . . . . . 5
ENGINE OIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Recommended Oil. . . . . . . . . . . 5
Oil Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Oil Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
AIR CLEANER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Spark Arrester . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
© 2003 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.-All Rights Reserved
POM53483
IPC
60,000.2003.01
EM3
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
SUGGESTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Storing Your Engine . . . . . . . . . 7
Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
PROBLEMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Oxygenated Fuels . . . . . . . . . . 9
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Air Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Tuneup Specifications . . . . . . 10
Wiring Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Honda Publications. . . . . . . . . 11
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing a Honda engine. We want to help you to get
the best results from your new engine and to 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 is 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.
SAFETY INFORMATION
• Understand the operation of all controls and learn how to stop the
engine quickly in case of emergency. Make sure the operator
receives adequate instruction before operating the equipment.
• Your engine's exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide. Do not
run the engine without adequate ventilation, and never run the
engine indoors.
• The engine and exhaust become very hot during operation. Keep
the engine at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from buildings and other
equipment during operation. Keep flammable materials away, and
do not place anything on the engine while it is running.
1
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.

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing a Honda engine. We want to help you to get the best results from your new engine and to operate it safely. This manual contains information on how to do that; please read it carefully before operating the engine.
  • Page 2: Component & Control Location

    COMPONENT & CONTROL LOCATION BEFORE OPERATION CHECKS IS YOUR ENGINE READY TO GO? For your safety, and to maximize the service life of your equipment, it MUFFLER CLEANER is very important to take a few moments before you operate the engine to check its condition.
  • Page 3: Type 2 Operation

    TYPE 2: FIXED THROTTLE / IGNITION SWITCH LEVER / 2. Move the throttle lever (gray) THROTTLE away from the SLOW LEVER (gray) MANUAL CHOKE position, about 1/3 of the way Starting A Cold Engine toward the FAST position. CHOKE ROD 1.
  • Page 4: Type 3 Operation

    If the engine stops and will not restart, check the engine oil level To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new genuine Honda (page 5) before troubleshooting in other areas.
  • Page 5: Maintenance Schedule

    (2) Change engine oil every 25 hours when used under heavy load or in high ambient temperatures. (3) 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.
  • Page 6: Air Cleaner

    (United States Department of Agriculture)-qualified spark arrester. the filter to be sure Check local laws and regulations. A USDA-qualified spark arrester is it is clean and in available from an authorized Honda servicing dealer. FILTER good condition. TABS The spark arrester must be serviced every 100 hours to keep it 2.
  • Page 7: Helpful Tips & Suggestions

    HELPFUL TIPS & SUGGESTIONS DRAINING THE FUEL TANK AND CARBURETOR STORING YOUR ENGINE  WARNING Storage Preparation Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive, and you can Proper storage preparation is essential for keeping your engine be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel. trouble-free and looking good.
  • Page 8: Troubleshooting

    FAST position (choke in OPEN position). 5. Take engine to an Fuel filter clogged, carburetor Replace or repair faulty authorized Honda malfunction, ignition components as necessary. servicing dealer, or refer malfunction, valves stuck, to shop manual. etc.
  • Page 9: Oxygenated Fuels

    If you use oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirements. Honda utilizes lean carburetor settings and other systems to reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel’s contents.
  • Page 10: Air Index

    ITEM SPECIFICATION MAINTENANCE Valve clearance (cold) IN: 0.15 ± 0.04 mm See your authorized EX: 0.20 ± 0.04 mm Honda dealer Other specifications No other adjustments needed. Quick Reference Information Fuel Type Unleaded gasoline with a pump octane rating of 86 or higher (page 5).
  • Page 11: Consumer Information

    Honda Motor Co., Inc. may deny you warranty coverage if your power equipment engine or American Honda will repair or replace, at its option, any part that is proven to be defective a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved in material or workmanship under normal use during the applicable warranty time period.
  • Page 12: Distributor/Dealer Locator

    If such a replacement part is used in the repair or maintenance of your engine, and an authorized Honda dealer determines it is defective or causes a failure of a If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s warranted part, your claim for repair of your engine may be denied.
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