SERVICING YOUR ENGINE
THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTENANCE
Good maintenance is essential for safe, economical and trouble-
free operation. It will also help reduce pollution.
Improper maintenance, or failure to correct a
problem before operation, can cause a malfunction in
which you can be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the inspection and maintenance
recommendations and schedules in this owner's
To help you properly care for your engine, the following pages
include a maintenance schedule, routine inspection procedures,
and simple maintenance procedures using basic hand tools. Other
service tasks that are more difficult, or require special tools, are
best handled by professionals and are normally performed by a
Honda technician or other qualified mechanic.
The maintenance schedule applies to normal operating conditions.
If you operate your engine under severe conditions, such as
sustained high-load or high-temperature operation, or use in
unusually wet or dusty conditions, consult your Honda servicing
dealer for recommendations applicable to your individual needs
Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control
devices and systems may be performed by any engine repair
establishment or individual, using parts that are ''certified'' to
Some of the most important safety precautions follow. However,
we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in
performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you
should perform a given task.
Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions
and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or
Always follow the procedures and precautions in this
Make sure the engine is off before you begin any maintenance
or repairs. To prevent accidental startup, disconnect the spark
plug cap. This will eliminate several potential hazards:
Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust.
Operate outside, away from open windows or doors.
Burns from hot parts.
Let the engine and exhaust system cool before touching.
Injury from moving parts.
Do not run the engine unless instructed to do so.
Read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have
the tools and skills required.
To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when
working around gasoline. Use only a non-flammable solvent,
not gasoline, to clean parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks and flames
away from all fuel related parts.
Remember that an authorized Honda servicing dealer knows your
engine best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it.
To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new Honda
Genuine parts or their equivalents for repair and replacement.
REGULAR SERVICE PERIOD (3)
Perform at every
indicated month or
operating hour interval,
whichever comes first.
Fuel tank &
Replace the paper air filter element only.
Service more frequently when used in dusty areas.
These items should be serviced by your Honda servicing
dealer, unless you have the proper tools and are mechanically
proficient. Refer to the Honda shop manual for service
For commercial use, log hours of operation to determine
proper maintenance intervals.
Failure to follow this maintenance schedule could result in non-
After every 500 Hrs. (2)
Every 2 years
(Replace if necessary) (2)