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OWNER'S MANUAL
GXV160
WARNING:
The engine exhaust from this product
contains chemicals known to the State
of California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
31ZE7614
00X31-ZE7-6140
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
SAFETY MESSAGES . . . . . . . . . 1
Damage Prevention
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Safety Information. . . . . . . . . . . 1
LOCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
CONNECTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
CHECKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . 3
Setting Engine Speed . . . . . . . . 3
Stopping the Engine . . . . . . . . 3
Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Maintenance Safety . . . . . . . . . 3
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . 3
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 4
Refueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Fuel Recommendations . . . . . . 4
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Idle Speed Adjustment . . . . . . . 6
Spark Arrester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
© 2000 - 2003 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.-All Rights Reserved
POM51741G
IPC
25,000.2003.03
EM3
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
SUGGESTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Storing Your Engine . . . . . . . . . 8
Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
PROBLEMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Oxygenated Fuels . . . . . . . . . . 9
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Air Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Honda Publications. . . . . . . . . 11
Warranty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Warranty Service
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.

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

    OWNER’S MANUAL GXV160  WARNING: The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. 31ZE7614 00X31-ZE7-6140 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ....1 HELPFUL TIPS &...
  • Page 2: Component & Control Location

    COMPONENT & CONTROL LOCATION STARTER GRIP SPARK FUEL PLUG TANK CLEANER OIL FILLER CAP/ DIPSTICK MUFFLER THROTTLE CABLE CONNECTION The throttle lever is provided with holes for attaching the throttle cable. 1. Remove the screw and the cable holder. 2. Hook the solid wire cable end into the throttle lever as shown. 3.
  • Page 3: Starting The Engine

    STARTING THE ENGINE 1. Turn the fuel valve to the ON position. 2. FOR STARTING A COLD ENGINE: Move the throttle control to the choke position. 3. FOR RESTARTING A WARM ENGINE: Do not use the choke when the engine is warm. Move the throttle control slightly past the idle position.
  • Page 4: Maintenance Schedule

    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE REGULAR SERVICE Before First PERIOD (4) Each Month ITEM 5 Hrs Perform at every indicated month or operating hour interval, whichever comes first. Engine oil Check Replace Air cleaner Check Clean Replace Spark plug Check-adjust Replace Flywheel brake pad Check Spark arrester Clean...
  • Page 5: Engine Oil

    ENGINE OIL Recommended Oil Use 4-stroke motor oil that meets or exceeds the requirements for API service classification SH, SJ, or equivalent. Always check the API service label on the oil container to be sure it includes the letters SH, SJ, or equivalent.
  • Page 6: Air Cleaner

    AIR CLEANER A dirty air cleaner will restrict air flow to the carburetor and cause poor engine performance. Inspect the elements each time the engine is operated. You will need to clean the elements more frequently if you operate the engine in very dusty areas. NOTICE Operating the engine without an air cleaner or with a damaged air cleaner, will allow dirt to enter the engine, causing rapid engine wear.
  • Page 7: Spark Arrester

    FLYWHEEL BRAKE INSPECTION (A types only) 1. Check to see if the inspection screw is contacting the brake bracket. 2. If the inspection screw is contacting the brake bracket, take the engine to an authorized Honda engine servicing dealer for flywheel BRAKE brake pad inspection.
  • Page 8: Helpful Tips & Suggestions

    HELPFUL TIPS & SUGGESTIONS STORING YOUR ENGINE Storage Preparation Proper storage preparation is essential for keeping your engine trouble-free and looking good. The following steps will help to keep rust and corrosion from impairing your engine’s function and appearance, and will make the engine easier to start when you use it again.
  • Page 9: Transporting

    SERIAL NUMBER TYPE MODEL SERIAL NUMBER GXV160 GJ03– ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Carburetor Modification For High Altitude Operation At high altitude, the standard carburetor air-fuel mixture will be too rich. Performance will decrease, and fuel consumption will increase. A very rich mixture will also foul the spark plug and cause hard starting.
  • Page 10: Emission Control System Information

    Emission Control System Information Source of Emissions The combustion process produces carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and hydrocarbons. Control of hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen is very important because, under certain conditions, they react to form photochemical smog when subjected to sunlight. Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic.
  • Page 11: Consumer Information

    CONSUMER INFORMATION Honda Publications These publications will give you additional information for maintaining and repairing you engine.You may order them from an authorized Honda engine servicing dealer. Shop Manual This manual covers complete maintenance and overhaul procedures. It is intended to be used by a skilled technician.
  • Page 12: Distributor/Dealer Locator Information

    Exclusions: FAILURES OTHER THAN THOSE RESULTING FROM DEFECTS IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP ARE NOT COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY. THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT EXTEND TO EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS WHICH ARE AFFECTED OR DAMAGED BY OWNER ABUSE, NEGLECT, IMPROPER MAINTENANCE, MISUSE, MISFUELING, IMPROPER STORAGE, ACCIDENT AND/OR COLLISION, THE INCORPORATION OF, OR ANY USE OF, ANY ADD-ON OR MODIFIED PARTS, UNSUITABLE ATTACHMENTS, OR THE UNAUTHORIZED ALTERATION OF ANY PART.