Even with carburetor modification, engine horsepower will
decrease about 3.5% for each 300-meter (1,000-foot) increase in
altitude. The effect of altitude on horsepower will be greater than
this if no carburetor modification is made.
When the carburetor has been modified for high altitude operation,
the air-fuel mixture will be too lean for low altitude use. Operation
at altitudes below 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) with a modified
carburetor may cause the engine to overheat and result in serious
engine damage. For use at low altitudes, have your servicing
dealer return the carburetor to original factory specifications.
Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an
ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as
oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the
United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce
If you use oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the
minimum octane rating requirements.
Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel's contents.
Some states/provinces require this information to be posted on
The following are the EPA approved percentages of oxygenates:
(ethyl or grain alcohol) 10% by volume
You may use gasoline containing up to 10%
ethanol by volume. Gasoline containing
ethanol may be marketed under the name
(methyl tertiary butyl ether) 15% by volume
You may use gasoline containing up to 15%
MTBE by volume.
(methyl or wood alcohol) 5% by volume
You may use gasoline containing up to 5%
methanol by volume as long as it also
contains cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors
to protect the fuel system. Gasoline
containing more than 5% methanol by
volume may cause starting and/or
performance problems. It may also damage
metal, rubber, and plastic parts of your fuel
If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another brand of gasoline.
Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the
use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages
of oxygenates mentioned above are not covered under the
Distributor's Limited Warranty .
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
Honda utilizes lean carburetor settings and other systems to
reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and
The U.S., California Clean Air Acts and Environment Canada
EPA, California and Canadian regulations require all
manufacturers to furnish written instructions describing the
operation and maintenance of emission control systems.
The following instructions and procedures must be followed in
order to keep the emissions from your Honda engine within the
Tampering and Altering
Tampering with or altering the emission control system may
increase emissions beyond the legal limit. Among those acts that
constitute tampering are:
Removal or alteration of any part of the intake, fuel, or exhaust
Altering or defeating the governor linkage or speed-adjusting
mechanism to cause the engine to operate outside its design
Problems That May Affect Emissions
If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have your
engine inspected and repaired by your servicing dealer.
Hard starting or stalling after starting.
Misfiring or backfiring under load.
Black exhaust smoke or high fuel consumption.
The emission control systems on your Honda engine were
designed, built, and certified to conform with EPA, California and
Canadian emission regulations. We recommend the use of
genuine Honda parts whenever you have maintenance done.
These original-design replacement parts are manufactured to the
same standards as the original parts, so you can be confident of
their performance. The use of replacement parts that are not of the
original design and quality may impair the effectiveness of your
emission control system.
A manufacturer of an aftermarket part assumes the responsibility
that the part will not adversely affect emission performance. The
manufacturer or rebuilder of the part must certify that use of the
part will not result in a failure of the engine to comply with
Follow the maintenance schedule on page . Remember that this
schedule is based on the assumption that your machine will be
used for its designed purpose. Sustained high-load or high-
temperature operation, or use in unusually wet or dusty conditions,
will require more frequent service.