GCV135E•GCV160E SERIAL NUMBER AND ENGINE TYPE OWNER’S MANUAL 32Z0M600 00X32-Z0M-6000 PRINTED IN ITALY Thank you for purchasing a Honda engine. This manual covers the operation and maintenance of your engine: GCV135E·GCV160E All information in this publication is based on the latest product information available at the time of printing.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS To ensure safe operation − Honda engine is designed to give safe and dependable service if operated according to instructions. Read and understand the Owner’s Manual before operating the engine. Failure to do so could result in personal injury or equipment damage. Always make a pre-operation inspection (page start the engine.
COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION STARTER GRIP OIL FILLER CAP TOP COVER (applicable types) CHOKE LEVER (applicable types) FLYWHEEL BRAKE LEVER RECOIL STARTER (applicable types) CONTROL LEVER AIR CLEANER SPARK PLUG MUFFLER FUEL TANK CAP FUEL VALVE FUEL TANK...
PRE-OPERATION CHECK Engine oil level Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious engine damage. Be sure to check the engine on a level surface with the engine stopped. Remove the oil filler cap and wipe the dipstick clean. Insert the dipstick into the oil filler neck, but do not screw it in.
Fuel Use automotive unleaded gasoline with a Research Octane Number of 91 or higher (a Pump Octane Number of 86 or higher). Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture. Avoid getting dirt or water in the fuel tank. Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions.
STARTING THE ENGINE Turn the fuel valve to the ON position. FUEL VALVE Without CHOKE LEVER type: Move the control lever to the CLOSE position. With CHOKE LEVER type (AUTOMATIC RETURN CHOKE type): Move the choke lever to the CLOSE position. Do not use the choke if the engine is warm or the air temperature is high.
[With CHOKE LEVER type (AUTOMATIC RETURN CHOKE type)] Operate the recoil starter as soon as you move the flywheel brake lever to the RELEASED position. The choke lever automatically begins moving to the OPEN position when the flywheel brake lever is moved to the RELEASED position. If the engine does not start within several consecutive pulls of the recoil starter, move the flywheel brake lever to the ENGAGED position and move the choke lever to the CLOSE...
STOPPING THE ENGINE Move the control lever to the SLOW position. SLOW CONTROL LEVER 2. With FLYWHEEL BRAKE LEVER type: Return the flywheel brake lever to the ENGAGED position. The engine switch, which is linked with the flywheel brake lever, is turned off when the flywheel brake lever is moved to the ENGAGED position.
MAINTENANCE Shut off the engine before performing any maintenance. To prevent accidental start-up, disconnect the spark plug cap. The engine should be serviced by an authorized Honda dealer unless the owner has proper tools and service data and feels he is mechanically qualified.
Oil change Drain the oil while the engine is still warm to assure rapid and complete draining. Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position (see page Remove the oil filler cap and drain the oil into the oil container by inclining the engine toward the oil filler neck.
Tap the element lightly several times on a hard surface to remove excess dirt, or blow compressed air through the filter from the inside out. Never try to brush the dirt off; brushing will force dirt into the fibers. Replace the element if it is excessively dirty.
Check the brake shoe thickness. If it is less than 3 mm (0.12 in), replace it with new one. Install the fuel tank and recoil starter, and tighten the three 6 mm nuts securely. Install the top cover, and tighten the three tapping screws securely (with top cover type only).
Visually inspect the spark plug. Discard the spark plug if there is apparent wear, or if the insulator is cracked or chipped. Clean the spark plug with a wire brush if it is to be reused. Measure the plug gap with a feeler gauge. Correct as necessary by bending the side electrode.
Spark arrester maintenance (optional part) If the engine has been running, the muffler will be very hot. Allow it to cool before proceeding. The spark arrester must be serviced every 100 hours to maintain its efficiency. Remove the muffler protector by removing the three 6 mm bolts. Remove the spark arrester from the muffler by removing the two screws.
TRANSPORTING/STORAGE When transporting the engine, turn the fuel valve OFF and keep the engine level to prevent fuel spillage. Fuel vapor or spilled fuel may ignite. Before storing the unit for an extended period; Be sure the storage area is free of excessive humidity and dust. Drain the fuel tank and carburetor into a suitable gasoline container: Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position.
Fuel tank capacity Engine oil capacity Engine oil Spark plug Specifications may vary according to the types, and are subject to change without notice. GCV135E GCV160E GJAFE GJAAE 351 mm (13.8 in) 367 mm (14.4 in) 331 mm (13.0 in) 331 mm (13.0 in)