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Honda GC160 Owner's Manual

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OWNER'S MANUAL
GC160
WARNING:
The engine exhaust from this product
contains chemicals known to the State
of California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
31ZL8A04
00X31-ZL8-A040
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
© 2000, 2001, 2002 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.-All Rights Reserved
POM52707E
IPC
200,000.2002.11
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

    OWNER’S MANUAL GC160  WARNING: The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. 31ZL8A04 00X31-ZL8-A040 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ....1 HELPFUL TIPS &...
  • Page 2: Component & Control Location

    MUFFLER MUFFLER DEFLECTOR OIL DRAIN BOLT FUEL FILLER FUEL TANK ENGINE CONTROL TYPES TYPE 1: MANUAL THROTTLE / MANUAL CHOKE CHOKE ROD THROTTLE LEVER (gray) Used on engines with an adjustable throttle lever. TYPE 2: FIXED THROTTLE / IGNITION SWITCH LEVER / MANUAL CHOKE CHOKE ROD IGNITION SWITCH LEVER (red)
  • Page 3: Type 2 Operation

    2. Move the throttle lever (gray) THROTTLE away from the SLOW LEVER (gray) position, about 1/3 of the way toward the FAST position. Some engine applications use a remotely-mounted throttle control rather than the engine-mounted throttle lever shown here. 3. Pull the starter grip lightly until resistance is felt, then pull briskly.
  • Page 4: Type 3 Operation

    MANUAL CHOKE Starting A Cold Engine 1. Pull the choke rod to the CHOKE ROD CLOSED position. 2. Move the engine stop switch to the ON position. Some engine applications use a remotely-mounted ignition switch rather than the engine-mounted engine stop ENGINE switch shown here.
  • Page 5: Maintenance Schedule

    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE REGULAR SERVICE Before First PERIOD (4) Each Month 5 Hrs ITEM Perform at every indicated month or operating hour interval, whichever comes first. Engine oil Check Change Air filter Check Clean Replace Spark plug Check-adjust Replace Spark arrester Clean Idle speed Check-adjust...
  • Page 6: Air Cleaner

    A dirty air cleaner will restrict air flow to the carburetor and cause poor engine performance. Inspect the filter each time the engine is operated. You will need to clean the filter more frequently if you operate the engine in very dusty areas. NOTICE Operating the engine without an air filter, or with a damaged filter, will allow dirt to enter the engine, causing rapid engine wear.
  • Page 7: 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 8: Transporting

    If your engine will be stored with gasoline in the fuel tank and carburetor, it is important to reduce the hazard of gasoline vapor ignition. Select a well-ventilated storage area away from any appliance that operates with a flame, such as a furnace, water heater, or clothes dryer.
  • Page 9: Oxygenated Fuels

    Oxygenated Fuels 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 emissions.
  • Page 10: Air Index

    An Air Index Information hang tag/label is applied to engines certified to an emission durability time period in accordance with the requirements of the California Air Resources Board. The bar graph is intended to provide you, our customer, the ability to compare the emissions performance of available engines.
  • Page 11: Consumer Information Honda Publications

    Emission Control System Warranty Your new Honda Power Equipment engine complies with both the U.S. EPA and State of California emission regulations. American Honda provides the same emission warranty coverage for engines sold in all 50 states.
  • Page 12: Distributor/Dealer Locator

    To Obtain Warranty Service: You must take your Honda Power Equipment engine or the product on which it is installed, along with your warranty registration card or other proof of original purchase date, at your expense, to any Honda Power Equipment dealer who is authorized by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.