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INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on your selection of a Honda lawn mower! We are
certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the finest
lawn mowers on the market.
OWNER’S MANUAL
HRR216VXA
We want to help you get the best results from your new mower and to
operate it safely. This manual contains the information on how to do
that; please read it carefully.
We suggest you read the DISTRIBUTOR’S LIMITED WARRANTY
(page 18) and EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY
(page 19) to fully understand coverage and your responsibilities of
ownership.
When your mower needs scheduled maintenance, keep in mind that
an authorized Honda servicing dealer is specially trained in servicing
Honda mowers and is supported by the parts and service divisions of
American Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction
and will be pleased to answer your questions and concerns.
Keep this owner’s manual handy, so you can refer to it at any time.
This owner’s manual is considered a permanent part of the lawn
mower and should remain with the lawn mower if resold.
The information and specifications included in this publication were in
effect at the time of approval for printing. American Honda Motor Co.,
Inc. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change
specifications or design at any time without notice and without
incurring any obligation whatever. No part of this publication may be
reproduced without written permission.
SAFETY MESSAGES
Your safety and the safety of others are very important. We have
provided important safety messages in this manual and on the
mower. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt
you or others. Please read these messages carefully.
Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or maintaining a lawn mower. You
must use your own good judgment.
You will find important safety information in a variety of forms:
• Safety Labels – on the lawn mower.
• Instructions – how to use this mower correctly and safely.
• Safety Messages – preceded by a safety alert  symbol and one
of three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These
signal words mean:
DANGER
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
WARNING
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
CAUTION
You CAN be HURT if you don't follow
instructions.
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:
NOTICE
Your engine or other property can be
damaged if you don’t follow instructions.
© 2005–2006 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.—All Rights Reserved
31VL0B10
00X31-VL0-B100
EM5
K4
POM53850-B
IPC
18000.2006.12
PRINTED IN U.S.A.

WARNING:

The engine exhaust from this product
IPC of
contains chemicals known to the State
California to cause cancer, birth defects or
other reproductive harm.
CONTENTS*
INTRODUCTION ...............................1 TRANSPORTING ............................ 12
SAFETY MESSAGES........................1 STORAGE ....................................... 12
LAWN MOWER SAFETY ..................2 TAKING CARE OF UNEXPECTED
PROBLEMS..................................... 14
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO
PARENTS.....................................2 TECHNICAL INFORMATION .......... 15
SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS ......2
SERIAL NUMBER LOCATIONS. 15
CARBURETOR
SETTING UP YOUR NEW MOWER .3
MODIFICATION FOR HIGH
CONTROL LOCATIONS ...................4
ALTITUDE OPERATION ............ 15
BEFORE OPERATION......................4
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM 15
IS YOUR LAWN MOWER
AIR INDEX.................................. 16
READY TO GO?...........................4
SPECIFICATIONS...................... 16
GET THE MOWER READY..........5
CHECK YOUR MOWING AREA ..6 CONSUMER INFORMATION ......... 17
REPLACEMENT PARTS,
OPERATION......................................6
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT, AND
MOWING PRECAUTIONS ...........6
SERVICE ITEMS ........................ 17
STARTING THE ENGINE.............6
DEALER LOCATOR
OPERATING THE CONTROLS
INFORMATION........................... 17
FOR MOWING..............................6
CUSTOMER SERVICE
STOPPING THE ENGINE ............7
INFORMATION........................... 17
SAFE MOWING PRACTICES ......7
DISTRIBUTOR'S LIMITED
SERVICING YOUR LAWN MOWER .8
WARRANTY ............................... 18
MAINTENANCE SAFETY.............8
ACCESSORIES,
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE .......8
REPLACEMENT PARTS, AND
BLADES........................................9
APPAREL WARRANTY.............. 18
GRASS BAG...............................10
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
WARRANTY ............................... 19
ENGINE MAINTENANCE ...........10
REFUELING ...............................12
*For more information regarding cable adjustment, spark arrester service, and how to mow
your lawn, see FAQs at www.hondapowerequipment.com/faq.htm
1
LAWN MOWER SAFETY
Most accidents with walk-behind mowers can be prevented if you
follow all instructions in this manual and on the mower. The most
common hazards, according to accident statistics, are discussed
below, along with the best way to protect yourself and others.
Avoid Rotating Blades
Rotating blades can cause serious cuts and even amputate fingers,
hands, toes, or feet. Keep away from the mower deck whenever the
engine is running. If you need to adjust the cutting height, or work
around the deck for any other reason, always shut off the engine.
Wear heavy gloves and disconnect the spark plug cap when you need
to clean the mower deck or handle the blades.
Clear Mowing Area
Mower blades can throw rocks and other objects with enough force to
cause serious injury. Before mowing, carefully inspect the area and
remove all sticks, stones, pieces of wire, and other loose objects.
Never operate the blades over gravel.
If you decide that your son or daughter can handle the mower safely,
CAREFULLY READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL with your child. Make
sure you both understand all instructions and safety information. Also,
be sure your child wears sturdy shoes and other protective clothing
when operating or handling the mower.
SUPERVISION is also very important. Walk with your child during the
first few minutes of mowing. Even after he or she has become
confident with the mower, do not let him or her use the mower without
good adult supervision. An adult should also be present during
refueling and maintenance. In fact, it’s up to the adult owner to make
sure that the mower is properly maintained and kept in safe operating
condition.
By always placing safety first, your child will acquire useful skills and a
sense of accomplishment. And you’ll both get the best results from
your lawn mower.
SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS
These labels warn you of potential hazards that can cause serious
injury. Read them carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to
read, contact an authorized Honda servicing dealer for a replacement.
Keep Shields in Place
Guards and shields are designed to protect you from being hit by
thrown objects and from hot engine parts and moving components.
For your safety and the safety of others, keep all shields in place
when the engine is running.
Refuel with Care
Gasoline is extremely flammable and gasoline vapor can explode.
Refuel only outdoors, in a well-ventilated area, with the engine OFF.
Never smoke near gasoline, and keep other flames and sparks away.
Always store gasoline in an approved container.
WARNING
WARNING
AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
OBJECTS THROWN BY BLADE
CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY.
Follow all instructions in Owner's Manual.
Go across slopes, not up and down.
Do not mow when children or others are
around.
Look down and behind, before and
while moving backwards.
Keep safety devices (guards, shields,
switches, etc.) in place and working.
Inspect area and remove
debris before mowing.
Keep children and others away.
Wear eye protection.
Do not operate unless bag or
chute are installed or guard is
in place.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing will reduce your risk of injury. Long pants
and eye protection reduce the risk of injuries from thrown objects.
Sturdy shoes with aggressive soles will help protect your feet and give
you better traction on slopes or uneven ground.
Turn Engine Off When Not Mowing
If you need to leave the mower for any reason, even just to inspect the
lawn ahead, always turn the engine OFF.
DANGER
KEEP HANDS and FEET AWAY
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS
YOUR CHILDREN’S SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT to Honda.
That’s why we urge you to read this message before letting your child
operate this lawn mower. Lawn mowers are tools, not toys. As with
any equipment, bad judgments can result in serious injuries. You can
help prevent accidents by making good decisions about if, when, and
how your child operates this equipment.
The first question you’ll need to ask is whether your child is capable of
operating this mower safely. Remember, young people vary widely,
and AGE IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR.
Physically, a child must be LARGE ENOUGH AND STRONG
ENOUGH to easily start the mower and control its direction. The child
also needs enough size, strength, and coordination to comfortably
reach and operate the controls.
Another, tougher question you need to ask is if your child has enough
MATURITY AND RESPONSIBILITY to safely operate this mower.
Does the young person think through problems and come to logical
solutions? Be honest! Anyone who takes unnecessary risks and
doesn’t obey rules should not operate this lawn mower.
2
AWA
G ER
FEET
and
DS
DAN
HAN
Y
KEEP
CAUTION
HOT MUFFLER CAN BURN YOU.
Stay away if engine has been running.
SETTING UP YOUR NEW
MOWER
Engine Oil
The mower is shipped
WITHOUT OIL in the engine.
A bottle of oil is included in
the box with your mower.
Add the entire contents of
the oil bottle into the oil filler
opening.
Unpacking
Remove all the cardboard from around the handlebar.
Handlebar Setup
Raise the handlebar into the mowing position with the handlebar
adjust knobs in the unlock position.
HANDLEBAR
ADJUST KNOB (2)
All Honda engines are run at
the factory prior to
packaging. Most of the oil is
removed prior to shipment;
however, some oil remains in
the engine. The amount of oil
left in the engine varies.
If not using the supplied oil,
add enough SAE 10W-30
API service category SJ or
later oil to bring the oil level
between the upper and lower
limit marks on the dipstick as
shown.
Do not overfill the engine
with oil. If the engine is
overfilled, the excess oil may
get transferred to the air
cleaner housing and air cleaner.
FILLER
CAP/DIPSTICK
(do not screw in the
dipstick when
checking the oil level)
UPPER LIMIT
LOWER LIMIT
After filling the engine with oil, remove the hang tag near the recoil
starter grip that says “The engine has no oil. A container of oil is in the
shipping box.”
UNLOCK
LOCK
Fuel
Refer to page 12.
Turn the adjust knobs 90 degrees into the lock position so the pins will
spring into the holes and lock into position.
Grass Bag Assembly
Slide the grass bag frame into the grass bag and attach the clips as
shown.
GRASS BAG
BAG
FRAME
Before Operation
Before using the lawn mower, all mower operators must read the
following sections:
• LAWN MOWER SAFETY (page 2)
• CONTROL LOCATIONS (page 4)
• BEFORE OPERATION (page 4)
• OPERATION (page 6)
• MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE (page 8)
You can also find additional information on the Honda Power
Equipment web site. Visit www.hondapowerequipment.com/faq.htm
Please Register Your Lawn Mower
PLASTIC CLIP
BAG FRAME
Lift the discharge guard, remove the mulching plug, and install the
grass bag.
If your dealer did not collect registration information from you, please
take a few minutes and register your purchase with Honda. This
allows us to contact you with any important updates regarding your
mower. Please note registration is not required to obtain warranty
service.
You can register by completing and mailing the included registration
card, or go online to www.hondapowerequipment.com and click on
Product Registration Owner Link ™.
3
CONTROL LOCATIONS
SMART DRIVETM
CONTROL (P. 7)
BEFORE OPERATION
Your safety is your responsibility. A little time spent in preparation will
significantly reduce your risk of injury.
BLADE CONTROL
LEVER (P. 6)
Read and understand this manual. Know what the controls do and
how to operate them.
THROTTLE LEVER (P. 6)
Familiarize yourself with the lawn mower and its operation before you
begin using it. Know how to quickly shut off the lawn mower in case of
an emergency.
IS YOUR LAWN MOWER READY TO GO?
FUEL TANK CAP (P. 12)
ROTO-STOP®
LEVER (P. 6)
For your safety, and to maximize the service life of your lawn mower,
it is very important to take a few moments before you operate the lawn
mower to check its condition. Be sure to take care of any problem you
find, or have your servicing dealer correct it, before you operate the
lawn mower.
 WARNING
RECOIL
STARTER
GRIP (P. 6)
Improperly maintaining this lawn mower, or failing to correct a
problem before operation, could cause a malfunction in which
you could be seriously injured.
Always perform a pre-operation inspection before each
operation, and correct any problem.
HANDLEBAR
ADJUST
KNOB (2) (P. 5)
OIL FILLER
CAP (P. 3)
MUFFLER
Before beginning your pre-operation checks, be sure the lawn mower
is on a level surface.
Check the General Condition of the Lawn Mower
• Look around and underneath the lawn mower for signs of oil or
gasoline leaks.
• Look for signs of damage.
• Check each control for proper operation.
MULCHING
PLUG (P. 5)
• Check the blades for wear. Replace as necessary (page 9).
• Check that the blade bolts are tight (page 9).
• Check that all nuts, bolts, and screws are tightened.
Check the Engine:
• Check the air cleaner (page 10) and oil level (page 10).
• Check the fuel level (page 12). Starting with a full tank will help to
eliminate or reduce operating interruptions for refueling.
GRASS
BAG (P. 5)
DISCHARGE
GUARD
REAR
CUTTING
HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
LEVER (P. 5)
SPARK PLUG
CAP
FUEL VALVE (P. 6)
AIR CLEANER (P. 10)
FRONT CUTTING
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
LEVERS (P. 5)
4
CARBURETOR
GET THE MOWER READY
Inspection
Handlebar Height Adjustment
During normal use, the grass bag material is subject to deterioration
and wear.
1. Turn the handlebar adjust knobs 90 degrees into the unlock
position.
NOTICE
2. Move the handlebar up or down so that the locating pins align with
either the upper or lower holes on the handlebar mounting
brackets.
Frequently inspect the grass bag for tears, holes, and excessive wear.
Check for necessary replacement. Make sure the new bag meets the
original specifications.
3. Turn the adjust knobs 90 degrees into the lock position and the
pins will snap into the holes and lock into position.
Grass bag replacement is explained on page 10.
Installation
1. Raise the discharge
guard and hook the
grass bag onto the
mower deck as shown.
HIGH
HANDLEBAR
LOW
2. Release the discharge
guard to secure the
grass bag.
DISCHARGE GUARD
GRASS BAG
HANDLE
BAG
Removal
HANDLEBAR
ADJUST
KNOB (2)
1. Raise the discharge
guard, grasp the grass
bag handle, and
remove the grass bag.
2. Release the discharge
guard.
MOUNTING BRACKET
UNLOCK
LOCK
3. When the grass bag is
clear of the discharge
guard, you can lift it
through the handlebar
opening, or you can
remove it to the rear of
the mower below the handlebar.
Cutting Height Adjustment
The cutting height figures are
approximate. The actual height
of cut grass will vary with lawn
and soil conditions.
Mulching Plug
DISCHARGE
GUARD
The mulching plug helps to
curve the inside of the
mower deck for more
efficient mulching.
Install and remove the
mulching plug by raising
the discharge guard as
shown. The mulching plug
only fits one way. Remove
the mulching plug when
using a grass bag.
MULCHING
PLUG
Grass Bag
A lawn mower works like a vacuum cleaner; it blows air through the
bag, which traps the grass clippings. Always empty the grass bag
before it becomes filled to the limit of its capacity. Bagging
performance will diminish after the bag becomes about 90% filled.
Also, the bag is easier to empty when it is not packed full.
To adjust the cutting height, pull
each adjustment lever toward
the wheel, and move it into
another notch.
Move the two front adjustment
levers and the single rear
adjustment lever in the same
direction to the desired cutting
height position.
If you are not sure what cutting
height to select, start with a high
setting and check the
appearance of the lawn after
mowing a small area. Readjust
the cutting height if necessary.
3/4 in (20 mm)
1-1/4 in (32 mm)
2 in (46 mm)
2-1/2 in (62 mm)
3 in (75 mm)
3-1/2 in (88 mm)
4 in (100 mm)
FRONT ADJUSTMENT
LEVER (2)
REAR ADJUSTMENT
LEVER
5
CHECK YOUR MOWING AREA
For your safety and the safety of others, always inspect the area
before operating the lawn mower.
Objects
Anything that can be picked up by the blades and thrown is a potential
hazard to you and others. Look for things like stones, sticks, nails, and
wire, and remove them from the lawn area.
People and Pets
People and animals near the lawn area can move into your lawn
mower’s path or into a position where they could be struck by thrown
objects. Clear the area of pets and people, especially children. Their
safety is your responsibility.
Lawn Conditions
Check the condition of the grass. Adjust your lawn mower ground
speed and mowing swath accordingly.
3. With the blade control
lever released, pull the
starter grip lightly until
you feel resistance, then
pull briskly. Return the
starter grip gently.
BLADE
CONTROL
LEVER
4. If the CHOKE position
was used during
starting, move the
throttle lever away from
the CHOKE position as
soon as the engine
warms up enough to run
smoothly without using
the choke. Set the
throttle lever at FAST to
mow or at SLOW to idle.
STARTER
GRIP
OPERATION
OPERATING THE CONTROLS FOR MOWING
MOWING PRECAUTIONS
Throttle Lever
Before operating the mower for the first time, please review LAWN
MOWER SAFETY (page 2). Even if you have operated other mowers,
take time to become familiar with how this mower works and practice
in a safe area until you build up your skills.
For best cut quality, always mow
with the throttle lever in the FAST
position. When the blades rotate
at the preset fast speed, they
create a strong fan action that lifts
and cuts grass more efficiently.
Do not try to increase the preset
engine speed; the blade could
fracture and come apart.
W
O
SL

OP
ST
THROTTLE
LEVER
CH
O
KE
S
FA
T
For your safety, avoid starting or operating the engine in an enclosed
area, such as a garage. Your mower’s exhaust contains poisonous
carbon monoxide gas, which can collect rapidly in an enclosed area
and cause illness or death.
FAST
Before starting, always release the Smart Drive™ control, so that the
mower will not move forward when you operate the starter.
Blade Control System
STARTING THE ENGINE
FUEL VALVE OFF
To start blade rotation, make
sure the throttle lever is in the
FAST position.
BLADE CONTROL LEVER
ROTOSTOP®
LEVER
1. Hold the blade control lever
against the handlebar.
2. Push the Roto-Stop® lever
forward quickly until it
reaches the end stop.
ON
3. Release the Roto-Stop lever
when the blades engage.
Continue to hold the blade
control lever against the
handlebar to maintain blade
rotation.
W
O
SL
T
S
FA
KE
O
CH

CH
O
KE
S
FA
T
Move the throttle lever to
the FAST position.
FAST
6
OP
ST
WARM ENGINE:

W
O
SL
Move the throttle lever to
the CHOKE position.
COLD ENGINE:
CHOKE
2. Move the throttle lever to
the proper starting
position.
OP
ST
1. Turn the fuel valve to the ON position.
Release the blade control lever to stop blade rotation. Always release
the blade control lever before starting the engine to prevent the blades
from rotating.
Smart Drive Control
SAFE MOWING PRACTICES
With the engine running
and the blades rotating,
slowly push the Smart Drive
control to propel the mower
forward.
For your safety, keep all four wheels on the ground, and be careful to
avoid losing your footing and your control of the mower. Keep a firm
grip on the handlebar, and walk, never run, with the mower. Be very
careful when mowing uneven or rough ground.
Ground speed will increase
as more pressure is applied
to the Smart Drive control.
After maximum ground
speed is obtained, applying
additional force will not
further increase ground
speed. Apply only enough
pressure to achieve the
desired speed.
If stuck, do not kick or shove the mower with your foot. Use the
handlebar to control the mower.
™
CONTROL
 WARNING
SMART DRIVE CONTROL
• Wear protective footwear.
Ground speed control sensitivity will vary with such factors as terrain,
grass height, slope, and grass bag weight. For example, achieving a
very slow ground speed on smooth level terrain requires very light
force be applied to the Smart Drive control. However, additional force
may be required to achieve the same ground speed on slopes, tall
grass, or uneven terrain. The Smart Drive control is designed to allow
you to move the control to maintain the desired ground speed under
constantly changing mowing conditions.
Release the Smart Drive control to stop the mower’s forward motion.
STOPPING THE ENGINE
1. Release the blade control
lever to stop the blade
rotation.
The blades are sharp and spin at high speed.
A spinning blade can cut you severely and can
amputate fingers and toes.
BLADE CONTROL LEVER
• Keep your hands and feet away from the mower deck
while the engine is running.
• Stop the engine before performing any adjustment,
inspection, or maintenance.
Slopes
Mow across slopes, not up and
down. Avoid steep slopes (more
than 20°), and be careful when
changing direction. Mowing on a
slope when the grass is damp or
wet could cause you to slip, fall,
and lose control of the mower.
Obstacles
2. Move the throttle lever to
the STOP position to stop
the engine.
STOP

3. When the mower is not in
use, turn the fuel valve to
the OFF position (page 6).
THROTTLE
LEVER
Use the side of the mower to cut
close to large obstacles, such as
fences or walls.
Release the Smart Drive control to disengage the drive when mowing
around trees and other obstacles. Push the mower around obstacles
for better directional control. Be careful when mowing over obstacles
embedded in the lawn, such as sprinkler heads, paving, edging,
raised tree roots, etc. Avoid anything that sticks up above the surface
of the lawn.
If the blade hits something or if the mower starts to vibrate, stop the
engine immediately, disconnect the spark plug cap, and check for
damage (page 9). Striking objects may damage the blades, bend the
crankshaft, and/or break the mower deck or other components.
Vibration usually indicates serious trouble.
 WARNING
A worn, cracked, or damaged blade can break, and pieces
of the damaged blade can become dangerous projectiles.
Thrown objects can cause serious injury.
Inspect the blades regularly, and do not operate the mower
with a worn or damaged blade.
The DISTRIBUTOR’S LIMITED WARRANTY (page 18) does not
cover parts damaged by accident or collision.
Gravel and Loose Objects
Gravel, loose stones, and landscaping material can be picked up by
the mower and thrown many feet with enough force to cause serious
personal injury and/or property damage. The best way to prevent
potential injury from thrown objects is to release the blade control
lever to stop the blades before reaching areas with gravel, loose
stones, or landscaping material.
7
SERVICING YOUR LAWN
MOWER
Remember that an authorized Honda servicing dealer knows your
mower best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it.
Proper maintenance is essential for safe, economical, and
trouble-free operation. It will also help reduce air pollution.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
 WARNING
Improper maintenance, or failure to correct a problem
before operation, can cause a malfunction in which you
can be seriously hurt or killed.
To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new, genuine
Honda parts or their equivalents for repair and replacement.
Interval
Before each use
Always follow the inspection and maintenance
recommendations and schedules in this owner’s manual.
To help you properly care for your mower, 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 mower under severe conditions, such as sustained
high-load or high-temperature operation, or use in unusually wet or
dusty conditions, consult your servicing dealer for recommendations
applicable to your individual needs and use.
Change the engine oil (page 10)
First 25 hours
Clean the air cleaner element 1 (page 10)
Adjust the throttle cable 2
Adjust the Roto-Stop cable 2
Adjust the Smart Drive cable 3
Every 50 hours
Change the engine oil 1 (page 10)
Clean the air filter 1 (page 10)
Adjust the Smart Drive cable 3
Every 100 hours
Change the engine oil 1 (page 10)
Clean the air filter 1 (page 10)
Inspect-adjust the spark plug (page 11)
Clean-check the spark arrester 3
Adjust the throttle cable 2
Adjust the Roto-Stop cable 2
Adjust the Smart Drive cable 3
Grease the pinion gears 2
MAINTENANCE SAFETY
Every 150 hours
Change the engine oil 1 (page 10)
Replace the air cleaner filter 1 (page 10)
Replace the spark plug (page 11)
Adjust the Smart Drive cable 3
Adjust the valve clearance 2
Adjust the idle speed 2
Clean the fuel tank and filter 2
After every 250
hours
Clean the combustion chamber 2
Every 2 years
Check the fuel line and replace if necessary 2
 WARNING
Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and
precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the procedures and precautions in this
owner’s manual.
Inspect the blades (page 9)
Check the blade torque (page 10)
Check the grass bag (page 10)
Check the engine oil level (page 10)
Check the air cleaner (page 10)
First month or
5 hours
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
EPA standards.
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.
Item
Safety Precautions
• Make sure the engine is off before you begin any maintenance or
repairs. This will eliminate several potential hazards:
– Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust.
Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate
the engine.
– 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 nonflammable solvent, not
gasoline, to clean parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away
from all fuel-related parts.
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1. Service more frequently when used in dusty areas.
2. These items should be serviced by an authorized Honda servicing
dealer, unless you have the proper tools and are mechanically
proficient. Refer to the Honda shop manual for service procedures.
3. See the FAQ section of the Honda Power Equipment web site.
Visit www.hondapowerequipment.com/faq.htm
Failure to follow this maintenance schedule could result in
non-warrantable failures.
BLADES
Removal
Remove the two blade bolts with a 14 mm (6 sided) wrench or
socket. Use a wooden block to prevent the blades from turning
when removing the bolts. Remove the blades.
Inspection
1. Move the fuel valve to the
OFF position (page 6) and
disconnect the spark plug cap
from the spark plug (page 11).
2. Tilt the mower to the right, so
that the air cleaner side is up.
This will help to prevent fuel
leakage and hard starting.
LOWER
BLADE
BLADE
BOLTS
UPPER
BLADE
BLADE
BOLT (2)
BLADES
3. Inspect the blades for wear
and damage.
SPECIAL
WASHER (2)
Installation
1. Clean dirt and grass from around the blade mounting area.
2. Install the blades using the two blade bolts and special washers as
shown. Be sure to install the special washers with the concave side
toward the blades and the convex side toward the bolt head.
GOOD
WORN
BENT
CRACKED
The blade bolts and washers are specially designed for this
application. When replacing bolts and washers, use only genuine
Honda replacement parts.
3. Tighten the blade bolts with a torque wrench. Use a wooden block
to prevent the blades from turning when tightening the bolts.
 WARNING
A worn, cracked, or damaged blade can break, and pieces
of the damaged blade can become dangerous projectiles.
Thrown objects can cause serious injury.
Inspect the blades regularly, and do not operate the mower
with worn or damaged blades.
Blade bolt torque: 36 ~ 43 ft-lb (49 ~ 59 N·m)
If you do not have a torque wrench, have an authorized Honda
servicing dealer tighten the blade bolts before you use the mower.
If the blade bolts are overtightened, they could break. If the blade
bolts are not tightened enough, they could loosen or come out. In
either case, it would be possible for the blades to fly off while you
are operating the mower.
WOODEN BLOCK
A dull blade can be sharpened, but a blade that is excessively
worn, bent, cracked, or otherwise damaged must be replaced. A
worn or damaged blade can break, causing blade pieces to be
thrown from the mower.
TORQUE WRENCH
If the blades are found to be bent, take the lawn mower to an
authorized Honda servicing dealer for inspection.
4. A torque wrench must always be used when installing the blades.
Check that the blade bolts are tight (page 9).
BLADES
Blade Removal and Installation
If you remove the blades for sharpening or replacement, you will need
a torque wrench for installation. Wear heavy gloves to protect your
hands.
BLADE SHARPENING: To avoid weakening the blades, or causing
imbalance or poor cutting, the blades should be sharpened by trained
staff at an authorized Honda servicing dealer.
SPECIAL
WASHER (2)
BLADE
BOLT (2)
BLADE REPLACEMENT: Use genuine Honda replacement blades or
their equivalent (page 18).
Before blade removal, turn the fuel valve OFF. Disconnect the spark
plug cap, then tilt the mower to the right side, so that the air cleaner
side is up. This will help to prevent fuel leakage and hard starting due
to carburetor flooding.
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GRASS BAG
Engine Oil
Recommendations
Inspection
During normal use, the grass bag material is subject to deterioration
and wear.
NOTICE
Frequently inspect the grass bag for tears, holes, and excessive wear.
Check for necessary replacement. Make sure the new bag meets the
original specification.
Cleaning
Wash the bag with a garden hose, and allow it to dry completely
before use; a wet bag will clog quickly.
Oil is a major factor affecting
performance and service life.
Use 4-stroke automotive
detergent oil.
Always change the oil in
accordance with the
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE (page 8).
SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general use. Other viscosities
shown in the chart may be used when the average temperature in
your area is within the recommended range.
Replacement
The SAE oil viscosity and service classification are in the API label on
the oil container. Honda recommends API SERVICE category SJ or
later oil with the ILSAC “starburst” certification mark.
Replace a worn or damaged bag with a Honda replacement bag or its
equivalent (page 17).
Engine Oil Change
Drain the used oil while the engine is warm. Warm oil drains quickly
and completely.
BAG
Removal
1. Unclip the plastic edges of
the bag from the frame.
1. Turn the fuel valve OFF. This will reduce the possibility of fuel
leakage.
2. Remove the frame from
the bag.
2. Wipe the oil filler area clean, then remove the oil filler cap/dipstick.
PLASTIC EDGE
FRAME
Installation
1. Insert the frame into the
bag, as shown.
2. Clip the plastic edges of
the bag onto the frame, as
shown.
The used oil will drain
through the filler neck.
Allow the oil to drain
completely.
PLASTIC
EDGE
Please dispose of used motor oil and the containers in a manner
that is compatible with the environment. We suggest you take it in
a sealed container to your local recycling center or service station
for reclamation. Do not throw it in the trash, pour it on the ground,
or pour it down a drain.
ENGINE MAINTENANCE
Engine Oil Level Check
1. Unscrew and remove the
filler cap/dipstick and
wipe it clean.
4. Fill with the recommended oil.
Do not overfill. Allow a couple
of minutes for the oil to settle
in the engine, then measure
the oil level as shown.
2. Insert and remove the
dipstick without
screwing it into the
filler neck. Check the oil
level shown on the
dipstick.
3. If the oil level is low, add
oil to reach the upper
limit mark on the dipstick.
Do not overfill. If the
engine is overfilled, the
excess oil may get
transferred to the air
cleaner housing and air
cleaner filter.
NOTICE
FILLER
CAP/DIPSTICK
(Do not screw
in the dipstick
when checking
oil level)
UPPER
LIMIT
LOWER
LIMIT
NOTICE
Running the engine with a low oil level can cause engine damage.
This type of damage is not covered by the DISTRIBUTOR’S
LIMITED WARRANTY (page 18).
4. Screw in the filler cap/dipstick securely.
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3. Place a suitable
container next to the
mower to catch the
used oil, then tilt the
mower on its right
side.
Using nondetergent oil can
shorten the engine’s service
life, and using 2-stroke oil can
damage the engine.
Air Cleaner Service
A dirty air cleaner will restrict air flow to the carburetor, reducing
engine performance. If you operate the mower in very dusty areas,
clean the air cleaner more often than specified in the MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE (page 8).
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.
This type of damage is not covered by the DISTRIBUTOR’S LIMITED
WARRANTY (page 18).
FILTER
AIR CLEANER
HOUSING
COVER TABS
COVER
1. Press down on the cover tabs and remove the cover.
2. Remove the filter from the air cleaner housing.
3. Inspect the filter, and replace it if damaged.
4. Clean the filter by tapping it several times on a hard surface to
remove dirt, or blow compressed air (not exceeding 30 psi
[207 kPa]) through the filter from the inside. Never try to brush off
dirt; brushing will force dirt into the fibers.
5. Wipe dirt from the inside of the air cleaner housing and cover,
using a moist rag. Be careful to prevent dirt from entering the air
duct that leads to the carburetor.
6. Reinstall the filter and cover.
REGULAR
BP6ES
W20EP-U
RESISTOR*
BPR6ES
W20EPR-U
*Resistor spark plugs reduce interference with radio and
TV reception.
NOTICE
3. Inspect the spark plug.
Replace it if the
electrodes are worn, or if
the insulator is cracked
or chipped.
4. Measure the spark plug
electrode gap with a suitable
gauge. The gap should be
0.028 ~ 0.031 in (0.7 ~ 0.8
mm). Correct the gap, if
necessary, by carefully
bending the side electrode.
0.028 ~ 0.031 in
(0.7 ~ 0.8 mm)
SEALING
WASHER
5. Install the spark plug
carefully, by hand, to avoid
cross-threading.
6. After the spark plug seats, tighten with a 13/16 in (21 mm) spark
plug wrench to compress the washer.
If reinstalling the old spark plug, tighten 1/8 to 1/4 turn after the
spark plug seats.
NOTICE
A loose spark plug can overheat and damage the engine.
Overtightening the spark plug can damage the threads in the
cylinder head.
7. Install the spark plug cap on the spark plug.
Spark Arrester Service (optional equipment)
Incorrect spark plugs can cause engine damage.
For good performance, the spark plug must be properly gapped and
free of deposits.
1. Disconnect the spark
plug cap and remove
any dirt from around the
spark plug area.
SPARK PLUG WRENCH
If installing a new spark plug, tighten 1/2 turn after the spark plug
seats to compress the sealing washer.
Spark Plug Service
RECOMMENDED SPARK PLUGS
NGK
DENSO
2. Remove the spark plug
with a 13/16 in (21 mm)
spark plug wrench.
SPARK PLUG
Your lawn mower engine is not factory-equipped with a spark arrester.
In some areas it is illegal to operate an engine without a spark
arrester. Check local laws and regulations. In optional USDA
approved spark arrester is available from an authorized Honda
servicing dealer (see page 17).
SPARK
PLUG CAP
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TRANSPORTING
REFUELING
Honda recommends using a spill-proof fuel container (page 17).
This engine is certified to operate on unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane rating of 86 or higher.
Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. If the engine
has been running, allow it to cool first. Never refuel the engine inside a
building where gasoline fumes may reach flames or sparks.
You may use regular unleaded gasoline containing no more than 10%
Ethanol (E10) or 5% Methanol by volume. In addition, Methanol must
contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors. Use of fuels with content
of Ethanol or Methanol greater than shown above may cause starting
and/or performance problems. It may also damage metal, rubber, and
plastic parts of the fuel system. Engine damage or performance
problems that result from using a fuel with percentages of Ethanol or
Methanol greater than shown above are not covered by warranty.
If the engine has been running, allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes
before loading the mower on the transport vehicle. A hot engine and
exhaust system can burn you and can ignite some materials.
1. Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position (page 6). This will prevent
carburetor flooding and reduce the possibility of fuel leakage.
2. If installed, remove the grass bag.
If a suitable loading ramp is not available, two people should lift the
mower on and off the transport vehicle while holding the mower level.
Position the mower so all four wheels are on the bed of the transport
vehicle. Tie the mower down with rope or straps, and block the
wheels. Keep the tie-down rope or straps away from the controls,
adjustment levers, cables, and the carburetor.
The handlebar can be folded so the mower will take up less space
(page 13).
 WARNING
STORAGE
Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive.
You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel.
• Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away.
• Handle fuel only outdoors.
• Wipe up spills immediately.
Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture.
Avoid getting dirt or water in the fuel tank.
To refuel, remove the fuel tank
cap, and fill the tank with
gasoline to the bottom of the
filler neck. Refuel carefully to
avoid spilling fuel. Do not
overfill. There should be no fuel
in the filler neck.
PREPARING FOR STORAGE
Proper storage preparation is essential for keeping your lawn mower
trouble free and looking good. The following steps will help to keep
rust and corrosion from impairing your lawn mower’s function and
appearance, and will make the engine easier to start when you use
the lawn mower again.
Cleaning
Engine
Wash the engine by hand, and be careful to prevent water from
entering the air cleaner.
NOTICE
Using a garden hose or pressure washing equipment can force water
into the air cleaner. Water in the air cleaner will soak the paper
element and can enter the carburetor or engine cylinder, causing
damage.
Water contacting a hot engine can cause damage. If the engine has
been running, allow it to cool for at least half an hour before washing.
Mower Deck
MAXIMUM FUEL LEVEL
After refueling, tighten the fuel
tank cap until it clicks.
FUEL CAP
Move the mower at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from the fueling
source and site before starting the engine.
NOTICE
Fuel can damage paint and plastic. Be careful not to spill fuel when
filling your fuel tank. Damage caused by spilled fuel is not covered by
the DISTRIBUTOR’S LIMITED WARRANTY (page 18).
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Wash the lawn mower, including the underside of the mower deck.
If using a garden hose or pressure washing equipment to clean the
mower deck, be careful to avoid getting water into controls and
cables, or anywhere near the engine air cleaner or muffler opening.
Before washing the underside of the mower deck, be sure the fuel
valve is in the OFF position. Disconnect the spark plug cap. Rest the
mower on its right side, so the air cleaner side is up. This will help to
prevent fuel leakage and hard starting due to carburetor flooding.
Wear heavy gloves to protect your hands from the blades.
Grass Bag
Remove the bag from the mower, and wash it with a garden hose or
pressure washing equipment. Allow the bag to dry completely before
storage.
Drying
1. After washing the lawn mower, wipe dry all accessible surfaces.
2. With the mower in an upright position, start the engine outdoors,
engage the blade control lever and the Roto-Stop lever, and let the
engine run until it reaches normal operating temperature to
evaporate any water remaining on the engine.
3. Stop the engine and allow it to cool.
4. After the lawn mower is clean and dry, touch up any damaged
paint (touch-up paint part number is on page 17), and coat other
areas that may rust with a light film of oil.
2. To drain the fuel tank,
turn the fuel valve ON
(page 6). This will allow
fuel in the fuel tank to
drain out through the
carburetor bowl.
3. After the fuel is
completely drained,
reinstall the drain bolt.
DRAIN BOLT
Fuel
Engine Oil
Gasoline will oxidize and deteriorate in storage. Old gasoline will
cause hard starting, and it leaves gum deposits that clog the fuel
system. If the gasoline in your mower deteriorates during storage, you
may need to have the carburetor and other fuel system components
serviced or replaced.
Change the engine oil (page 10).
The length of time that gasoline can be left in your fuel tank and
carburetor without causing functional problems will vary with such
factors as gasoline blend, your storage temperatures, and whether
the fuel tank is partially or completely filled. The air in a partially filled
fuel tank promotes fuel deterioration. Very warm storage
temperatures accelerate fuel deterioration. Fuel deterioration
problems may occur within a few months, or even less if the gasoline
was not fresh when you filled the fuel tank.
The DISTRIBUTOR’S LIMITED WARRANTY (page 18) does not
cover fuel system damage or engine performance problems resulting
from neglected storage preparation.
You can extend fuel storage life by adding a gasoline stabilizer that is
formulated for that purpose, or you can avoid fuel deterioration
problems by draining all the fuel from the fuel tank and carburetor.
Adding a Fuel Stabilizer
When adding a fuel stabilizer (page 17), fill the fuel tank with fresh
gasoline. If only partially filled, air in the tank will promote fuel
deterioration during storage. If you keep a container of gasoline for
refueling, be sure that it contains only fresh gasoline.
1. Add fuel stabilizer following the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. After adding a fuel stabilizer, run the engine outdoors for
10 minutes to be sure that the treated gasoline has replaced the
untreated gasoline in the carburetor.
3. Turn the engine OFF and turn the fuel valve to the OFF position.
Draining the Carburetor and Fuel Tank
1. Make sure the fuel valve is OFF. Remove the carburetor drain bolt
with a 10 mm wrench, and drain the fuel from the carburetor bowl
into an approved container.
Engine Cylinder
1. Remove the spark plug (page 11).
2. Pour a teaspoon (5 ~ 10 cc) of clean engine oil into the cylinder to
keep it from rusting.
3. Pull the starter rope several times to distribute the oil in the
cylinder.
4. Reinstall the spark plug.
5. Pull the starter rope slowly until resistance is felt, and then return
the starter grip gently. This will close the valves so moisture cannot
enter the engine cylinder.
Handlebar Folding
The handlebar can be folded for storage or transport by twisting the
handlebar adjust knobs.
1. Remove the grass
bag. You can place it
on top of the engine,
with the bag opening
to the front.
HANDLEBAR ADJUST KNOB (2)
2. Turn the handlebar
adjust knobs 90
degrees to release
the locating pins, and
then swing the
handlebar forward.
Prevent the cables
from getting pinched
or kinked.
When unfolding the handlebar, be sure to lock the adjust knobs to
secure the handlebar in the mowing position (page 3).
 WARNING
Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive.
You can be burned or seriously injured when handling
fuel.
• Stop engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away.
• Handle fuel only outdoors.
• Wipe up spills immediately.
If you only need to drain the carburetor, skip to step 3.
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PLACING IN STORAGE
Loss of Power
If your mower 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. Also avoid any area with a spark-producing electric
motor or where power tools are operated.
If possible, avoid storage areas with high humidity to prevent rust and
corrosion.
Make sure the fuel valve is in the OFF position to reduce the
possibility of fuel leakage.
The handlebar can be folded for compact storage.
With the engine and exhaust system cool, cover the mower to keep
out dust. A hot engine and exhaust system can ignite or melt some
materials. Do not use sheet plastic as a dust cover. A nonporous
cover will trap moisture around the mower, promoting rust and
corrosion.
REMOVING FROM STORAGE
Correction
Throttle not set to FAST
Move the throttle to FAST (page 6).
Grass is too tall to cut
Raise the cutting height (page 5), cut a
narrower swath, use a slower ground
speed (page 7), or cut more frequently.
Mower deck is clogged
Clean out the mower deck (page 12).
Air filter is clogged
Clean or replace the air filter
(page 10).
Bad fuel; mower stored without
treating or draining gasoline, or
refueled with bad gasoline
Drain the fuel tank and carburetor
(page 13).
Refuel with fresh gasoline (page 12).
Fuel filter clogged, carburetor
malfunction, ignition malfunction,
valves stuck, etc.
Take the mower to an authorized
Honda servicing dealer for repair.
Vibration
Possible Cause
Check your mower as described in BEFORE OPERATION (page 4).
If the fuel was drained during storage preparation, fill the tank with
fresh gasoline. If you keep a container of gasoline for refueling, be
sure that it contains only fresh gasoline. Gasoline oxidizes and
deteriorates over time, causing hard starting.
If the cylinder was coated with oil during storage preparation, the
engine will smoke briefly at startup. This is normal.
TAKING CARE OF
UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS
Engine Will Not Start
Possible Cause
Possible Cause
Correction
Correction
Grass and debris lodged under
the mower deck
Clean out the mower deck (page 12).
Blades loose, bent, damaged, or
unbalanced by improper
sharpening
Tighten loose blade bolts (page 9).
If blades are found to be bent or
damaged, take the lawn mower to an
authorized Honda servicing dealer for
inspection.
Mechanical damage, such as a
bent crankshaft
Take the mower to an authorized
Honda servicing dealer for repair.
Mowing and Bagging Problems
Possible Cause
Correction
Engine speed is too slow to cut
well
Move the throttle lever to the FAST
position (page 6).
Mower is moving too fast for lawn
conditions
Turn the Smart Drive control to a
slower speed (page 7).
Cutting height adjustment levers
set at different positions
Set all levers at the same cutting height
position (page 5).
Grass bag overfilled or clogged
Empty the grass bag. Wash the grass
bag if it is clogged with dirt (page 10).
Mower deck is clogged
Clean out the mower deck (page 12).
Fuel valve OFF
Turn the fuel valve ON (page 6).
Throttle lever in the wrong
position
Move the throttle lever to the CHOKE
position, unless the engine is warm
(page 6).
Out of fuel
Refuel (page 12).
Bad fuel; mower stored without
treating or draining gasoline, or
refueled with bad gasoline
Drain the fuel tank and carburetor
(page 13).
Refuel with fresh gasoline (page 12).
Spark plug faulty, fouled, or
improperly gapped
Gap or replace the spark plug
(page 11).
Blades dull, worn, or damaged
Sharpen or replace the blades if
necessary (page 9).
Spark plug wet with fuel (flooded
engine)
Dry and reinstall the spark plug.
Wrong blades installed
Install correct blades (page 17).
Fuel filter clogged, carburetor
malfunction, ignition malfunction,
valves stuck, etc.
Take the mower to an authorized
Honda servicing dealer for repair.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
Source of Emissions
SERIAL NUMBER LOCATIONS
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.
Honda utilizes appropriate air/fuel ratios and other emissions control
systems to reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide, oxides of
nitrogen, and hydrocarbons. Additionally, Honda fuel systems utilize
components and control technologies to reduce evaporative
emissions.
The U.S., California Clean Air Act and Environment
Canada
ENGINE
SERIAL
NUMBER
EPA, California and Canadian regulations require all manufacturers to
furnish written instructions describing the operation and maintenance
of emissions control systems.
MODEL NAME
AND FRAME
SERIAL NUMBER
HRR2164VXA
MZCG_XXXXXX
XX
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.
ALPHARETTA, GA 30005-8847
There are two serial numbers, one for the engine and one for the
mower frame. Record the engine and frame serial numbers in the
space below. You will need these serial numbers when ordering parts
and when making technical or warranty inquiries.
The following instructions and procedures must be followed in order to
keep the emissions from your Honda engine within the emissions
standards.
Tampering and Altering
Tampering with or altering the emissions 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
systems.
• Altering or defeating the speed-adjusting mechanism to cause the
engine to operate outside its design parameters.
Engine serial number:_____________________________________
Problems That May Affect Emissions
Frame serial number: _____________________________________
If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have your engine
inspected and repaired by your servicing dealer.
Date of purchase: ________________________________________
• Hard starting or stalling after starting
CARBURETOR MODIFICATION FOR HIGH
ALTITUDE OPERATION
• Rough idle
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.
Operation at an altitude that differs from that at which this engine was
certified, for extended periods of time, may increase emissions.
• Afterburning (backfiring)
High altitude performance can be improved by specific modifications
to the carburetor. If you always operate your lawn mower at altitudes
above 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), have your servicing dealer perform
this carburetor modification. This engine, when operated at high
altitude with the carburetor modifications for high altitude use, will
meet each emission standard throughout its useful life.
Even with carburetor modification, engine horsepower will decrease
about 3.5% for each 1,000-foot (300-meter) increase in altitude. The
effect of altitude on horsepower will be greater than this if no
carburetor modification is made.
NOTICE
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 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) 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.
• Misfiring or backfiring under load
• Black exhaust smoke or high fuel consumption
Replacement Parts
The emissions control systems on your new Honda engine were
designed, built, and certified to conform with EPA, California and
Canadian emissions 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 emissions
control system.
A manufacturer of an aftermarket part assumes the responsibility that
the part will not adversely affect emissions 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 emissions
regulations.
Maintenance
Follow the MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE on page 8. Remember 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.
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AIR INDEX
Transmission Design and Performance
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. The lower
the Air Index, the less pollution.
The durability description is intended to provide you with information
relating the engine’s emission durability period. The descriptive term
indicates the useful life period for the engine’s emission control
system. See your EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY
(page 19) for additional information.
Descriptive Term
Applicable to Emissions
Durability Period
Moderate
50 hours (0–80 cc inclusive)
125 hours (greater than 80 cc)
Intermediate
125 hours (0–80 cc inclusive)
250 hours (greater than 80 cc)
Extended
300 hours (0–80 cc inclusive)
500 hours (greater than 80 cc)
1000 hours (225 cc and greater)
The Air Index Information hang tag/label must remain on the lawn
mower until it is sold. Remove the hang tag before operating the lawn
mower.
SPECIFICATIONS
Mower Model
HRR216VXA
Honda rotary mower, grass bag,
variable speed transmission,
21 inch mower deck
Maintenance
Unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane rating of 86 or higher
page 12
Engine Oil
SAE 10W-30, API SJ or later
* Refill amount: 12.0 ~ 13.5 oz
(0.35 ~ 0.40 )
page 10
Regular: NGK- BP6ES or
DENSO: W20EP-U
Resistor: NGK - BPR6ES or
DENSO - W20EPR-U
page 11
2,950 ~ 3,100 rpm
Shop
manual
Maximum
Governed
Speed
Smart Drive
Cable
Throttle Cable
Blade Bolt
Torque
Maximum Mower
Ground Speed
(engine at 3,100 rpm)
0 ~ 3.8 mph
(0 ~ 6.1 km/h)
Tuneup
Spark Plug Gap
0.028 ~ 0.031 in
(0.7 ~ 0.8 mm)
page 11
Idle Speed
(throttle lever at SLOW)
1,700 ± 150 rpm
Shop
manual
Valve Clearance (cold)
Intake: 0.15 ± 0.04 mm
Exhaust: 0.20 ± 0.04 mm
Shop
manual
Other Specifications
No other adjustments needed.
Dimensions, Weights and Capacities
Overall Length
63.0 in (1600 mm)
Width at Mower Deck
Overall Height
23 in (585 mm)
40.4 in (1027 mm)
Dry Weight
97.2 lb (44.1 kg)
Wheelbase
24.8 in (630 mm)
Cutting Width
21 in (530 mm)
Approximate Cutting
Height
(7 adjustable positions)
3/4 ~ 4 in
(20 ~ 100 mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity
0.25 US gal (0.93 l)
Engine Oil Capacity
0.58 US qt (0.55 l)
Adjust for proper operation.
Engine Model
GCV160
Engine Type
4-stroke, overhead-cam, single-cylinder,
forced air-cooled
Displacement
9.8 cu in
(160 cc)
Bore and Stroke
Compression Ratio
**
Adjust for proper choke operation and
maximum governed speed.
Shop
manual
36 ~ 43 ft-lb
(49 ~ 59 N•m)
page 9
* Approximate value. Actual amount will vary due to residual oil
remaining in the engine. Always check the level using the dipstick
(see page 10).
** See the FAQ section of the Honda Power Equipment web site.
Visit www.hondapowerequipment.com/faq.htm
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Variable speed
Thumb or hand operation (twist grip)
Engine Design and Performance
Fuel
Spark Plug
Type
Transmission Type
Ignition System
Net Power
Net Maximum Torque
2.52 x 1.97 in
(64 x 50 mm)
8.5:1
Transistorized magneto
4.4 hp (3.3 kW)
6.9 ft-lb (9.4 N•m)
CONSUMER INFORMATION
REPLACEMENT PARTS,
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT, AND SERVICE ITEMS
Contact an authorized Honda servicing dealer to purchase any of
these (or other) genuine, original Honda items for your lawn mower.
Replacement Parts
Item
Part Number
Notes
Spark plug
98079-56846
NGK (brand) BPR6ES
Air filter
17211-ZL8-023
Paper
Lower blade
72511-VE1-020
Upper blade
72531-VE2-020
Always use an upper
and lower blade
Grass bag
81320-VL0-B00
Fabric bag only, no
frame
Wheel/tire
44710-VH7-000ZA
Front
42710-VH7-000ZA
Rear
Optional Equipment
Item
Spark arrester
parts
Part Number
Arrester and deflector
18356-ZL8-000
ID Plate
90055-ZE1-000
Screw (two required)
Side discharge
chute kit
06814-VG4-010
Fast funnel
08C25-FST-000
Disposable and
spill-free
Lawn mower
cover
08P59-VE2-000AH
Universal cover for
storage
5.0 US gal
06176-1415
Package of 4–see your
authorized Honda
dealer
Service Items
Item
Part Number
Visit www.hondapowerequipment.com
CUSTOMER SERVICE INFORMATION
Honda Power Equipment dealership personnel are trained
professionals. They should be able to answer any question you may
have. If you encounter a problem that your dealer does not solve to
your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership's management.
The Service Manager or General Manager can help. Almost all
problems are solved in this way.
If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership's
management, contact the Honda Power Equipment Customer
Relations Office. You can write:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Power Equipment Division
Customer Relations Office
4900 Marconi Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30005-8847
Or telephone: (770) 497-6400 M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET
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•
•
•
•
•
Model and serial numbers (page 15)
Name of the dealer who sold the lawn mower to you
Name and address of the dealer who services your lawn mower
Date of purchase
Your name, address, and telephone number
A detailed description of the problem
Honda Publications
Spill-proof fuel container (EPA/CARB approved)
06176-1405
To find an Authorized Honda Servicing Dealer anywhere in the United
States:
When you write or call, please give us this information:
Notes
18350-ZL8-000
2.5 US gal
DEALER LOCATOR INFORMATION
These publications will give you additional information for maintaining
and repairing your lawn mower.
Shop Manual - This manual covers complete maintenance and
overhaul procedures. It is intended to be used by a skilled technician.
Available through your Honda dealer or through
Helm Inc. at (888) 292-5395
or visit www.hondapowerequipment.com
Parts Catalog - This manual provides complete, illustrated parts lists,
and is available through your Honda dealer.
Frequently Asked Questions - The Honda Power Equipment web
site provides additional information for users of Honda power
equipment. Visit www.hondapowerequipment.com
Notes
SAE 10W-30
engine oil
08207-10W30
Genuine Honda
recommended oil
Fuel stabilizer
08732-0001
For long term storage
Matte black
touch-up paint
(aerosol can)
08707-NH105
For handlebar only
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DISTRIBUTOR'S LIMITED WARRANTY
This warranty is limited to the following Honda Power Equipment products
when distributed by:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Power Equipment Division,
4900 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta, Georgia 30005-8847.
PRODUCTS COVERED BY
LENGTH OF WARRANTY
THIS WARRANTY
(from date of original retail purchase)
Noncommercial/
Nonrental
HRR Lawn Mowers
36 months
Commercial/
Rental
3 months
ACCESSORIES, REPLACEMENT PARTS, AND
APPAREL WARRANTY
This warranty is limited to Honda Power Equipment parts, accessories and
apparel when distributed by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.,
4900 Marconi Drive, Alpharetta, Georgia 30005-8847.
PRODUCTS COVERED
BY THIS WARRANTY
LENGTH OF WARRANTY
(from date of original retail purchase)
Noncommercial/Nonrental
Commercial/Rental
Accessories
12 months
3 months
Replacement Parts
6 months
3 months
Apparel
6 months
3 months
To Qualify For This Warranty:
To Qualify for this Warranty:
The product must be purchased in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S.
Virgin Islands from American Honda or a dealer authorized by American
Honda to sell those products. This warranty applies to first retail purchaser and
each subsequent owner during the applicable warranty time period.
1. The accessories, replacement parts, or apparel must be purchased from
American Honda, or a dealer, distributor or distributor’s dealer authorized
by American Honda to sell those products in the United States, Puerto
Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Parts and Accessories must be
purchased for installation on original Honda equipment or engines to be
eligible for warranty coverage. Installing Parts and Accessories on
non-Honda products or engines voids this warranty.
2. You must be the first retail purchaser. This warranty is not transferable to
subsequent owners.
What American Honda Will Repair Or Replace Under
Warranty:
American Honda will repair or replace, at its option, any part that is proven to
be defective in material or workmanship under normal use during the
applicable warranty time period. Warranty repairs and replacements will be
made without charge for parts or labor. Anything replaced under warranty
becomes the property of American Honda Motor Company, Inc. All parts
replaced under warranty will be considered as part of the original product and
any warranty on those parts will expire coincident with the original product
warranty.
To Obtain Warranty Service:
You must take the Honda Power Equipment product, accessory, replacement
part, apparel or the power equipment on which the accessory or replacement
part is installed, and proof of purchase, at your expense, to any Honda Power
Equipment dealer in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands
who is authorized to sell that product, during the dealer’s normal business
hours. If you are unable to obtain warranty service, or are dissatisfied with the
warranty service you receive, take the following steps: First, contact the owner
of the dealership involved; normally this will resolve the problem. However, if
you should require further assistance, write or call the Power Equipment
Customer Relations Department of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Power Equipment Customer Relations Dept.
4900 Marconi Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30005-8847
Telephone: (770) 497-6400
Exclusions:
This warranty does not extend to parts affected or damaged by accident and/or
collision, normal wear, fuel contamination or deterioration, use in an
application for which the product was not designed or any other misuse,
neglect, incorporation or use of unsuitable attachments or parts, unauthorized
alteration, or any causes other than defects in material or workmanship of the
product.
The mower blades and mower deck housings, are specifically not warranted
against impact damage, including but not limited to, abrasive damage.
Disclaimer of Consequential Damage and Limitation of
Implied Warranties:
American Honda disclaims any responsibility for loss of time or use of the
product, transportation, commercial loss, or any other incidental or
consequential damage. Any implied warranties are limited to the duration of
this written limited warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long
an implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusions and limitations
may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
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What American Honda will Repair or Replace Under
Warranty:
American Honda will repair or replace, at its option, any power equipment
accessories, replacement parts, or apparel that are proven to be defective in
material or workmanship under normal use during the applicable warranty time
period. Anything replaced under warranty becomes the property of American
Honda Motor Company, Inc. All parts replaced under warranty will be
considered as part of the original product and any warranty on those parts will
expire coincident with the original product warranty.
Accessories and replacement parts, installed by a dealer who is authorized by
American Honda to sell them, will be repaired or replaced under warranty
without charge for parts or labor. If installed by anyone else, accessories and
replacement parts will be repaired or replaced under warranty without charge
for parts, but any labor charges will be the responsibility of the purchaser.
Apparel will be repaired or replaced under warranty without any charge.
To Obtain Warranty Service:
You must take the Honda Power Equipment accessory, replacement part,
apparel or the power equipment on which the accessory or replacement part is
installed, and proof of purchase, at your expense, to any Honda Power
Equipment dealer in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands
who is authorized to service that product, during the dealer's normal business
hours. If you are unable to obtain warranty service, or are dissatisfied with the
warranty service you receive, take the following steps: First, contact the owner
of the dealership involved; normally this will resolve the problem. However, if
you should require further assistance, write or call the Power Equipment
Customer Relations Department of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Refer to
page 17 for contact information.
Exclusions:
This warranty does not extend to accessories, parts, or apparel affected or
damaged by accident and/or collision, normal wear, use in an application for
which the product was not designed, or any other misuse, neglect,
incorporation or use of unsuitable attachments or parts, unauthorized
alteration, improper installation, or any causes other than defects in material or
workmanship of the product. Installing Parts and Accessories on non-Honda
products or engines voids this warranty.
Mower blades and mower deck housings, are specifically not warranted
against impact damage, including but not limited to, abrasive damage.
Disclaimer of Consequential Damage and Limitation of
Implied Warranties:
American Honda disclaims any responsibility for loss of time or use of the
product, or the power equipment on which the product is installed,
transportation, commercial loss, or any other incidental or consequential
damage. Any implied warranties are limited to the duration of this written
warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above exclusions and limitations may not
apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY
Your new Honda Power Equipment engine complies with the U.S. EPA,
Environment Canada and State of California emission regulations. American
Honda Motor Co., Inc. provides the emission warranty coverage for engines in
the United States, and its territories. Honda Canada Inc. provides the emission
warranty for engines in the 13 provinces and territories of Canada. In the
remainder of this Emission Control System Warranty, American Honda Motor
Company Inc. and Honda Canada Inc. will be referred to as Honda.
Your Warranty Rights And Obligations:
California
The California Air Resources Board and Honda are pleased to explain the
emission control system warranty on your Honda Power Equipment engine. In
California, new utility and lawn and garden equipment engines must be
designed, built and equipped to meet the State's stringent anti-smog
standards.
Other States, U.S. territories and Canada
In other areas of the United States and in Canada, your engine must be
designed, built, and equipped to meet the U.S. EPA and Environment Canada
emission standards for spark-ignited engines at or below 19 kilowatts.
All of the United States and Canada
Honda must warrant the emission control system on your power equipment
engine for the period of time listed below provided there has been no abuse,
neglect or improper maintenance of your power equipment engine. Where a
warrantable condition exists, Honda will repair your power equipment engine at
no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
Your emission control system may include such parts as the carburetor or fuel
injection system, the ignition system, and catalytic converter. Also included
may be hoses, connectors and other emission-related assemblies.
Manufacturer's Warranty Coverage:
The 1995 and later power equipment engines are warranted for two years. If
any emission-related part on your engine is defective, the part will be repaired
or replaced by Honda.
Owner's Warranty Responsibility:
As the power equipment engine owner, you are responsible for the
performance of the required maintenance listed in your owner's manual.
Honda recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your
power equipment engine, but Honda cannot deny warranty coverage solely for
the lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of all
scheduled maintenance.
As the power equipment engine owner, you should however be aware that
Honda may deny you warranty coverage if your power equipment engine or a
part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved
modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your power equipment engine to a Honda
Power Equipment dealer as soon as a problem exists. The warranty repairs
should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities,
you should write or call the Honda office in your region.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Power Equipment Customer
Relations
4900 Marconi Drive
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005-8847
Telephone: (770) 497-6400
or
Honda Canada Inc.
Power Equipment Customer
Relations
715 Milner Avenue
Toronto, ON M1B 2K8
Telephone: (888) 946-6329
Warranty Coverage:
Honda power equipment engines manufactured after January 1, 1995 and sold
in the State of California, and U.S. EPA certified engines manufactured on or
after September 1, 1996 and sold in all of the United States, and Canadian
certified engines manufactured on or after January 1, 2005 are covered by this
warranty for a period of two years from the date of delivery to the original retail
purchaser. This warranty is transferable to each subsequent purchaser for the
duration of the warranty period.
Warranty repairs will be made without charge for diagnosis, parts or labor. All
defective parts replaced under this warranty become the property of Honda.
Warranted parts are listed under Emission Control System Warranty Parts.
Normal maintenance items, such as spark plugs and filters, that are on the
warranted parts list are warranted up to their required replacement interval
only.
Only Honda approved replacement parts may be used in the performance of
any warranty repairs and must be provided without charge to the owner. The
use of replacement parts not equivalent to the original parts may impair the
effectiveness of your engine emission control system. If such a replacement
part is used in the repair or maintenance of your engine, and an authorized
Honda dealer determines it is defective or causes a failure of a warranted part,
your claim for repair of your engine may be denied. If the part in question is not
related to the reason your engine requires repair, your claim will not be denied.
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 Honda to sell and service that Honda product during his normal
business hours. Claims for repair or adjustment found to be caused solely by
defects in material or workmanship will not be denied because the engine was
not properly maintained and used.
If you are unable to obtain warranty service, or are dissatisfied with the
warranty service you received, contact the owner of the dealership involved.
Normally this should resolve your problem. However, if you require further
assistance, write or call the Power Equipment Customer Relations Department
of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Refer to page 17 for contact 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.
This warranty does not cover replacement of expendable maintenance items
made in connection with required maintenance services after the item's first
scheduled replacement as listed in the maintenance section of the product
owner's manual, such as: spark plugs and filters.
Disclaimer of Consequential Damage and Limitation of
Implied Warranties:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda Canada Inc. disclaim any
responsibility for incidental or consequential damages such as loss of time or
the use of the power equipment, or any commercial loss due to the failure of
the equipment; and any implied warranties are limited to the duration of this
written warranty. This warranty is applicable only where the California, U.S.
EPA or Environment Canada Emission Control System Warranty regulation is
in effect.
Emission Control System Warranty Parts:
SYSTEMS COVERED
BY THIS WARRANTY:
PARTS
DESCRIPTION:
Fuel Metering
Carburetor assembly, (includes starting enrichment
system), Engine temperature sensor, Engine control
module, Fuel regulator, Intake manifold
Evaporative
Fuel tank, Fuel cap, Fuel hoses, Vapor hoses,
Carbon canister, Canister mounting brackets,
Fuel strainer, Fuel cock, Fuel pump, Fuel hose joint,
Seal cap, Canister purge hose joint
Exhaust
Catalyst, Exhaust manifold
Air Induction
Air filter housing, Air filter element*,
Crankcase breather tube
Ignition
Flywheel magneto, Ignition pulse generator,
Crankshaft position sensor, Power coil, Ignition coil
assembly, Ignition control module, Spark plug cap,
Spark plug*
Miscellaneous Parts
Tubing, fittings, seals, gaskets, and clamps
associated with these listed systems.
Note: This list applies to parts supplied by Honda and does not cover parts
supplied by the equipment manufacturer. Please see the original
equipment manufacturer’s emissions warranty for non-Honda parts.
* Covered up to the first required replacement only.
See the MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE on page 8.
Honda is also liable for damages to other engine components caused by a
failure of any warranted part during the warranty period.
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