Tiller Service

Why it's important to service your Honda tiller

Power products are designed to undertake difficult tasks. Proper maintenance and service is critical to ensure reliable performance and a long lasting product. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule in the Owner’s Manual, and make sure you use genuine Honda parts if you want to maintain your product yourself.

For your safety, and to maximize the service life of your tiller, it is very important to perform a pre-operation check before every use. Get familiar with the Safety Warnings and Cautions in the Owner’s manual. Always check your unit with the engine OFF and the spark plug cap removed. If you find a problem, have your authorized Honda dealer correct the issue before you operate the tiller.

Improper maintenance or failure to correct a problem before operating your tiller could cause a malfunction which may cause serious injuries.

Before each use (if applicable)

  • Examine the rotating tines for sharpness and/or damage
  • Check your engine, transmission, and rotary oil level
  • Inspect the air filter for dirt and debris
  • Check the fuel level
  • Look around the engine for signs of oil or gasoline leaks

Refer to your maintenance schedule included in your owner’s manual for any additional information on what service should be performed on your Honda tiller.

Air Filter

Use a genuine Honda air filter for the best engine performance and durability.

Spark Plug

Start every time with a genuine Honda spark plug.

Fuel

Clean and new fuel = Better engine performance and reliability.

Engine Oil

Genuine Honda power equipment oil is made specifically for your Honda engine, and is essential for the best engine performance and reliability.

Engine Oil

Oil changes are a major factor that can affect the performance and service life of your Honda. Oil is responsible for lubricating and protecting internal engine components subject to extreme pressure. It is important to check the level of your engine oil to ensure it’s not running low. Before each use, check the engine oil level with the engine stopped, and with the unit on a level surface.

Engine oil can become contaminated with dirt during improper installation or maintenance, that’s why it is preferable to have your oil change performed by an authorized Honda Dealer who will use genuine Honda power equipment engine oil.

For more information refer to your owner’s manual or speak to your Honda dealer.

Air Filter

A clean air filter = longer engine life and improved performance. The air filter protects against dirt and debris from entering the engine chamber, which can cause premature engine wear. This type of damage is not covered by the Distributor’s Limited Warranty.

A dirty air filter will restrict air flow to the carburetor, affecting engine performance and durability. If your carburetor is obstructed you will experience engine problems. If you operate the tiller in very dusty conditions, clean and/or replace the air filter more often than specified in the Maintenance Schedule.

The air filter should be inspected as recommended in the owner’s manual. For more information refer to your owner’s manual or speak to your Honda dealer.

Spark Plug

The spark plug is what "fires" the engine of your tiller. A malfunctioning spark plug may cause many symptoms including hard starting, misfire, lack of power, and black exhaust smoke. The spark plug should be inspected for cracks or chips. Visit your Honda dealer for a replacement spark plug.

For more information refer to your owner's manual or speak to your Honda dealer.

Fuel

Improper fuel maintenance is the primary cause of starting difficulties and poor performance. Fuel is a volatile, unstable substance, that’s what makes it so easy to ignite, but that also means it can evaporate and “go stale”. This causes the fuel to lose its ability to burn efficiently, and can leave a gummy residue which often clogs the small passages in the carburetor, causing problems ranging from hard starting and unstable rpm to no-start conditions and more serious engine problems. Depending on conditions, fuel can deteriorate in as little as 30 to 60 days. This can be prevented somewhat by adding fuel stabilizer to you fuel system, but it is also a good idea to drain the carburetor. The fuel tank and/or fuel filter also require periodic inspection for rust and other forms of contamination, and the fuel lines should be checked to signs of cracking due to ageing, and replaced if necessary.

For more information refer to your owner's manual or speak to your Honda dealer.

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