Troubleshooting Honda Whipper Snippers That Won’t Start

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Whilst trimming your lawn can be a simple and straightforward task, when your Honda whipper snipper is on the fritz it can be a downright nightmare.

Troubleshooting Honda Whipper Snippers

Whilst trimming your lawn can be a simple and straightforward task, when your Honda whipper snipper is on the fritz it can be a downright nightmare. Even this well-known brand can malfunction and refuse to start if there is something wrong; fortunately, troubleshooting the problem can prove to be fairly easy. The next time your machine refuses to start, don’t get frustrated! Instead, inspect it for one of these common problems and repair it accordingly.

Fuel Issues

If your whipper snipper is fuel-powered and refuses to start, it makes sense that the issue could be fuel-related. Begin by checking whether there is enough fuel in the tank; if the level is low, the machine might refuse to start. If the fuel is old (from last season, for example), it should be drained and replaced; ensure that you have the correct mixture of 2-cycle oil and petrol. Most manufacturers recommend using unleaded petrol and a ratio of 40 parts petrol to 1 part oil.

Spark Plug Issues

If the machine refuses to respond in any way, shape or form when you try to start it, the problem could lie in a dirty or faulty spark plug. Begin by removing the plug and giving it a careful (but thorough) clean with a wire brush; this will remove any corrosion or dirt that has accumulated. If the machine still refuses to start, remove the cover and replace the spark plug with a brand new one. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully to avoid accidental starting (which can result in injury).

Other Malfunctions

Occasionally, too many attempts to start the machine can result in a flooded engine. If this occurs, move the choke lever to ‘run’ and pull the cord to remove excess fuel (this may need to be repeated several times until the engine starts). A clogged air filter could also be the cause; check it thoroughly for dirt and debris. If required, give the filter a clean or replace it. A dirty or clogged fuel filter may also be the culprit; remove the old filter and replace it with a brand new one.

Electrical Issues

If your Honda whipper snipper is electrically powered and refuses to start, it makes sense that the issue could be electrical-related. Check that the extension cord (if there is one) is firmly plugged into both the machine and the electrical outlet. You could also try swapping the extension cord for a new one, as a faulty cord could be the problem. You should also check that the switch is in the ‘on’ position and perform a quick check of the fuse or circuit breaker.

Whilst a Honda whipper snipper that refuses to start can be annoying (especially if you need to tend to your lawn straight away), the good news is that the issue is likely a common one. If you have attempted each of the troubleshooting tips we have outlined above, however, and the machine still shows no sign of starting, we recommend taking it to see a professional. There could be a more serious underlying problem that requires a mechanic’s attention.

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