Hi all this is my first post and whole reason for joining I have
inherited my dads Petrol Honda HRX537 hydrostatic Mulching key start
mower in near showroom condition .
Problem I have with it now is 1: I cannot find the the battery charger
to use the key start , which hence does anyone know where I may find one
2: It starts by pulley, but I want to use the key start for reasons its
easier to do this way , it turns over but nothing happens when I use the
key start .Can anyone think what problem may be ??
Have you considered asking Honda where to get a charger or if in fact it is
Is the external charger the only way to recharge it or is the model
self-charging? I don't know but if it recharges itself, running it for a
while after a manual start might do the trick. Maybe you could begin by
downloading the product manual from Honda, this may be better than guessing.
If you really need an external charger make sure the voltage is correct
(perhaps get one to suit it from your nearest Honda agent?), many smaller
motors are 6V systems while cars are usually 12V.
My mower battery charger was a 12v wall wart, about 700mv, with a
unique plug to match the battery plug. An overnight battery charge by
something that small was needed every couple of weeks. The battery
was about the size of an emergency exit light battery. I finally gave
the mower away to a needy old man.
My battery start Honda used a sealed battery with a wire & plug that
plugged into the mower wire harness. No way to use a automobile
charger. I went thru 2 batteries before I modified the mower to use a
motorcycle battery & auto charger. Looked bad but worked good.
The OP says it *starts* manually ("by pulley"). If it starts manually
then the gas/carborator is fine. The OP says with key start "it turns
over but nothing happens"... I'll assume "nothing happens" means it
does not start... the only thing I can conclude is that if it turns
over but doesn't start the battery is too weak to crank the motor fast
enough to start. I will assume that with that model the battery
normally charges while the engine is running, so start it with the
crank and let it run for about ten minutes. Then shut it off and try
the key start, if it still won't start I will assume the battery may
not hold enough charge and it needs a new battery... but maybe it
doesn't charge while running and the battery needs to be charged with
a battery charger... everyone who owns any battery start vehicals
needs a battery charger anyway... a very serviceable charger for home
use costs less than $50. Had I inherited a Honda mower that was
problematic first thing I'd do is bring it to an authorized repair
shop for a tune up... Honda mowers are quite expensive so are worth
the cost of a pro diagnosis/tune up... electric start models can cost
well over $1,000. It's silly to ask folks who don't even know which
model Honda to make wild guesses... especially when the OP gives so
imprecise an explanation. At least with a model number one can access
the owner's manual on line and perhaps it contains sections on
maintenence and trouble shooting. One can also call Honda directly
and ask to speak with customer service/technical support.
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