After 4 years of faithful service, the Honda engine in my Sam's club
special MTD Pro walk-behind, is starting to give me problems. Engine
model is 5.5 hp GVC 160 or 190- don't know how to tell which, and the
owners manual covers both. Specifically, it dies when it falls off the
choke, for the first 4 or 5 attempts at cold start. Auto choke and
throttle, not adjustable. Warm restart seems fine. Started about 2 weeks
ago. Filter and plug and oil fresh this spring, and checked out okay
after problem arose. Added symptom I hadn't noticed before today, since
I mow with earmuffs on- the engine speed is 'hunting', and sounds very
Small engine repair is completely outside my realm, and I no longer have
the eyesight to do carb rebuilds and such anyway. Any ideas what is
wrong, and how much the repair shop is likely to want to repair it?
Engine probably has 250 hours or so on it, if that makes a difference.
Any ideas greatly appreciated.