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Curtis B.
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Experience:  have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert
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I have a Honda EP2500cx generator that I have owned for

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Hi. I have a Honda EP2500cx generator that I have owned for about 3 years and suddenly it won't start. I am following the same step as I have in the past (e.g. turning on the fuel line, setting the choke, etc.). I have check the gas and oil levels and they are fine. I removed and checked the spark plug and it appears ok too (not fouled or cracked electrode).
The last time I started it was about 3-4 months ago and it was running badly and only with the choke in "start" position. When I switch it to "run" the engine stopped.
Any ideas? could it be the carburetor?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Remove the spark plug, and with it grounded to the engine, see if it has spark.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
If it has spark, put a teaspoon of fuel into the cylinder, re-install the spark plug and see if it will stat.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
start
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
If It starts and dies, it is the carburetor.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Curtis- it appears that it is the carburetor. Can you help me fix it?
Please Call me at(###) ###-####
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
http://cdn.powerequipment.honda.com/pe/pdf/manuals/31Z15601.pdf
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
See page 38, clean the fuel filter bowl and screen!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Curtis- Thank u for that suggestion but I tried that (and all of the suggestions listed in the User Manual) with no luck.
When had the air filter off today, I manually open the throttle and did not hear any gas being squirted into the cylinder. I had the air filter off today, I manually open the throttle and did not hear any gas being squirted into the cylinder. I assume there is something wrong with the carburetor but am a little concerned about trying to disconnect all of the hoses and linkages so that I can remove the carb.
I am done working on it for tonite but I would appreciate if tomorrow we could speak or u could write back to advise me on whether to attempt fixing the carb myself.
Thank you very much, Steve
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Check out this one. For the price, I would not rebuild it!
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
I would remove the float bowl to see if it has water or debris in it!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the suggestion. I work during the day but maybe I can try that tomorrow night.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
OK, thank.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Curtis- how do you remove the float bowl
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
It has a bolt in the bottom, tat has to be removed. Here is a basic carburetor.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
http://outdoorpowerinfo.com/repairs/briggs_walbro_lms_carb.asp
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Your's will be similar.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Unfortunately the bold is blocked by a hose connected to the air filter. I can't get to it
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
See photo
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
Just loosen the nut and spin the bowl off!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** But I think I am going to punt rather and take it to a mechanic rather than risk making things worse.
I appreciate all of your help, though.
Best, Steve
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
OK, thanks!