How to Remove a Honda Lawn Mower Throttle Cable

Written by kenneth crawford
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Your Honda lawnmower uses a cable to adjust the speed of the engine while mowing. The throttle lever is the handle you push up or down to operate the cable. Over time the cable might stretch past any point of adjustment. When this happens, it is necessary to replace the throttle cable. Before purchasing a new cable, remove the Honda lawnmower throttle cable and take it with you to the Honda dealer. This will ensure that you purchase the proper length cable for your Honda mower.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Pull the spark plug wire off the spark plug with your fingers. Most Honda mowers have a small clip that you push the wire into once you remove it from the spark plug.

  2. 2

    Place the throttle lever in the "Low" or "Slow" position. This provides slack in the throttle cable. If you have a cover on the back of the throttle lever covering the handle, grab the cover with a pair of pliers and swivel the cover away from the housing to allow it to hang on the throttle cable.

  3. 3

    Loosen the lower adjustment nut with a wrench. The cable connects to the back of the throttle handle with two locknuts and an adjustment nut. The adjustment is a barrel nut. Loosen the upper and lower locknuts with the wrench and pull the end of the cable away from the handle housing.

  4. 4

    Cut the plastic clip that secures the cable to the side of the mower handle with a utility knife. Slide the housing cover off the cable and set the cover aside.

  5. 5

    Examine the point where the throttle cable connects to the throttle linkage on the carburettor. There is a small screw securing the cable to the side of the engine. Loosen the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver and slide the end of the throttle cable away from the linkage.

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