Fixed the damn triple post. Friggin computer seized up on me last night. Got pissed & went to bed .... then I check the forum & see I have 3 posts!!
rberq wrote:Just ship it to Smitty for repair. He is experienced now, and you can tell he loves working on them. ...
If I don't see another design like this, I won't shed a single tear - I can tell you that much!
As far as junking or replacing - that all depends on what broke. If (should say "WHEN" ...) the plastic cam rounds off ... or the timing belt snaps, & the piston hits the valves at warp-speed -- probably 200 times before the engine stops, then I'd say junk it. In my situation, I'd fix it myself - even though it was a royal pain in the ass, it's still cheaper than buying any new engine.
Hondas are notoriously reliable ... but this design just stupifies me. Seems like they just hired a former GM board member. Now you can't find the info you need online, & the engine is designed to make a homeowner throw in the towel & buy a new one ... or haul it to someone & pay as much as a new one would anyway. Stupid. No reason for a piece of lawn equipment to have anything other than the flathead design that's worked for 100 years.
I can tell you this: I will NEVER own one. That you can bet on!