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Honda GX160 won’t start

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Old 09-15-20, 01:51 PM
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Honda GX160 won’t start

I recently bought a go kart from a guy in town. It started in the second pull. When we brought it home we rode it for a few days. The third day we decided to do some cleaning up. We took the air filter off, replaced the spark plug, removed the valve cover just to look. One of the rockers was loose compared to the other. We took the gas tank off. When I got back from the part store with the new spark plug the motor will turn over but won’t start. It has fresh oil, Fresh gas, a new spark plug. We took the carburetor apart and cleaned the jet and the tank of the carb. Fuel is getting to the carburetor but it still won’t start. Any ideas?
 
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Old 09-15-20, 03:56 PM
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It ran before you worked on it so it's a good guess that something is incorrect and since you've done so much it's hard to even point you in a direction. An engine needs fuel, spark and compression. Just follow basic small engine troubleshooting.

I would start by removing the spark plug and pour a teaspoon of gas into the cylinder. Replace the plug and spark plug wire. Try starting. If it runs for a second or sputters like it's trying to run then you probably have a fuel problem which is the most common source of trouble.

If you didn't have any luck with that test remove the spark plug. Attach the spark plug wire to the plug. Then hold the tip of the plug to bare metal on the engine to make electrical contact. Then try starting the engine. While starting look for the plug to spark. If it doesn't then you have a spark/ignition problem.
 
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Old 09-15-20, 05:14 PM
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What did you do to the rocker arm(s)? You can't just arbitrarily tighten them up.
 
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