Honda hr214 resources, repair manual and troubleshooting tips

Here is a list of the best resources that I've found for the honda hr214 and the honda gxv120 engine that powers it. Many of these same resources are good for the honda hr215 and the honda hr194 as well. If you're having trouble with your Honda mower, let us know in the comments and we'll try to help you out!

Honda HR194/HR214 Service Manual Online- CB left us this link in the comments, its the service manual online, for FREE! SWEET!

Honda GXV120 Service manual-This is the service manual for the hr214's engine-in three languages no less!

Honda HR214 Parts diagrams-Actually a link to Planopower, they appear to have a very complete list for the hr214

Honda HR214 Transmission Troubleshooting and Repair-I wrote this when I was repairing my HR214 Transmission. It should also work for HR215 and Hr194 Transmissions.

Honda GX Carb cleaning video-How cool is this? Bwdbrn1 posted this on the "my tractor forum"; its a 8 minute video showing how to take apart and clean a honda gxv120 carb!

Honda HR214 Owner's Manual-This is the owners manual for the mower, which is different from the shop manual.

Honda gxv120 and gxv160 Carb Services checklist-Really nice diagram of what to check for when something is amiss with the Keihin B0E3A carb

Honda HR214 Transmission Troubleshooting and Repair-I wrote this when I was repairing my HR214 Transmission


  1. Hello, Jack! I found your blog by way of Gardenweb while doing some searching for resources on my newly acquired HR-214 that came my way via the local thrift shop. I think it is around a 1986 vintage. I am troubleshooting a problem with the transmission, no drive, but I think it is just a seized cam/cable control causing it. I am going to pull the drive apart tomorrow and clean everything up. Anyway, your link to the shop manual was simply awesome. Writing this comment to let you know that there are readers out there who appreciate your efforts, not including the bozo above trying to sell lawnmowers. Yes, we know you can buy nice lawnmowers. Some of us are interested in cool mower history.

    My HR-214 is an SM model with the electric start. Right now I am looking at finding a 12V Li-Ion substitute for the horrendously expensive lead acid OEM battery from Panasonic. Anyway, thank you again. Glad to find your blog.

  2. Hey VMC-glad to hear it helped! You're probably on the right track with the transmission-a stuck cable can easily cause the issue.

    Can you let me know what kind of battery you end up with? I'd love to get one but you're right about the cost!

  3. We have a single owner HR214 and it works so good that I bought another to rebuild. The problem is I need a transmission assembly. I know my HR214SXA calls for a 20001-VA3-801. This assembly is hard to find. Has anyone installed a 20001-VA4-801 from a HRA214SXA into a HR214SXA?

    1. I haven't, but if you follow this link you'll get a sense of how the models might be different-

      Let us know how it turns out!

  4. Hello,

    I am getting my neighbors hr214 SX in tip-top shape. My last issue I am having is the transmission shift lever not staying in the #2 (HI) position. The spring pulls the lever back.

    Any thoughts?

    It looks like all the parts are there and I have tried adjusting the cable. The bolt is tight. Maybe too tight?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. OK! after messing around with it more. It makes a difference how the spring is inserted into the shift lever. The long side of the spring should be on the lever side and the factory kink or bend before the hook should bend toward the ground. The shift lever will then "over-center" into the #2 position and remain there until manually changed.

      I had the factory kink or bend going in the up position. I have read on other sites that some people were having the same issue but did not post any solution.

      Hope this helps.

    2. Thanks for the tip. I had the same problem. The reason for the spring orientation mattering is that one way the spring coils rest over the lever pivot mechanism and the other way they clear the mechanism. The former prevents the lever from locking in high speed mode and the latter allows locking in both speeds...what you want. Obvious once you see what happens in both positions. Subtle, but important, difference.

  5. Hi Folks, I am new to this post. I have an HR 214 that I bought in the 1980s and the engine is still going strong. The issue I am now encountering is the rear drive wheels, which are plastic, are starting to crack and as a result the drive system cant work. Will replacing the rear wheels, if possible, fix the problem or is this a major issue?

    1. I'd do some troubleshooting first. Unless the rear wheels are cracked badly enough that the axel is just spinning on the hub I'm not sure how they would stop the drive system from functioning! The wheels (and tires) are still available.

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