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Honda gx120 engine runs for 20mins then dies. Difficult to

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honda gx120 engine runs for 20mins then dies. Difficult to keep running after that. It then hunts and it smells of fuel.Changed spark plug, fuel filter, fuel cap & carb. Oil level good.Not sure what else to check before I give up and take it to be repaired.

Have you checked the spark, to see if it becomes erratic? You can have a coil that is getting hot and acting up. May not be a fuel problem! Does it run ok again after it cools off?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
if I leave the machine for 30 mins or so I can get another 20mins out of it. This engine drives a lawn aerator for my business so waiting for cool down is really annoying.I don't have one of those spark testers. If I get one do I need to watch it over the 20min period? or should I just fit a new coil?Is there anything else it could be?Thanks for your help

I would just replace the coil! It fails just like this sounds.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ok. I'll fit a new coil and hopefully this will solve the problem.If not I might need a bit more of your expert help.Thank you


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Thank you!

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hi Curtis.Replaced the coil but still have the same problem. Any other ideas?Mark

If it loses spark, the oil level/oil pressure switch may be killing the engine.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
With a new coil and spark plug could it still be spark problem?

Yes, but losing spark from outside source, like the oil pressure/oil level switch.