- May 21, 2020
I have a Honda gcv160 on a 4 year old pressure washer. Was using it yesterday, ran out of gas, filled it back up and now it will not start. I’m not an excellent mechanic to say the least. But I do know a little bit. I had no compression in the cylinder. I pulled the valve cover and found that the exhaust rocker arm has quite a bit of play in it. Upon further inspection the valve doesn’t have the range of movement that the intake valve has. So I used a borescope and was able to verify that the exhaust valve is not closing all the way. Which would explain the no compression. I inspected the piston and there are no marks on it indicating the piston made contact with the valve. So my question is. What could cause it to be running fine, run out of gas and bend a valve? My next question, is it worth fixing? I’ve never tore a small engine apart before but think I can do it. But I’m not going to fool with it if anyone thinks the head might be damaged as well.