Next you will change the oil. To lower oil viscosity and get it moving freely run the engine for a few minutes. Now shut the engine off and roll the mower onto a piece of cardboard or drop cloth. Close the fuel line (if your mower has one) and unhook the spark plug as before. Find the oil filler tube and remove its cap. Often the cap also functions as a dipstick.
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of the Honda 21-inch Variable Speed 4-in-1 Gas Walk Behind Self Propelled Lawn Mower we should point out that the model numbers HRX217VKA and HRX217K5VKA are used interchangeably by Honda to refer to this lawn mower and there do not appear to be any differences between the two. That said the best adjective to describe the HRX217VKA is powerful.
For the past three years we have used the Greenworks 22502 Corded Lawn Mower on our ¼-acre lawn. We particularly like how easy it is to adjust the blade height and it is surprisingly light. There are just a couple negatives we have noticed. We live in the Pacific Northwest where mowing wet grass is unavoidable. When the grass is wet it does not feed into the bag of this mower easily. Also we had to replace the cord after my teenager ran over it with the mower. So cord control is important and takes a little planning.