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Alto Force Kew washer stopped working.

I have an Alto Force Kew washer that has simply stopped working.
It is about 3 years old and was working fine, befrore it stopped.
I have tried changing the fuse, leaving it to reset and etc but to no avail.

Can you help me?


Brian Smith

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  • theatreking Dec 05, 2008

    I have the same problem fine one day not working the next.

    Where about is the fuse I cant get the blue cover off to even find it.



  • expertgas Mar 29, 2009

    The pressure switch contains two springs and I initially found that one had rusted (the inner) so I found a replacement that suprisingly cured the fault..... two days more use and it failed again. This time it was the SECOND spring that had broken in two. Maybe I'll be able to find one but I think that the tension is more crutial on the main spring, so not too confident. (They are torx screws holding the case and brackets together, by the way) It seems that spares for these units are either unavailable or extremely hard to source. Built-in obsolescence they call it don't they???

  • ANN BENJAMIN Apr 25, 2009

    Ours was working fine about half hour ago. Had a cup of tea and now it will not start. Can anyone help please



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To remove the cover, undo the two screws holding on the equipment tray on the handle. Then turn upside down and undo the two screws on the bottom. You will need a very long handled screw driver to reach into the deep recesses. I think they may to TORX screws (working from memory and has been a while since I pulled one apart). The blue cover will now pull off. The only trouble you may have is that the bolts are ordinary black steel ones and may have rusted through

Most likely fault is that the pressure switch has failed open. A combination of dirty water leaking past the seals and rust will eventuall jam the switch. The switch assembly is the white plastic part directly bolted onto the pump. A plunger is pushed by the pump when it is up to pressure which trips a micro switch and turns the power off. You will need to replace the complete pressure switch which is about $60. If you take care the micro switch assembly can be removed and then put back onto the new switch. If you break it, then another $40.

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I pulled mine apart before I read this (it would have saved a heap of trouble if I had read this frst, as it took ages to find the two screws underneath, which are torx). Like others I found that the pressure switch was jammed up with rust. I cleaned it up and got it moving, but managed to break off the two tiny lugs at the top of the switch, so it will now cut out, but not cut back in. Trying to source spare parts in Australia, but only found one company here (have sent an email to see if they have any) and one in England, who seem to have them. Check out for a picture of the problem part (marked part 14 in the diagram)

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Part number 14 can be purchased from Diane from GreyMac in Australia as she has stock, Part number 13 is on order as well ''

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    dave gillie Aug 09, 2014

    If you live in the UK the part can be found here.


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