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Pressure washer won't run. It starts and runs for a second then stops. I've tried and tried, several days. Methinks it's the carburetor gummed up since I left it outside all winter, sheltered, and didn't empty the gas. Can I fix this myself?Briggs and Stratton Sprint 3.75

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  • jbjb Mar 12, 2009

    Well, shoot, I just took it in for a tuneup and possible a carb cleaning. Should get it back in two weeks (poss. costing $60). Thanks for your advice. I would like to have been able to fix it myself, but sometimes you just got to give up!

  • D Thing May 16, 2009

    Sears pressure washer starts fine but stops almost immediately because it appears to be under pressure. If you remove the siphon fitting and let it leak the engine runs fine. I think it is a problem in the high pressure pump not relieving itself or leaking of to the vane in the pump stalling it

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I am guessing that you have a hole or crack in one of your fuel lines. check them first, if they are all good, you are probably right, it needs a good carb cleaning. If you get me the model and type numbers off of your engine, I can get you a parts breakdown for that also, if that would help at all. Let me know. Thanks.

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  • John McKinney Mar 12, 2009

    If you would, ask him what was wrong and let me know. I am always trying to sharpen my skills for you guys. Thanks.

  • phillipha189 Apr 23, 2011

    i cleaned the carb and checked my jets 1 seemed to be stopped up to a small piece of wire and it was solid did not clear it was almost as if someone plugged it im not real sure need help dont know a hole lot about carbs.

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Here is the long answer with everything we learned while using a power washer twice a day for years::
This assumes you did not turn power washer over or on its side to drain oil, or dirty oil will flow into carburetor requiring complete carburetor cleaning.

It sounds like could be one of the problems listed below or a combination of those things.
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Here is the long answer with everything we learned while using a power washer twice a day for years:: It covers the things you already tested, but doesn't hurt to repeat. Your problem is actually #8 on list below.

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If engine will not fire on WD-40, then your spark is suspect.

If your engine fires and runs on WD-40 but dies without it, then your gas supply or carburetor are suspect

8) Carburetor problem >>> try Gum out >>> and then take machine to small engine repair shop

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If engine will not fire and keep going on WD-40, then your spark is suspect.
If your engine fires and runs on WD-40 but dies without it, then your gas supply or carburetor are suspect
8) Carburetor problem >>> try Gum out >>> and then take machine to small engine repair shop
9) Spark ... take out spark plug. Put spark wire back on. Hold spark plug by spark wire. Touch metal threads of spark plug to metal opening where plug came out. Metal to metal. Pull back start cord and look for spark between the metal.
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It sounds like could be one of the problems listed below or a combination of those things.

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Once it starts, keep spraying WD-40 directly into carburetor to keep engine going.

If engine will not fire and keep going on WD-40, then your spark is suspect.
If your engine fires and runs on WD-40 but dies without it, then your gas supply or carburetor are suspect

8) Carburetor problem >>> try Gum out >>> and then take machine to small engine repair shop

9) Spark ... take out spark plug. Put spark wire back on. Hold spark plug by spark wire. Touch metal threads of spark plug to metal opening where plug came out. Metal to metal. Pull back start cord and look for spark between the metal. If you have no spark, then spark coil is bad >>> take machine to small engine repair shop

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The back-pressure is why you're supposed to keep the gun trigger open when starting the engine. It sounds like you're starting the engine with no water passing through the gun.

Inspect the exhaust port >> if exhaust is clogged with carbon or dirt, then the engine will not run at high speed.

The problem may also be cause by a rusted choke lever. If you notice when a small engine accelerates, the choke lever moves up as the carburetor demands more gas.

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If the engine throttles up all the way on WD-40 but won't run without it, then your carburetor is probably gummed up.

Our old power washer won't run with the choke set at full throttle. We just got into the habit of leaving the choke alone. We'd pull off the air filter and spray WD-40 into the carburetor so the engine would spark healthy without messing with the choke at all. And we kept the choke about 2/3 open all the time.

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