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Pressure washer not starting

Pull cord not coming back at all.

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Can you turn the motor over by sticking your fingers under the recoil and move it freely. If not something is locked up, either the motor itself of the pressure pump. Remove recoil and see if you can turn over by hand

Posted on Apr 24, 2013

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    Standard problem; CHEAP pull cord recoil. The rope will come out of the recoil track and then it will bind. Design flaw they needed a guide to keep on recoil track. Take out 4 small bolts pull off recoil and rewind rope on recoil. You will need to wind tension back onto recoil and hold while you wind rope back on recoil. Tricky to get back on shaft without discharging but you can do it. A new recoil will not help the issue unless they have redesigned it.

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SOURCE: pressure washer stalls out when wand nozzle is released

common for not starting unless trigger engaged as you are turning the pump as well as engine creating pressure,as for stalling pump has unloader valve which is probably in need of grease(use good silicone grease)this allows water to ciculate when trigger released.

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get someone to keep the trigger pulled while you try to start it , its probably got presure trapped between the trigger and the pump.

alternatively turn off the water to the pump, pull the trigger to release any pressure trapped.

start the engine , allow engine to warm up, increase revs on engine then turn on water, should be ok then. Unless you have a problem with the engine that is!

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SOURCE: I have a Honda 3500 pressure washer. The motor

You need to start the unit and let it run for few minutes to get worm, make sure the water is fully open and the unit is fully cleaned. Push on the trigger on and off for few times not letting the unit shutdown, then start increasing the fuel mixture ¼ turn and push on the trigger again and see…this could be that the unit need service or the governor springs getting week if you got one on your unit…let me know how that work for you and please do not forget to rate my service so we can improve on it with your help. God bless

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SOURCE: My pull cord to my pressure washer is hard to pull

take out the spark plug and trying pulling it , if its still tight then you may have seized your pump ) , put a rag over te spark plug hole as there may be fuel/oil mix in the cylinder , check the oil in the engine , check the oil in the pump ( look for milkey white , if found then your pump back seals have gone )

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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