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Karcher 2600 (Honda engine) has lost pressure.

For two years this was the perfect machine. Then, poof, the pressure seems to be at about half or less of what it was. I've tried different nozzles, etc.
I'm not sure if this could possibly be related, but the Honda engine only runs smoothly when it is at half-choke. If I push all the way to "run", even after being warmed up, in chugs and dies.

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Dear Modad,
First one must see if the problem is in the Honda engine or in the pump. So you must try the Honda with no load. You can remove the gun from the pump, but leave the water supply going into the pump. In this way you still have some cooling effect from the water. Now with no load you try the Honda engine. If it is possible tune and set the Honda engine to work correctly. Now if the Honda runs smoothly,...then the problem is in the pump. Regarding the pump try the system by attaching the gun with no NOZZLE/ or LANCE. Open and close the gun to see reaction of Honda Engine. If in this case the Honda runs OK....then attach a NOZZLE so that you have pressure and load. If the Honda starts to die down, this could be that the Honda needs servicing. This like having a car and uphill it will stall and dies down. Here the engine needs servicing. One small thing to look for. I came across Honda driven pumps which have a cable coming from the Honda's carbureter to the head of the pump. When the gun is released the cable is pulled from the head of the pump by means of a piston type valve and this in turn will reduce the speed of the Honda. As you see it is difficult for me to pinpoint the real cause when I do not know the model number and type of pump you have. But if you go by these guide lines you shuld find the fault. Remember...ALWAYS try HONDA ENGINE without load first. I also wish to add that the Honda could be working OK...but then the pump has some problem that it is stopping the Honda. So the pump could also for some reason be jammed and this needs the pump to be serviced. Another hint is very simple. If the Honda is not getting to its maximum power and revs...then the pump will drop pressure.
I gave you various hints to tackle the problem by simple elimination. But you must be able to know how to service the Honda or Pump yourself. To repeat and remind you...check the honda and service the Honda with NO LOAD!! Thyen tackle the PUMP.
Regards,
Fulltech.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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