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Power Washer Will Start but not Run

I have a Sears preasure washer with a Tecumseh engine. I would not start and I took the nut from the bottom of the bowl off and it was clogged. I got the info from a video I found on the web and the guy said to be sure and clean out a hole that was at the top of the injector but all I could find were two at the bottom and the one inside. Put it back together and it will start with the gas from the prime but will die in just a few seconds. I took it off and it was clogged again but I din't see trash in the gas. Cleaned, reinstalled and tried again but got the same results. Could thie injector be bad?

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  • raymondashwo Jun 05, 2009

    Hello Mowerinfo,
    Thanks so much for your reply and it was helpful as I had not thought about trash, I removed the gas tank and emptied it into a glass jar but could see no trash. I removed the carb bowl and made sure I did't spill the gas and I could see little black specs in the gas. So where was it coming from? I removed the carb completly and looked at the main nozzel tube and it seemed to be off center. I looked in the throat of the carb and could see the nozzel was sticking out about 1/4 inch so I took a small screwdriver and pressed it back down. When I did a small piece of the tube and the O ring fell out the bottom. The nozzel has two rings around the bottom part and it was broken at the bottom of the second ring. The O ring was quite deteriorated and I believe pieces of it is what I'm seeing in the carb bowl. Had to stop at that point and ordered a carb kit and hope to rebuild it this weekend and will be very happy if it fixes it. I also finally found the third hole in the bowl nut I wish it had just been trash in the gas but without your suggestion I don't know how long it would have teken me to figure it out so thanks again for your reply.


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Hello.....sounds like you might have debris in your fuel as well..... need to take off the carb and gas tank....let the fuel from the gas tank (fuel line still attached) run into a jar and check for debris and/or water in the you see that, get rid of the gas in your mower and your gas can, then buy new gas and a gas can (if metal...could be rusted)....second....take the fuel bowl off the bottom of the carb, careful to save the gas to check for debris / water (this also helps indicate the quality of your gas)....clean the bowl nut with fuel ports (3) and the injector port inside the center post which the bowl nuts threads into.....use carb cleaner to make sure all is clean....use a small wire to assist cleaning if necessary....also remove the float and needle valve....careful to note the assembly to reassemble....and clean with carb cleaner the valve area as well....this will insure all debris is clear.....reassemble the carb and gas tank....this should clear up the problem....

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  • MowerInfo Jun 06, 2009

    hello again......happy to help...make sure you don't use any fuel with more than 10% enthnol becaue any higher amounts will destroy your rubber gaskets......and clog your carb again....also....make sure you clean good or replace your fuel hose from the tank before you reassemble it to the carb.....


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