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Why does the homelite pressure washer start okay in the choke position and when its set to the run position it stalls?

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Try using fresh Hi test gasoline instead of regular.

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I have a Karcher pressure washer w/ a 5hp Honda engine. It only will run while the choke is pulled out and only runs at about half the rpm's. When the choke is pushed in.. it coughs, sputters and shuts off. Can you tell me how to fix this....

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SOURCE: Katcher pressure washer w/ 5hp Honda Engine

pour a bottle of carburettor or fuel injector cleaner in the fuel tank, replace the spark plug and set the spark pluglug gap at 0.7mm. Replace the air filter element. Also change engine oil if necessary (mobil 10w30 synthetic.

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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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SOURCE: Pressure washer with 5hp Honda will ONLY run with choke on

It sounds like it has been tipped or too much oil has been put in. This would explain the oil in the air filter. First check the oil level. Then you need to clean the oil out of the carburetor. It is dirty or plugged and that is why it only runs when choked. You can try a spray-in carb cleaner but the best thing is to remove it (if you are handy enough) and soak it in varsol for 24 hours. Good luck

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SOURCE: Honda engine pressure washer won't start

Remove the sparkplug spray isoproxyl (rubbing) alchohol in the cylinder and on the sparkplug this will "dry out the engine" reassemble and, start the engine.
It should start as a "wet with gasoline" sparkplug can not spark nor, will liquid gasoline ignite

Posted on May 23, 2010

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I have an older craftsman snow blower 10 hp. It starts ok with full choke, runs ok half choke, backfires with no choke-run position.


It's too lean; not enough fuel mixed with the air. Look for the main mixture screw--it should be a large screw with a spring under it on the carburetor. Run the engine until it's warm.

With the engine running, turn the screw outward (lefty-loosey) about 1/8 turn slowly and see if it improves. Slowly turn the screw back and forth until it runs best with the choke completely off. Then set it 1/8 turn richer (turn screw outward 1/8 turn) than the best position.

Reason for doing this: Conditions change, even the barometric pressure. Small engines run okay if they are a little rich but not if they are a little lean.

Mar 03, 2015 | Garden

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Will only start with the choke on and runs for only a few seconds and then it stalls. After waiting for a few seconds it will restart only to do the same thing.


you problem is the carb it needs to be cleaned or you may have to rebuild it or you could have water in your gas to check pull fuel line loose from carb and drain some into a clear glass jar you can see the water settle at the bottom .

Oct 27, 2013 | Homelite Pressure Washer. 3,100 psi 2.5...

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I can't get the washer to run for more than 4 minutes regardless of choke position. When trying to restart, there is pressure that builds and I must release before restarting


the carb needs to be cleaned as well as the fuel tank,ad a gas stable product to the fuel.standing fuel causes these problems

Jun 12, 2011 | Homelite Garden

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We just purchased a Homelite Pressure Washer. We put new gas and oil into it, and it will run for about 2 minutes and then shut off. Now we can not even get it to run. We really don't want the hassle of...


A couple of things to check.. some rather obvious.

Assuming you have followed all the directions.. removed the pump vent plug before first use.. have a hose attached.. pressed the trigger on the wand to make sure you have water flowing etc.

Check to make sure the fuel valve is turned to ON.. fully..
If you Over filled the gas tank.. remove some of the petrol.. it should not be filled to the top...

Hopefully you put the correct amount and right type of oil into the crankcase.. again do not overfill the crankcase..

The fuel on most Homelite pressure washers is regular unleaded gasoline. NO E85 fuel should be used. Certainly no premixed gasoline for two cycle engines.

Check Choke position.. to start place in Cold Start or ON.. once started let it run for about 5 or ten seconds.. move it back to RUN..

If you ran it too long with the choke on you probably fouled the spark plug..

Remove it and clean it carefully.. if it is wet.. and all black.. it's fouled.. let it dry out.. clean it up properly (careful to not change the gap) replace and try again.

Lastly if you live in a neighborhood.. there is almost always a fellow nearby that is good with smalle engines.. ask around.. these guys are always happy to fiddle with these motors.

Best of luck to you!

Apr 10, 2011 | Homelite Garden

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Trimmer starts, but stall's out, and is sluggish


Get a can of starter fluid and an assistant. Start it up and spray some starter fluid into the air intake to make it run long enough to clear up the sluggishness. J.

Aug 02, 2010 | Homelite Mighty Lite Lawn Trimmer

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Trimmer will only run in choke position


You have a few possibilities. Make sure you have good fresh gas in the tank. You're not getting enough gas, so choking helps get more gas than air, making it run better. Could be the carb diaphram (not very expensive if you replace yourself), when they get old they don't perform like they should. Could be the filter in the gas tank is bad, plugged. Also might be just an easy adjustment on the carb Low, and High speed screws. The choke has three positions, full choke, partial choke, and no choke, which means run position.

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