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Washer won't start tried everything , I could think of changed spark plug tried new gas , Two things that bother me are . if i take out the spark plug and put my thumb over the spark plug hole theres no pressure and the wire that comes from the coil to shut off the pw it has continunity from the coil to the pin that sticks up to shut off the pw but it also has continuity from the coil to all parts of motor.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Karcher 2400R

You have a poor signal to the spark plug usually caused by a rusty fly wheel found underneath the pullcord casing. clean it with releasing ajent such as wd 40. common when not in use for a while.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

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SOURCE: Unable to start gas engine on a NorthStar pressure washer

Disassemble and clean the carb. If it ran briefly with the starer fluid then gasoline is not coming through the carb.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Can't start the Honda GX160 5.5 HP Electric motor

Is there an oil sensor unit if it is going bad it tells the engine the oil low and engine wont start. I had same problem with my pressure washer, i just unplugged the sensor unit and it started fine ever since

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Karcher pressure washer with Honda GC160 engine only runs on chok

You need to remove the carb bowl, then with a small flat screwdriver remove the jet. ( on the side, at the bottom of stem.) take a small wire or toothpick and clean the gunk out of the jet, reassemble and open fuel valve, start, and pat yourself on your back.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 11 hp honda pressure washer

if you replaced the coil,check the wire and boot,check with meter for continuity.could be loose connection to spark plug

Posted on Sep 20, 2010

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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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Now the nitty gritty: we're gonna start that thing right now
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8) Carburetor problem >>> try Gum out >>> and then take machine to small engine repair shop
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