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How do you start the pressure washer. Water is on, set it to choke, pull ...nothing. any thoughts

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Fuel switch on?

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What would cause a pressure washer to cut off after you pull the handle to get the water started


We used power washers for years

When you pull the trigger, the engine is supposed to accelerate because the back-pressure on the pump is released.

The back-pressure is why you're supposed to keep the gun trigger open when starting the engine. It sounds like you're starting the engine with no water passing through the gun.

Inspect the exhaust port >> if exhaust is clogged with carbon or dirt, then the engine will not run at high speed.

The problem may also be cause by a rusted choke lever. If you notice when a small engine accelerates, the choke lever moves up as the carburetor demands more gas.

Start the engine with water passing through the gun >>> move the choke lever a little bit at a time and see what happens. Keep water going out of the gun. When the surfaces are cool, spray WD-40 on the lever and see if you can free it up. WD-40 is extremely flammable.

If your engine will not fire at all by starting with water passing through the gun, then your gas supply might be limited or your carburetor gummed up. Pull off the rubber gas line that connects to the carburetor and see if gas flows.

Next, pull off the air filter and see if the machine runs good without air filter. You may have clogged air filter.

While the carburetor is exposed, spray WD-40 into carburetor. See if you can get engine up to full throttle while spraying WD-40 into carburetor. Keep spraying the WD-40. Keep the water flowing out of the gun.

If the engine throttles up all the way on WD-40 but won't run without it, then your carburetor is probably gummed up.

Our old power washer won't run with the choke set at full throttle. We just got into the habit of leaving the choke alone. We'd pull off the air filter and spray WD-40 into the carburetor so the engine would spark healthy without messing with the choke at all. And we kept the choke about 2/3 open all the time.

Oct 15, 2010 | Garden

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I lost my manual ,how to start the pressure washer


Check gas and oil. With water OFF, pull out choke on washer. Pull the start cord until it starts. Let run for about 20 seconds. Push in choke. Turn on water. Bleed wand line. Insert desired tip. You should be good to go now.

Oct 08, 2010 | Honda Pressure Washer PSI 3000

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My pressure washer starts easily but will not stay started


The answer is that I have a briggs and I have to do the same thing. Nothing to worry about it needs the extra fuel as you pull start it its building up pressure takes more to start. You could hold down on the trigger of the wand to relieve that pressure and it will probably start without chocking it. I hope this was helpful, please rate if helpful. Good Luck and have a great day. Jeff

Apr 03, 2010 | Karcher 2500 PSI Pressure Washer

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Won't start, can't remember starting procedures and dont have manual


Make sure the fuel valve is on. Generally that means pointing down inless there is a diagram on it.

Turn the switch on.

Pull the choke on the carbuerator on full. There will be a picture of a butterfly valve set it so that it is closed. Pull the cord till the engine fires. let it sputter for a second, then open the choke. If the engine dies right away, do all of the above again but once it fires, only open the choke half way. once it warms up a bit open the choke completely.

Dec 22, 2009 | Honda Pressure Washer PSI 3000

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Reconditioned B&S pressure washer will not restart


Some suggestions:
Is the gas old? If in doubt replace it.
Try removing the air filter and spraying carburetor cleaner into the carb Then try starting it. If it runs for just a minute, then stops, the carburetor needs cleaning.

Sep 19, 2009 | Briggs & Stratton Garden

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Doesnt build pressure up ,it just runs right without pressure does the compressor require being oiled?


HELLO THERE:
Here is some troubleshooting tips for you and a web link for you ok this should help
best regards michael
Troubleshooting Your Pressure Washer troubleshooting_pressurewasher.jpg General points to check if a problem occurs
  • Are the engine and fuel switches in the “ON” position?
  • When troubleshooting, always check oil and gas levels.
  • The oil for the pump is a 30W non-detergent mineral oil. Do Not fill over halfway on the sight glass.
  • Is the water tap open?
  • Check the choke and throttle levers.
  • Is the correct nozzle in the lance? Is the nozzle plugged?
  • Only the black nozzle is for soaping at low pressure.
  • Is the water-inlet screen clogged?
  • Hold the gun trigger open while pull starting the engine.
  • Check for O-rings in the lance and quick couplers.
  • Has the unit tipped over? Close the fuel switch and keep pull starting the engine until the excess fuel is burnt up, then open the fuel valve and try again. Some engines will need to be primed every time they are started.
  • Make sure the engine is turned off after each use. It should not be left running without use for longer than 2 minutes as the pump can overheat.
Are you experiencing low pressure?
  • Is there an air leak?
  • Dirty pump valves?
  • Check for worn pump valves or broken valve springs.
  • Check for a worn out spray nozzle.
  • Check for leaks in your plumping or hoses.
  • Troubleshoot your nozzle, is it turned to the highest pressure setting?
  • Is the unloader improperly set?
  • Are the engine RPMs too low?
  • Check if your water supply is sufficient.
  • Check if your engine is getting enough power.
Trouble with high vibrations
  • Dirty pump valves?
  • Do you have a sufficient water supply?
  • Is there are in your water supply?
  • Is the inlet water filter clogged?
  • Clogged or damaged spray nozzle?
  • Make sure it has the correct fuel
  • Has the choke been left on after the engine has warmed up?
If the engine won’t start
  • When troubleshooting the engine, check if it's low on fuel or oil?
  • Worn or dirty spark plugs?
  • Is the switch in the off position?
  • Is the fuel valve in the off position?
  • Is the engine flooded from over choking?
  • When cold starting, was the engine properly choked?
If the starter is hard to pull
  • Low oil in the crankcase or pump assembly.
  • Oil or fuel in cylinders (hydro locked).
  • Pressure built up in the system, relieve this by squeezing the trigger.

Sep 15, 2009 | Honda Garden

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Cannot start my Comet pressure washer...water runs thru fine. Had set choke to open (push to left) and start to left.


Hi: Some things to check: Is the gas old or contaminated with water. Change it if you are unsure. Are you getting a spark? To check this: BE CAREFUL. Remove the plug. Plug it back into its wire. Hold it WITH INSULATED PLIERS so the tip is close to the metal frame of the machine and have someone pull the starter cord. The plug should spark.

Jun 27, 2009 | Comet Garden

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I cannot get the gas powered honda gvc 160 press wash to start


Pull float bowel and check carb may need to clean it. Drain any water from tank through fuel line.

Mar 18, 2009 | Honda 8 HP Engine

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