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Pressure washer hesitates, does not start. Unable

Pressure washer hesitates, does not start. Unable to pull recoil after many attempts to start.

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Get someone to keep the trigger pulled while you try to start it , its probably got presure trapped between the trigger and the pump.

alternatively turn off the water to the pump, pull the trigger to release any pressure trapped.

start the engine , allow engine to warm up, increase revs on engine then turn on water, should be ok then. Unless you have a problem with the engine that is!

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