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HAVE A DEWALT PRESSURE WASHER WITH 6.5 HONDA ENGINE THAT WAS STORED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. IT WILL START BUT ONLY RUN FOR3-4 SECONDS WITH CHOKE ON THEN KILLS. WAIT A MINUTE OR SO, PULL ROPE AND WILL RUN FOR ANOTHER 3-4 SECONDS. WON'T RUN CONTINUOUSLY. PUT FRESH GAS AND CLEANED BOWL UNDER CARB. ANY OTHER TIPS? THANKS, FOREST

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Look for plugged filter anywhere in fuel line.

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