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When I start it the engine surges. When I pull the handle on the wand the engine will not go to max rpm.

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Check to see if the choke is not on.

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2000 Suzuki Esteem 1.8L.. I went to start my motor & turned it off right before started. I heard some kind of backfire. Then I started it and it's been idling high, the surging. Please help!!


scan it yet, a FULL OBD2 scan? why not?if not.
now is the time...


the 1.8L J18 engine, same as the older Sidekick sports used.
same engine , know it I do.
its the precursor to the J20, (j18 is under-stroked, j20 with many of the same parts. inside)
the back fire means explosion sound to rear end of tail pipe?
yes, that is rich raw fuel in the muffler. plus Air.
if there are exhaust cracks and then engine goes rich this can happen( a double failure)
if how ever BACK means, back to the Air cleaner, then that be different reasons, (timing)


engine now starts.?>
engine runs.? has full power, car drives ok.?
JUST?
SURGE,. you never said.

does engine get hot? 180F or more and holds (y/n)
ever get a full tuneup this decade,
most dont so i tell you, bad spark causes, misfire and raw fuel is wasted to the exhaust and sure can go boom.

surging usually means the ISC can not control idle
so it hunts, (a suzuki software engine on all 90s engines)
PCM errors, inside it. (dangerous too)
a modern car, if idle goes too high the ecu commands the ISC closed
and holds it there solid, (safe way , no hunting allowed now)]
so if this car surges, it's , lean engine.

some think flooding is surging.
and this is usually below 800 rpm,
almost stalls, then corrects, seems like a surge.

next time post rpm range of surge.?????

do not drive a surging engine, do not be like Toyota drivers. (over 800 rpm hot)

surge from 400 -800 rpm is class 1 surge.
surge from 800 to say 2000 RPM is class2, and very dangerous to some folks, (key off, get car fixed, tow it)

The ECU controls idle speeds. (hard coded servo controls)

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Tecumseh 8hp snowblower engine kicks back hard enough to break plastic handle. I checked the key in flywheel ,I cleaned the carb,checked the flywheel, andcleaned magnets and coil pick up. I tried to start...


surging when running is most likely normal ,they have a governer that control's the carb & rpm so it wont over rev. It has a paddle near the fly wheel to pick up wind from it when running hooked to the carb with a small lever and held stable by a spring. Check to see if the spring is too tight or sloppy. 8 hp is a pretty big motor and a kick back is not really un expected. But a plastic handle is kinda cheesy, a rubber or a wooden handle would be better.Good thing you have electric start!

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I have a Honda XR2600 pressure washer. When the wand trigger is pulled, the throttle does not open, the RMD just drops. If i manually open the throttle, it works fine.


Your engine produces max horsepower at 3600 rpm. The engine throttle should be set to max before you pull trigger. Pressure washes generally do not have automatic throttle. You do not have to use max power, but enough power to keep the engine running when trigger is pulled. You washer will actually last longer if you only use about 75% of rated capacity. Good luck

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Honda 5HP pressure washer. When you press handle to get pressured water, motor does not rev up to give you high pressure.


Most small pressure washers do not have an automatic throttle control to increase engine speed on demand (activated by trigger on wand). You must set the governor/throttle to about max. to get the rated pressure. A honda motor produces 5 hp when it is turning about 3600 rpm. To increase the life of the pump, use about 80 % of capacity of the pump and increase only for stubborn debris.

Jun 17, 2011 | Honda Garden

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I have a Troy Built GVC 160 (2600 psi) pressure washer. I used yesterday afternoon without problem. Today, I can get it started, but it conks out immediately as soon as I engage the wand. I'd...


Make sure that the engine is set to full power. Lower the pressure to the unit with the pressure adjust knob as much as possible. Check the nozzle to make sure that no debris has entered and is lodged at the tip of the wand. Start the engine with the spray gun handle in the open /on position allowing water to flow thru. Allow the engine to run for a while to warm-up. Increase the pressure a small amount at a time to reach the desired pressure. To increase the life of the unit, do not use the machine at max. pressure setting. Adjust to about 75% of rated capacity and increase only for stubborn debris then reduce. Good luck

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With pump removed engines runs fine. When new pump is installed it is very hard to pull with water flowing but will not start. Engine was just tuned up late year.


Chances are that your new pump is generating good pressure. Because of this, the engine is trying to turn over against the pressurized system. Try pulling the handle on your wand when pull starting the engine to see if this eliminates your problem.

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Engine surges under load at 3800 rpm


yes it could be. have fuel pump pressure tested, fuel pump pressure should be. (key on engine off) 1999 to 2000--with egr--41 to 47 psi without egr--52 to 58 psi,

May 30, 2009 | 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT

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When I depress the handle on the wand the motor wants to stall


sounds like you have either a sticky unloader valve or a blockage causing back pressure to pump causing excess load to engine,a possibility is to check the nozzle at end of wand incase there is a piece of grit there since engine runs okay with no load,another solution is to check venturi that is located beside outlet of pump that you connect hose for wand to for possible wear or blockage,hope this helps

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