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The pressure washer is cutting off when i pull the trigger to wash. The honda engine seems fine. it just stalls when i try to pressure wash.

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SOURCE: honda pressure washer cuts out when lance trigger released.

You most likely need to set your valve clearances. If it is hard to pull over or the recoil snaps back after starting your valves need to be set for sure. This may not be the entire problem but it is a good start. Also change the spark plug, a bad plug will cause odd problems and is too cheap not to eliminate as a source. In addition check your fuel, pour a little out into a white container (I like spray paint can caps for this) and look at the color. If it is yellow to orange it is bad. You can pour it into you car, the car electronic sensors will compinsate for it quality but a small engine can't. Use a NGK BP6ES or BPR6ES plug.
You need:
Feeler gages
10mm open end wrench
14mm open end wrench
1 long shaft screw driver or rod
1 spark plug socket and ratchet

Remove the spark plug and the valve cover. Pull the recoil over slowly until the intake valve opens (intake is closes to the carb and it will go down when it opens). Now put your long screwdrive down the spark plug hole. Slow pull the engine over until the screwdriver handle is at it highest point, this is top dead center. It may take a few attempts. Now check your valve clearance between the rockers and the top of the valve. The intake should be .006 and the exhaust .008, both can be +/- .001. To adjust: hold the large nut with the 14mm then loosen the small one with the 10mm. Lefty loosey. Now turn your large nut until you get the correct setting and then tighten the small one the lock it in. It may take a few attempts and alway reverify your setting after you lock it down. Once done, find top dead center again and reverify. Now your valves are set.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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SOURCE: pressure washer stalls out when wand nozzle is released

common for not starting unless trigger engaged as you are turning the pump as well as engine creating pressure,as for stalling pump has unloader valve which is probably in need of grease(use good silicone grease)this allows water to ciculate when trigger released.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Honda 3500 pressure washer. The motor

You need to start the unit and let it run for few minutes to get worm, make sure the water is fully open and the unit is fully cleaned. Push on the trigger on and off for few times not letting the unit shutdown, then start increasing the fuel mixture ¼ turn and push on the trigger again and see…this could be that the unit need service or the governor springs getting week if you got one on your unit…let me know how that work for you and please do not forget to rate my service so we can improve on it with your help. God bless

Posted on Sep 20, 2009

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SOURCE: pressure washer cuts off when I pull trigger on

Float may be sticking in carb.

Posted on Nov 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Engine idles down and sometimes stalls on pressure washer when trigger on wand is pulled

clean out the carb fuel turns to **** after about 30 day for small engines

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My honda xr2600 pressure washer stops running when i pull the trigger


check for a blocked main jet in the carby
the principle is that when the trigger is released there is no pressure in the pump so the engine is idling
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It's the spark plug more than likely. If engine turns but won't stay running its more than likely spark plug. If that doesn't fix its the gas. Empty gas out get some fresh gas.

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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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When the gun trigger is pulled, the back-pressure holding back the engine is reduced and the engine accelerates.

Your engine is dying when it should accelerate.

Good news is you have spark and combustion and fuel and the engine runs.

1) Check the exhaust port for build-up of carbon or dirt >>> the hot exhaust gas has to fly out of the exhaust port and if the port is clogged, then the engine stalls

2) Check the amount of fuel getting through to the carburetor >>> pull off the rubber hose entering carburetor from the gas tank >>> does gas run out freely? If gas does not run freely, then take apart your gas filter located just below gas tank

3) Remove air filter and see if problem continues. A dirty air filter can cause engine to stall since combustion requires oxygen coming through the filter. Replace the air filter.

4) Mess with the choke lever and see if you can find a setting where the engine works >>> our old power washer would never run when lever was moved to full throttle >>> we just left the choke lever at half throttle and the engine was happy

5) If above fixes don't fix the problem >>> the final suspect seems to be the carburetor >>> try some gun-out >>> maybe a trip to small-engine repair shop is required.

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I have a Honda 3500 pressure washer. The motor


You need to start the unit and let it run for few minutes to get worm, make sure the water is fully open and the unit is fully cleaned. Push on the trigger on and off for few times not letting the unit shutdown, then start increasing the fuel mixture ¼ turn and push on the trigger again and see…this could be that the unit need service or the governor springs getting week if you got one on your unit…let me know how that work for you and please do not forget to rate my service so we can improve on it with your help. God bless

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Pressure washer sputters and stalls when trigger is engaged


Hi k2times01
It is a always a good idea to clean out the gas tank and use new fuel, however, this sounds like an RPM problem. Try adjusting the RPM up a tad and see if it runs better when you load it. If the RPM isn't the problem, you may have to clean the carburetor thoroughly.

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If you let the trigger on the lance go while in use the machine cuts out


hi, you are making the engine stall with having the unloader valve screwed to far down i would say, try dropping the pressure on the unloader and then try it.
the unloader valve could also be blocked.

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My Kracher 2500 pressure washer has no pressure unless I remove the nozzle. If, I remove the nozzle and pump the trigger several times and quickly replace the nozzle it works fine until I release the trigger. Karcher (online) suggested I remove and clean the unloader which I did. It still doesn't work correctly. What another solution?

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Pressure washer stalls out when wand nozzle is released


common for not starting unless trigger engaged as you are turning the pump as well as engine creating pressure,as for stalling pump has unloader valve which is probably in need of grease(use good silicone grease)this allows water to ciculate when trigger released.

Apr 19, 2009 | Campbell Hausfeld Garden

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