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Pressure washer won't pick-up soap

DP 3750 runs fine. Won't pick up soap. Using black (soap) tip.

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Most of the time this is caused by a clogged inlet valve on the soap dispenser. You need to disconnect the hose from the valve on the pump, then remove the valve and clean it. Be careful as there is a tiny spring and tiny ball bearing in the valve. Notice which way it goes together when you dissemble it so you will put it back together correctly. Clean the spring and ball bearing throughly. Clean out the valve and remove any soap residue. In the future make sure to flush the valve throughly with clean water for at least 2 minutes before shutting the unit down. Also check the filter on the hose your stick into the soap to make sure it is clear.

Posted on Jul 03, 2011

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Have you tried adding 30 wheight pump oil,under 1 qrt usually

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Take the small soap line off and make sure you can blow air through. Where the line attaches to the soap container make sure the hole is clear if not take a streight pin and make sure the pin goes in the hole easily.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

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