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I do need the igniter for the burnner / my igniter i think it is the wrong one , it is too shot and the spray of oil do not fire/ i think the 'plugs' is little short to ignite on the spray , comes on and off / but i have sparks all times, only dos not get fire , do i need longer plugs !!!do go under the noze of spray!!

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Send me a email at justin@wmpcs.com I am an dealer for Northstar and many other brands of pressure washers. I need the model number off the machine if you have it. I can get you the right parts for the machine. I might need a picture of what you are looking for or I could send you a parts breakdown of the machine and you could let me know what you need.

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