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Won't prime. I've run a full tank thru the steam wand and it still will not put water thru the basket

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Remove the screw and screen then try to run water through without the portafilter in place, if water flows, check the holes in the screen they might be blocked, put the screen on the stove or other open flame to clean, coffee will burn before the metal does. Use plies and cool screen then reassemble and try without portafilter, if that works then change grind to something coarser. If that does not work, remove screen and then the 2 allen wrench screws and check the spring and valve seat above the diffuser, make sure it is not blocked, reassemble and try to run water through.

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