I squeeze the trigger, I have pressure for 2-3 seconds and the engine dies.
I have removed the piston and spread white lithium grease all over it and put back together and that did not work. I am connected to a garden house and assume that I have a high enough volume of water running through the system. The pressure washer is about 8 months old and the previous owner used it one time about 6 month ago. I started it up 3 days ago and used it for about 20 minutes. The pressure was intermittent then at first but then was constant and was running fine. I ran out of gas. I put new gas into it a couple days later and have had this problem every since. I used regular gas instead of premium....could be part of the problem.
Re: I squeeze the trigger, I have pressure for 2-3...
Your pump is probably cavatating. when you first hook it up and turn hose on open thr trigger and let water run thru until it quits spitting and flows smooth. then crank it up and see if this gets it done. if not you could have a problem with the pressure valve bolted on the outside of pump. there should be a nut shaped stem to adjust pressure . turn it in and see what happens.
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Remove Items 122 (Un;loader) and 138 (Thermail relief). Clean them up as best you can with a nylon brush under some slow running water. Dis-assemble the unloader valve completly to clean (both ends). Then lubrcate them with White Grease and reinstall both parts AFTER placing White grease in the cavity the valves mount into. Very briefly... Test water flow with the engine not running Then start the unit with water off and let run 30 seconds. Turn off engine. Turn ON water supply and test water flow engine OFF. Note you will get a certain amount of white grease initially that passes through the unit. Start unit and rapidly actuate the trigger 1/2 second on 1/2 second off multiple times to force the unloader valve to cycle.
What you are describing is an unloader valve failure. The unloader valve (also called a spill valve or safety pressure relief valve) is sticking in what is known as bypass. Your pump is able to build pressure but when the trigger is squeezed, rather than directing the flow up to the nozzle it is looping the pressure back through the pump as it does when you release the trigger. Depending on the specific brand and model you will need to either replace the unloader or lubricate it if it is a Karcher with a spill valve. If it is a Karcher there is a known issue with the following models:
K2300G1 K2400HB K2400HH K2401HH K5800G K5800G
All of these have an issue where the spill valve sticks and will need to be lubricated with Vaseline or lithium grease. You can view a guide for this process at http://www.landanorthwest.com/dms. Select Maintenance/Karcher/Pressure Washers/All/Spill valve lubrication.
I have the same problem. This is the responce for Karcher......
The unloader valve may be sticking, or is dirty. It probably needs to be cleaned and may need to be replaced, it is inexpensive. It gets a lot of use, but extends the life of the pump. The function of the unloader is to allow the machine to run in a bypass mode while the trigger of the gun is closed. First, a lack of high pressure can be caused by: 1. Insufficient water feeding to the unit, so check that the water is turned on all the way and that there are no kinks in the hose. 2. The inlet filter may be clogged. (it will need to be removed and thoroughly cleaned). 3. An internal water leak. 4.Also, low pressure can be caused by worn spray tips. If you have checked the first three with no resolution, the problem is internal and could be as simple as a sticking unloader valve. If you are mechanically inclined, you can clean this valve yourself and greasing the o-rings (use lithium based grease), or take it to a local service center. You do not need to take the pump apar t. The unloader valve is located under the cover, and is secured with 2 bolts. (Use needle nose pliers to remove the valve) For those units with pressure and volume controls, the unloader is located under the pressure and volume control knobs themselves. Do not take any other bolts off or you will open the pump and lose the pump's oil.
Note: Lithium based grease will prevent future failure of the unloader valve.
Also, check websites such as fixya.com for tips and how-to info particularly on cleaning the unloader valve. Be sure to use lithium grease if you reassemble it.
I am going to check the manuel to see where it's at
Hello awcockerill: This sounds like the bypass (unloader) valve is sticking. Here is a diagram of your machine's pump. On page 2.4 see part #1. The top of this assembly is a black plastic cover. Remove all of assembly # 1 carefully. Under that is part #8. This is the bypass valve. You need to pull this out, check that the o-rings are not bent, worn or damaged, then lube it good with a VERY VERY good waterproof grease. Re-assemble it and all should be well. The part numbers are on the diagram but where to get them depends on were you live. Karcher web site may give you a number to call. Good luck.