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For my karcher FC5 - the cleaning water doesn't come out ??
This happened to my FC5 too. I found that the detergent outlet within the suction head was clogged up. This is the receptacle for the brass nozzle you can see when detaching the suction head (by pressing the grey button and gently pulling on the yellow "cover" at the top of the cleaning head - Figures 16.1 and 16.2 in the manual). To check it is indeed clogged, put a few drops of water in it - they won't drain out. To purge it I used the jet from a handheld steam cleaner, and I also used the steam jet to clean the suction slots. Be very careful not to scald yourself, wear gloves, and when cleaning just pulse the jet so as not to risk damaging the plastic parts.
The cord on my talon lawnmower won't retract fully, I haven't had a problem until now
The mechanism to retract a cable is similar to that in a retractable seatbelt or steel tape measure. There is a clockspring that winds up as the cable is pulled out and while it is strong enough while young, friction increases over time - both inside the spring housing and outside; the cable becomes less smooth and carries abrasive dirt and dust inside taking the shine from the guides...
Sometimes it is necessary to dismantle the mechanism, wash the spring and housing and apply a little light machine oil (or dry graphite) to the spring, it isn't a task for the uninitiated because those springs can fly and bite as a consequence of a momentary lack of concentration.
You might be lucky and find spraying the length of the cord with silicone and spraying into the housing might do the trick. If it doesn't, as an interim measure it is often possible to remove the housing and without dismantling further, fiddle the spool around to put an extra turn of spring tension on the system...
on Jan 08, 2021
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