Craftsman Garden - Recent Questions, Troubleshooting & Support
Craftsman Brand new pressure washer is not working. Why won't it start?
Big question is, have you carefully read the instruction manual?
Does the unit buzz but not pump water?
Does the unit do anything when switched on?
If it buzzes, the chances are the pump is frozen. The motor produces little torque at zero revolutions so a frozen or stuck pump will stall the motor so before switching on it is important to ensure the pump is not stuck or frozen (not talking about ice).
Pressure washers of my experience provide a hexagon key and an orifice to put it in and engage with the pump shaft so it can be given a few turns before switching on. Failure to do this can burn out the motor while the uninitiated are wondering why it isn't working.
If it isn't doing anything at all, look for a reset button and if there is one press it. If there isn't a button or nothing happens, check in the manual you have done everything right and then return it to the supplier as faulty...
on Nov 20, 2020
What could cause high reving on craftsman 6.5 hp mower
The maximum rpm is regulated by the governor - most small machines powered by petrol engines where high rpm would be a problem have a governor that usually fall into one of two types. Machines at the budget end of the market tend to use a movable vane inside the air cowling and as the engine speed is increased so is the air pressure against the vane increased causing the vane to move against it's return spring and in doing so tends to pull the throttle towards the closed position slowing the engine until the spring pressure is in equilibrium with the throttle pull spring.
Leaves, grass and other stuff can find a way into the air cowling and jam the air vane operation and is commonly the cause of overspeed as is general wear, incorrect assembly or maladjustment.
Engines at the more premium end of the market tend to use a centrifugal governor where the gubbins is inside the engine crankcase though the operating principle is similar - the throttle butterfly is pulled open by a spring connected to the hand control and the governor arm will move as the speed increases tending to pull the throttle closed until again and equilibrium exists between the two springs. This type of governor is reliable but the connections to the throttle are just as prone to wear, damage or maladjustment.
on Oct 11, 2020
Craftsman YT3000 Won't start, no nothing when key turned
Starter solenoid activation is as follows;
Battery voltage is provided at the B terminal of the ignition switch via 30 amp fuse. When the ignition switch is rotated to the start position, power is applied to the ignition S terminal which is fed through 1 pole of the brake switch(on) then to a pole on the PTO switch (off) to the starter solenoid.
You can test the starter solenoid by jumping Red to White at the solenoid just be sure ignition switch is off and brake is on.
on Jul 14, 2020
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