How to fix your pressure washer recoil starter and tip over troubleshooting

How to fix your pressure washer recoil starter and tip over troubleshooting

How to fix your pressure washer recoil starter and tip over troubleshooting

Can’t pull the recoil on your pressure washer? There are a number of reasons as to why this could be, but the most common cause is a tip over. This occurs when the pressure washer has been tipped over on its side during transportation or operation.

When this happens, there are a few things that need to be cleaned up before use. Here’s what you’ll need to accomplish these tasks:

– A 10mm wrench.
– A Spark plug socket wrench (included with pressure washer). If you don’t have one, they can be purchased at most hardware stores.

First, you’ll want to pull the trigger of your spray gun to release any pressure that could be locked in the pump. Next, the air filter will need to be removed and checked for any oil. If any is visible, it must be replaced. The tray and O-ring beneath will likely require cleaning as well, so ensure this is done before installing the new filter.

After removing the filter, tray, and O-ring, it’s time to move on to the spark plug. Locate the spark plug behind the air filter and remove it using the spark plug wrench. Note: Do not use air or power tools to remove the plug, as this will damage the threads. Once removed, clean off the spark plug, but no not put it back in the unit yet.

Now that the spark plug has been removed and cleaned, it’s time to remove any excess oil from the cylinder. To do this, place a cloth/towel over the opening and pull on the recoil. The compression of the engine will force oil out of the opening and onto the cloth. Keep pulling on the recoil for 5-10 minutes or until oil stops coming out of the cylinder. Once this is done, reinstall the spark plug.

You will also want to check your carburetor before attempting to start your washer. Using the 10mm wrench, undo the bolt and remove the tray. If it looks clean, simply reinstall it. If not, you will need to drain some of your fuel until it starts coming out clean. Ensure you use a drip tray or other vessel to catch the fuel. Once this is done, reassemble the washer and start it up.

After starting the unit, you may see white or blue smoke coming from the exhaust. This should subside after 5 to 10 minutes. With this, your pressure washer should be running good as new, and you should be able to pull on the recoil without any issues. If your unit still isn’t starting, feel free to watch our pressure washer start-up video (linked below) or visit the support section of our website. We’re always happy to lend a hand!

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Pressure Washer Start-Up: