I have a Honda power washer that I am using to prepare my home for
painting. This weekend I was using it quite a bit without problem. I
accidentally let the engine run out of gas the it stopped. I refilled
the tank with gas and tried to start it but it wouldn't do anything.
I thought the problem was that the fuel lines didn't have any gas in
them so it had nothing to ignite so I went and bought some ether spray
and sprayed it into the air intake. After doing this two times the
engine started up like it should and I thought the problem was
solved. However after using it for about a half an hour I turned it
off to take my son inside, when I returned it wouldn't start again.
Since then even the Ether spray hasn't helped. I checked the spark
plug and that looks fine. The wierd thing is that the pull start is
all of a sudden really hard to pull. When it was working fine it
pulled rather easily, but now it is almost as if the engine is locked
I really have no experience with engine's what-so-ever so I am not
quite sure what to do. One of my friends that worked on the grounds
crew at a golf course suggested the ether spray and my neighbor
checked the spark plug and said it looked good.
Any ideas of things to try?
On Tue, 04 Sep 2007 20:30:09 +0000, TheRegit wrote:
Maybe the pump is "almost locked up." If you don't know what you're doing
as you say you don't, find a small engine repair shop. If it were mine I
would remove the pump and see if the engine starts. If it still is hard to
pull then you've got internal damage to the engine. If it starts the pump
is damaged. See how easy that was? :)
I have a honda pressure washer, second one, the first one I got, right out
of box, did just like your's, after 1/2 hour of running it was hard to pull,
wouldn't start, I checked oil before and after, before I ran it, nice and
new and clean, after it was silver, something got eaten up in there, took it
back, they gave me a new one, it's run about 10 times now with no problem.
On Sep 6, 12:16 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Okay so this shows how much I don't know about Power Washers. I took
the thing to a local lawn and garden shop and had their service person
take a look at it. He checked out a few things for about 30 seconds,
pulled the pull start once and viola it started to problem. Turns out
that you can only start those things if you hold the trigger and
release the pressure that is built up in the engine. He said never to
start it without the trigger being held down. So after feeling like a
complete idiot I took his advice and the thing has been working great
I looked in my manual and it says to start it with the trigger lock on.
That keeps the trigger from being pulled.
Then it mentions after you run it or if it tries to start and doesn't, to
pull the trigger and release the pressure before restarting.. It is in just
the regular print. One would think this would be in bold print because it
is an important point. Then it mentions something about if you don't
releaes the pressure, it could cause the motor to kick back.
Wow! I just had this same issue. I borrowed this unit from my sister and thought
I had broken it in 10 minutes.
One pull of the trigger and it started right up again. Before that, it was as if
the pull cord was tangled. I guess it was just too much compression in the
Amazing advice. I am not a mechanic and I couldn't restart my powerwasher
that has a Honda GC160 5.0 engine. It ran out of gas. After refueling, af
ter first pull rope would not pull again. Like it was bound up somehow. A
fter reviewing your post Viola! Pulled the release lever on the wand that
in turn released the pressure and it started. Thank you very much for the
tip. Your suggestion was not in my manual. Dave
On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:46:03 AM UTC-4, MEWICKER wrote:
I have an electric one that will sometimes trip the breaker
if I try to start it without the spray trigger valve open.
I've gotten used to starting it that way. Guess the same
principle applies to gas.
Thank you sooooo much!
I was cleaning my deck and the same thing happened to me. First, for some
reason, maybe because I am a female with not much muscle on my arms, I have a
bit of trouble starting it - at this point, it usually pulls back real fast,
bruises my fingers and if my leg is on the machine to keep it from flipping, it
bruises my ankle too! That said, I have to ask my son to come out each time to
start it for me. So if you have any fix for the cord pulling back fast let me
know. But after one day of washing the deck, the next morning I called him to
start it up. His arms are huge - he just pulls once usually and it starts. Well
the machine cord gave him some trouble. Was extremely hard to pull. He tried
several times before having to give up. I went it to look it up on the internet
and saw your solution. We did what you said and it started on the first pull.
Amazing - thanks for this post that I somehow found almost immediately. You
saved hours of my time!
Seriously, if there is a fix for thequick recoil that almost pulls me back into
the machine, let me know. Am I just to weak to pull it hard enough?
I had a small generator that did the same thing. It turned out that the
engine's compression release mechanism was not working.
The compression release is a part in the engine that holds a valve
partially open to make it easier to start. Once the engine begins
rotating, centrifugal force moves the mechanism out of the way so the
valve closes to allow full compression.
It is possible that the mechanism is stuck due to sludge in the oil.
Changing oil might help. If yours is broken, repair may involve
disassembling the engine. I had the local dealer repair mine. It was
not cheap, but much less than a new generator.
One thing you can try, is to slowly pull the starter rope until you feel
resistance due to the compression. Let the rope move back in so you
have its full length available. Then give it a strong pull.
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