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Old 04-26-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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I don't know if this is the correct place to ask this but I have a problem starting the engine on my power washer. This must be a simple problem to solve but I am having trouble starting this engine.
It is a 2600PSI gasoline. For the obvious, it has fresh fuel, oil, plug is ok, switch is on and the choke it in the correct position (cold engine, choke is on). I took the bottom of the carb off & cleaned out any debris. The air filter is clean. I did spray starting fluid into the carb & the engine did run for about 2-3 seconds.
So does anyone have an idea what the problem could be? Thank you in advance for any help at all.
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I have a problem starting the engine
it has fresh fuel...
I took the bottom of the carb off...
When you put it away last year...
did you run the tank dry or fill it full and add stabil?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:31 PM   #3
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You do have the water hooked to it and on right? Most have a safety that will not let them run without water flow.

When you checked the plug did you re-gap it?

Your fuel is new and clean and was not sitting over the winter right?

Ethanol can be hard on rubber and such parts in small engines. Did you run it alot last year?

Once you get it running, you might think about non-ethanol fuel for it (and all your small engines). You can get it at a boatyard or in tank size cans (quite pricey but could add years to your machines).

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Old 04-26-2013, 08:46 PM   #4
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They also have a stabilizer for ethanol now.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...2426&ppt=C0126
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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Happened to see this Australian product in a posting elsewhere today. I could not resist passing it along. Perhaps you know an Aussie that could Air Express you a can?
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Those Aussies, they're great!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:39 AM   #7
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If the mower kicked over and ran for a short while with starting fluid, you are not getting fuel to the cumbution chamber. Your main jet is probably clogged. Remove the float bowl. Spray Carb cleaner up into the jet which is right in the center. Clean out the orifices with a torch tip cleaner or a guitar string if you play. Fill the float bowl with SeaFoam and let sit for a while. Tap the float bowl a couple of times to make sure the float needle isn't stuck, Then start the engine.
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What is sea foam? I think you are right that the chamber needs to be cleaned out. Thanks.
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If the mower kicked over and ran for a short while with starting fluid, you are not getting fuel to the cumbution chamber. .
This, pretty much. The only exception would be that the spark isn't hot enough to ignite the appropriate amount of fuel, and the start fluid can take less of a spark to ignite.. but I doubt that's the case. My guess would be clogged jet or fuel line/filter.
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What is sea foam? I think you are right that the chamber needs to be cleaned out. Thanks.
This be SeaFoam.
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