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Preventative Pressure Washer Maintenance


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Taking the time to examine and clean your pressure washer and accessories, both before and after each use, will help you avoid performance problems and save money on parts and repair. Refer to your owner's manual for special guidelines appropriate to your pressure washer make and model.


Prior to Each Use

Pat Simpson checking oilStep 1: Check the Oil

Check engine oil and fuel levels: Top off both oil and fuel if low, or change oil if needed using a manufacturer-recommended oil. Consult engine's owner's manual for instructions.

Check inflatable tires: Keep air pressure at value marked on tires or within 15 and 25 PSI.

Top off fuel


Step 2: Check Screens

Check water inlet screen: Flush with clear water if dirty or clogged; replace with new screen and rubber washer if damaged.

Check in-line screen: Flush with clear water if dirty or clogged; replace with new screen and O-ring if damaged.

Check screens


Step 3: Safety First

Inspect high-pressure hose: Replace if leaks, cuts, abrasions, or bulging of cover exists or if couplings are damaged or have movement. New hoses must exceed maximum pressure rating of your pressure washer.

Examine cleaning detergent injection tube and filter: Clean if dirty or clogged. Examine tube for leaks or tears and make sure it fits tightly on barbed fitting. Replace tube or siphon/filter if either is damaged.

Test spray wand assembly: Replace O-rings if connectors leak (page 100). Clean nozzle orifices if clogged or replace spray wand, adjustable nozzle, or spray tips if original parts are damaged.

Rinse out garden hose: Flush debris from hose prior to attaching to pump inlet.


After Each Use

Flush the cleaning detergent injection system


Step 4: Flush the Cleaning Detergent

Flush the cleaning detergent injection system: Run clean water through the system for two minutes before stopping the engine. Shut down the pressure washer: Shut off engine and let cool. Turn off water supply.

 

Pull recoil handle on engine


Step 5: Relieve the Pressure in the System

Relieve the pressure in the system: Press and hold spray-gun trigger until all water remaining in the line is expelled. Disconnect high-pressure and garden hoses from pump, and detach high-pressure hose from spray gun.

Empty pump of remaining liquids: Pull the recoil handle six times. A small amount of water will leak from the pump's water outlet.



I have a briggs and stratton 190cc 675 series 2550-PSI pressure washer and it wont start. I cleaned the carb out a lot and added oil and gas. It won't even attempt to start and when it does it runs for 2 seconds. It's been sitting in a shed for 5 years.

Asked by: acornell52

My B/S pressure washer Model 135212 will run for a couple-three minutes until the engine gets hot and then it dies and won't start until the engine cools off. Does the "heat sensor switch" ever malfunction? 

Asked by: Jaxcon

Electric washer. Model 020358 Pressure washing has diminished. I found that the inline filter for the incoming hose is missing. Is it possible to clean/maintanence this. Do the nozzles come apart?

Asked by: Birddog

The pressure washer will not pump water thru the high pressure hose. The hose is clear. it has a good flow of water to the pump.

Asked by: gary1961

I bought a electric 1800 pressure washer. the hose for the stop came off I replaced it now when I am pressure washing the soap bin pushes the soap or water back out of it. what do I need to do

Asked by: tommy16
Make sure the hose is installed correctly. Also there may be an issue with the injector causing the soap to back out. Also make sure the nozzle is cleaned and in the proper position.
Answered by: Nicole_BriggsStratton
Date published: 2014-07-22

my power washer model BEVB-2004BWCMXE has a problem of started and run for 2-3 seconds then stops, prime the engine again and run for 3 secs and stops. Any idea?

Asked by: kccheung
The problems you are having sound like symptoms of a dirty carb, I recommend removing the carb from the unit to clean it. Before removing the carburetor I strongly recommend that you take a few digital pictures of how the springs and linkage are re-connected. Once removed, make sure you clean all the small internal passageways. You will also need to remove the fuel bowl on the base of the unit. Once it is removed make sure you clean the inlet needle and the main jet of the carb. I would also recommend running some Briggs and Stratton fresh start fuel stabilizer (mixed with the recommended ratio of gasoline) through it to clean it out whatever you may have missed in the initial cleaning.
Answered by: Nicole_BriggsStratton
Date published: 2014-07-14

after 3x prime, the engine will start running but stops after 2-3 seconds, did this process many times, same, any idea?

Asked by: kccheung
The problems you are having sound like symptoms of a dirty carb, I recommend removing the carb from the unit to clean it. Before removing the carburetor I strongly recommend that you take a few digital pictures of how the springs and linkage are re-connected. Once removed, make sure you clean all the small internal passageways. You will also need to remove the fuel bowl on the base of the unit. Once it is removed make sure you clean the inlet needle and the main jet of the carb. I would also recommend running some Briggs and Stratton fresh start fuel stabilizer (mixed with the recommended ratio of gasoline) through it to clean it out whatever you may have missed in the initial cleaning.
Answered by: Nicole_BriggsStratton
Date published: 2014-07-07

what is the spark plug location on a Briggs and Stratton model #020490 serial number 1201118837357 pressure washer. No one seems to know the answer..

Asked by: JoeGe
The spark plug is between the fuel tank and the muffler.
Answered by: Nicole_BriggsStratton
Date published: 2014-07-07







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