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The engine of your pressure washer may rev sporadically because it is experiencing an intermittent blockage of the air that it needs to function properly. The first thing that you should do is to check the air filter for clogs caused by debris or dirt. Clean out any clogs that you find and the erratic revving may stop.
Surging occurs when the pressure is fine and then weakens. It is caused when the flow rate for the pump cannot be supported by the water supply. Problems can mount from there so it is important that it is dealt with as soon as possible.
A dirty inlet or discharge valve is the most common cause of a pulsating pressure washer. Dirt or hard water can get caught up in these little divots. It is important that you clean out these pieces every so often to prevent these kinds of problems.
How Do I Tell If My Unloader Valve is Bad? In most occurrences, the first symptom of an unloader valve going bad is no pressure from the wand when the trigger is pressed. This happens when the unloader valve gets stuck open and does not allow water to enter the hose and trigger.
Direct drive pressure washer pumps run at around 3400 RPM, while belt-drive pressure washer pumps run at about 1,700 RPM. Because the pump runs at half the speed, it won`t get as hot and, in the long run, will last longer.
Symptoms can include: The engine idling too fast or not idling down when the throttle lever is moved to idle position. Surging (overrevving). The engine not being able to reach top speed.
Pressure may decrease if your packing is worn out or if there are abrasives or severe cavitation (bubbles) in the pumped fluids. This can be caused by an inadequate amount of water and/or a lack of proper filtration. To fix, install the proper filter.
An internal air bladder and an external electrical pressure switch regulate the air pressure inside a tank. If either is worn out or not working, this can cause a pulsating water flow due to water surging in the pipes.
A surge in pressure within a piping system, known as water or fluid hammer, occurs whenever the linear flow rate of fluid in pipe changes quickly – when pumps start or stop, valves open or close with quick acting actuation devices, or entrapped air moves within the system.
Unloader valve failure — Power lags also result from failed unloader valves. This problem can be diagnosed by manually enacting the valve function. Open the tank and drain out the air and water, then close and power back up. If the compressor bogs down once again, the valve needs to be replaced.
Without an unloader valve, the water pressure continues to build up in the nozzle, potentially causing a very unsafe situation. The increase in pressure – without an unloader valve to regulate it – could cause the water pressure to go over the PSI limit, potentially damaging your pressure washer`s pump.
Common check valve problems include noise (water hammer), vibration/chattering, reverse flow, sticking, leakage, missing internals, component wear or damage. However, it is worth mentioning that normally the real cause is the wrong size, spring, and/or style for the check valve application.
Think of GPM as rinsing power. The higher a pressure washer`s GPM, the quicker you can wash a surface clean. The GPM of effective commercial pressure washers ranges from 2.2 to 10.
Mid-Range Power: 2,000 to 3,200 PSI

The most versatile category of pressure washers, those ranging from 2,000 to 3,200 PSI effectively clean cars (including the most well-used off-road vehicles), home siding, fences, boats and grimy garage floors. Those closer to 3,200 PSI work effectively on tough stains, too.

Clean out the machine and make sure all of the components are clear before using it again. Finally, check the oil level in the machine. If the oil is low, this can cause overheating. Add more oil as needed and be sure to use the proper type of oil for your specific model of pressure washer.
If the machine is pulsing when on standby, is the garden hose supplying the pressure washer fully uncoiled? If the machine is pulsing whilst in use, it may be that the accessory you are using has a blockage. Clear by soaking the accessory in warm soapy water and then rinsing out under the tap.
It`s usually a knob that is attached to the water output port, and you reduce pressure by turning it clockwise. Dialing back the pressure also reduces the volume of the spray to turn a powerful sprayer into one that you can safely use to clean around windows and other fragile surfaces.
If the machine is pulsing when on standby, is the garden hose supplying the pressure washer fully uncoiled? If the machine is pulsing whilst in use, it may be that the accessory you are using has a blockage. Clear by soaking the accessory in warm soapy water and then rinsing out under the tap.

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Honda powwer boss 3000-whenyoupull the handale to spray it kills the engine
ANSWER : Sounds like the unloader (regulator). Try removing the nozzle, the pull the trigger with the engine running. If motor is still running then it could be the Unloader malfunctioning. If you require a new one try a bypass system for the unloader. The bypass will help save the life of the unloader.

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Need help in getting Honda engine on NorthStar pressure washer to run.
ANSWER : Could be low water pressure I have found.Also, I purchased a can of “stuff” at Lowes today which allows you to circulate a liquid substance which lubricates the pressure pump….the pump could be frozen up…I have a rotating nozzle which I bought…and it had frozen up…this stuff works

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My Honda pressure washer is leaking out of the thermal relief valve and I am looking for a part,I also do not have the manual. The model number is WGC 3030 and it is 3.0 gpm 9.0HP. The number on the thermal valve is 33120004,where can I find a part?
ANSWER : Does the thermal valve just screw into the pump head, if so what size thread is it? I have 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 in stock.

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Low pressure Will not keep pressure
ANSWER : Faulty pump. check each valve for obstruction or fault

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My Honda 2600 psi power washer will not pull to start. It was running great then I allowed the neighbor to borrow it. He ran the washer till it was out of gas and proceeded to refuel and at this point it would no longer start. The pull cord is out about 4-6 inches out and I am concerned about taking the casing off myself.

Fearing that it may throw more off on the unit. If i take the casing off are there any spring loaded parts that will dismount?

What should I do? Spark Plug? Turn wrenches?

Please let me know

ANSWER : You should be fine to take the recoil off, there shouldn’t be anything that shoots out at you. You might want to check the oil level on the engine, many of the Honda engines won’t start unless there is enough oil in them. If your oil level is fine, check to make sure that your motor is getting spark.

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My honda gx110 water pump has been sitting outside for a year and now wont start.. I’ve bled it, changed the oil and refuelled, still no success! (plug seems ok) any suggestions? cheers
ANSWER : There is a very good possibility that corrosion has locked up the float. I would try removing the cover/bowl and make sure the float isn’t stuck. With all of the other things you’ve done this is my best guess.
Good luck!

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<!– from fixya rte –>Electrical diagram for Honda GX390 – Honda Gx390 Motor Inside Cover
ANSWER : Check out the manual here http://cdn.powerequipment.honda.com/engines/pdf/manuals/37Z5F602.pdf

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1750 psi Electric Pressure Washer: My pressure washer is losing pressure and is pulsa…
ANSWER : If the pressure washer is pulsating then that is a sign of check valve failure. You may be able to clean of replace the check valves. Replacing the head is the wrong way to go. This is completely unnecessary. If you can tell me the model number of your pressure washer then I can assist you better in pointing you in the right direction.

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