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09-01-02, 05:21 PM   #1  
Motor stuck, Honda Power Washer

Honda GC610 Power Washer. Just out of warrenty.
I have been using it recently, about 30 hrs in the last 3 weeks with no problem. Tried to start it today and it would run for 30 to 90 seconds and quit. Did this about 3 to 5 times. Then on last try, when I pulled the starter string, it snaped, (maybe I lost grasp on the return). After that, the starter string won't pull, it stops (jams). Took off the housing around the starter string and could not turn the motor by hand. The sting assembly seemed fine.
What is the best way to free up the bind? Can I do it? Can a small engine repair shop do it quickly and cheaply?
It has oil, but not been changed. I have to store it outside, but covered up in plastic. We have had a lot of rain lately. Maybe this has something to do with it.
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09-02-02, 10:13 AM   #2  
Several Possibilities

Hello and Welcome DCDoug to our Do-It-Yourself Web Site and our Small Engine forum.

In my opinion, covering the equipment with plastic isn't a good method. Plastic does not breath so it tends to hold in the moisture.

Moisture on most parts will create rust and corrosion. Corrosion on the electrical componets and in the fuel system, etc. can cause the problem you described and many other similar problems.

It's also possible the vent hole in the fuel tanks cap is restricted and or blocked up. Try running the engine without the cap installed.

Also check for fuel flow out of the tank and into the carb. Carb could be filled with water, gum varnish etc. or just plugged up with gunk. Float could be stuck etc.

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