Craftsman HP Washer w/B&S engine

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Old 05-07-06, 11:36 AM
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Craftsman HP Washer w/B&S engine

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I'm having problem starting my high pressure washer, the recoil spring only comes out about 4 inch, then I tug on it a bit more it come outs another 4 inch and that is it. Basically, I can not yank the starter coil at all, to engage the engine. Here is what happen, I was using the washer for about 5 minutes, then the water intake hose got tangle up and cut off the water supply. When the water supply was cut off, the motor just went dead. This has happen before in the past, but the starter coil was able to be pulled all the way and I just restarted the engine. But, this time it only comes out 4 inches!!! I've tried releasing all the pressure from the system by squeezing the trigger on the spray gun, but that didn't work. I've looked inside the recoil assembly area to see if any debri may have gotten trapped, but it is all clear. Any suggestion is welcome, thank you in advance.

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Craftsman HP Washer
7.25HP OHV
3000psi, 2.7GPM
Model#580.753000
 
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Old 05-07-06, 03:02 PM
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By chance,when the water hose got tangeled up did it tip your presure washer over???If so you might have motor oil in the cylinder.Wow does it pull without a spark plug in it??
 
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Old 05-07-06, 07:24 PM
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No, the washer was never tipped over, when the water line got tangle. But, I'll take out the spark plug and see will it pull tomorrow. Just wondering, what does the spark plug have to do with the starter coil, not even coming out more than 4 inches?
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Old 05-07-06, 07:39 PM
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Compression. If the engine is hydrolocked with oil or gas, you won't be able to pull the rope. Make sure the plug wire is not able to spark while you pull with the plug out in case gas comes shooting out when you pull the rope.
 
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Old 05-08-06, 07:03 PM
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Ok, today I've pulled out the spark plug and tried to pull the starter cord, but it still only come out about 4 inches. But, I examined the whole rewind starter housing more closely and noticed that the reason why it comes out 4 inches is because the pawls on the rewind is coming out prematurely. It comes out too early and hits the flywheel-cup's ridges. The flywheel cup has these ridges and dips, and the pawls comes out on the ridges, instead of the dips and that is why I only get about 4 inches. So maybe, when the water intake hose was immediately cut off, this kind of jerked the engine and misaligned the starter-rewinding mechanism. So the question is how to do get it back aligned, meaning the pawls and the flywheel cup are in synch. I tried playing around with it, but nothing works so far. Any clue how to align this thing?
Thanks in advance.

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Craftsman HP Washer
7.25HP OHV
3000psi, 2.7GPM
Model#580.753000
 
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Old 05-09-06, 12:01 AM
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There is no timing or "sync" for the ratchet pawls and cup. They are supposed to hit the ridges, that's how it turns the engine. Sounds like your engine is locked or the pump is locked. I'd remove the engine shroud and have a look at the coil, see if it came loose and is hitting the flywheel. If not, seperate the engine from the pump and find out which one is locked.
 
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