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pressure washer... no water through it


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06-28-17, 12:42 PM   #1  
pressure washer... no water through it

Craftsman gas powered pressure washer, maybe 20 years or so old with a Reverberi XMV3G25 pump. It doesn't get a lot of use, maybe once or twice one year, then nothing the next year. Pulled the rope slowly a couple of times with the switch off just to turn things over, hooked up the water, turned the switch on, pulled the rope, and if fired right up. So far so good. Then noticed no water coming out the nozzle so shut it off. No water getting to the pressure hose. Removed the water hose, checked the inlet screen, wiped out just a minimal amount of grit, still no water getting through it, and that's where I am. Going to investigate further this evening. I've never had one of these pumps apart, but looked at the diagram and have some idea how it's made. Planning to take the pressure relief valve out and see if that's hung up somehow, then remove the head (?) (brass body) from the crankcase (?) and see how bad it looks inside. Diagram doesn't seem to show any gaskets, so assume these are machined surfaces. As I said, the inlet screen was actually pretty clean, and typically has been when I have checked it in the past, but we have well water, mildly hard, so still could be an issue. Anything else that I want to be looking at?

 
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06-28-17, 04:35 PM   #2  
Success! Pulled the pressure relief valve, unloader, or whatever the right name is out, turned the water on, and had plenty coming out that port as well as where the pressure hose connects. The plunger in it would not budge with any reasonable amount of tapping, so was thinking at first that I would soak it in some lime-away, but didn't know if that might affect the O rings, so kept working on it. There are two ports in the side of the body, opposite each other, and I managed to figure out that if I rotated the stem a bit I could see a little pin holding the two ends of the stem together. Used a very small pin driver to get that out, worked at the ends a bit to get them out, cleaned everything up, put it back together, and we had pressure at the wand. Sorry if too long of an explanation, but it's that time of the year, so maybe it will help someone sometime.

 
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06-28-17, 05:29 PM   #3  
Glad you got it figured out!


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