Craftsman power washer won't stay running

pdog(NJ)May 31, 2008

I borrowed my father's Craftsman Power Washer (model#580.752410). It starts up just fine, I let it run for a minute or so on high. When I hit the trigger to spray, the motor bogs really bad and after 5 secs or so cuts out. Any ideas? I checked the inlet hose and screen and they are not kinked or dirty.

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rustyj14(W/PA)

Sounds like a dirty carburetor!
If you can clean it out, do it. If not mechanically inclined, take it to a repairman.
there are tricks to carb cleaning, although a few squirts of carburetor cleaner in under the air filter might help. I not, then seek professional help!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 6:57PM
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pdog(NJ)

It is a start. Thanks!

I will try again tomorrow. I have some carb cleaner in the garage.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 8:19PM
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dave_mn(4b)

If it runs fine on high then its not the carb. Take the hose off and make sure everything is clear. Also adjust the pump unloader and see if that helps.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 9:14PM
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pdog(NJ)

The inlet screen was clear, that is the first thing I checked. Any advice on how about you adjust the pump unloader? I do not really know much about these things.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 11:54PM
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