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pull cord to start pressure washer does not work

The pull cord gets stuck with only about 5 inches of pull cord outside the pressure washer

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I can understand your frustration over the pull cord to your pressure washer malfunctioning. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the make and complete model number of your product, so your expert will be able to provide you with the best possible answer. Just click on reply down below, where you can provide the additional information.
by Manage My Life
May 6th, 2013
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the pressure washer. If the pull cord will not pull out, I recommend pulling the trigger on the wand while trying to start the engine. If you can start the engine this way, I suspect the unloader valve in the pump is stuck. The unloader should open when the pump builds enough pressure. If it does not the engine will act as if it is seized. To cure this, the unloader has to be replaced. If you cannot pull the starter with the trigger pulled, I recommend removing the spark plug. Then try to pull the starter rope. If it will not pull out, I suspect the engine is seized. This can be cause by running the engine low on oil. To fix this the engine will need to be replaced.


Once you determine the problem, the parts can be ordered from the following link.

Replacement parts for Craftsman pressure washers.



I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with a model number and more details.

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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 26,105 community points in Washers
May 8th, 2013
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