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    B&S engine trouble - (video)

    Hey all. I'm having major trouble with the B&S engine on my pressure washer.
    As you can see from the clip, it barely runs. It weakly chugs for a while after I start it and then it quits. ( disregard the smoke you see in the clip, it no longer smokes)
    clip:YouTube - ‪Briggs and Stratton pressure washer trouble - Help.‬‏

    It's a B&S Quantum XTL Clean Power 60 - Primerless.

    Here's a partial list of things I've done to it so far with no luck:
    -New gas tank (old one developed crack in the seam)

    -Fresh fuel

    -Made sure fuel lines were clear
    -New spark plug
    -Cleaned carb thoroughly (cleaned bowl, took a wire to the jet holes etc.)
    -Changed oil (oil is at proper level)


    Any idea of what the problem may be and any other things I could try to get it working???
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: B&S engine trouble - (video)

    While you were doing this test, was the choke fully closed? From the video, that's the first thing I'd look at -- that it may be fully choked when it should be only partially choked or not choked at all.

    Does it have an automatic choke that could be bad?
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    Re: B&S engine trouble - (video)

    Quote Originally Posted by Shann View Post
    Hey all. I'm having major trouble with the B&S engine on my pressure washer.
    As you can see from the clip, it barely runs. It weakly chugs for a while after I start it and then it quits. ( disregard the smoke you see in the clip, it no longer smokes)
    clip:YouTube - ‪Briggs and Stratton pressure washer trouble - Help.‬‏

    It's a B&S Quantum XTL Clean Power 60 - Primerless.

    Here's a partial list of things I've done to it so far with no luck:
    -New gas tank (old one developed crack in the seam)

    -Fresh fuel

    -Made sure fuel lines were clear
    -New spark plug
    -Cleaned carb thoroughly (cleaned bowl, took a wire to the jet holes etc.)
    -Changed oil (oil is at proper level)


    Any idea of what the problem may be and any other things I could try to get it working???
    Thanks a lot.
    When you cleaned the carb did you clean the bolt that holds the bowl on the carb? It's also a pick up tube. it has holes in it.
    You didn't say anything about the air cleaner, It runs like it could be starved for air. I have a similiar machine, the engine looks to be identical. there's not much to get wrong with an engine set up like that, to run at a constant rpm. It looks like the mixture is off. I know it has a manual choke.... did you reassemble it properly?

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    Re: B&S engine trouble - (video)

    Thanks for the replies.

    @Two-Stroke
    It has a manual choke. Following the instructions in the owner's manual, I always put it in full choke position when I start it up. ( in the video, I probably adjusted choke to different positions just to see if that would do anything to help. It didn't )

    @RobertBrown
    I forgot to list that it also has a clean, brand-new air filter. Yes, I gave the "bowl bolt" a serious cleaning. I used carb cleaner and a small wire to make sure the bolt's holes were clean and open. I'm not 100% sure, but I'm fairly certain the choke is assemble correctly.
    Yeah, that's what's so frustrating. That it seems like such a simple engine, that it would be easy to figure out the problem. But I've tried every obvious thing I could think of and still no luck.

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    Re: B&S engine trouble - (video)

    Could it be that the pump is ceased? Did you loan it out or run it dry. If your pulling from a well.....well sometimes they can pickup sand and that will toast that piston pump faster that a raped ape.

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    Re: B&S engine trouble - (video)

    I've never loaned it out and I've always been really good about making sure the hose was hooked up and running before starting it up. But I guess it's possible the pump might've gotten fouled up at some point.
    I didn't even consider that a messed up pump could have a serious effect on the engine. I'll check on the pump to make sure it's working properly. Thanks.

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    Re: B&S engine trouble - (video)

    sounds like it could be the coil for some reason people tend to spray the pressure washer off after they use it and i think the water could have messed up the coil or it could have gone bad on its own i think u did a good job on the carb

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