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Old 02-03-2005, 10:02 PM
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Hard Starting Briggs

I have a older 5 hp horizontal shaft briggs on a powerwasher that is almost impossable to start. It takes at least 30 pulls and 1/2 can of staring fluid every time. This is all the time, not a weather issue. It runs great after it gets going. What do I need to do? Thanks
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Old 02-04-2005, 03:38 AM
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first try changing your spark plug if you havent done it for a while, then clean air filter, if that doesnt work take carb apart and clean, check needle valve, etc...
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Old 02-04-2005, 04:05 AM
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It could also be a lack of spark. Snap the plug wire on a new plug, ground the plug and turn the engine over to see what you get. Or if you have testers, by all means put them to use.
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Old 02-04-2005, 08:49 AM
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Hard starting

Make sure to check the choke plate is closing all the way. Change the plug. Make sure the coil has a good strong spark with a tester. Make sure the float and needle valve are working right and clean the bowl out. make sure there is no trash in the jet and idle circuit holes. Good luck
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Old 02-04-2005, 01:00 PM
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If the choke is set properly and everything else is right, it sounds to me like the engine is low on compression. Needing starting fluid is a common symptom of low compression.
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Old 02-04-2005, 01:04 PM
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I would say that it may be a dirty air filter. Take the filter off and then try to start it.
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:17 PM
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I helped a friend start a pressure washer once. The more you pulled, the harder it was to pull. After it sat a while it started all over again. I finally had him hold the trigger while I pulled the starter rope. That worked.
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:59 PM
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I would just go through a do a checklist and replace everything

spark plugs
air filter
spray some carb cleaner in there
change the oil
put some gas in there with dry gas

one other thing that I would check is the choke shutter. Make sure that it is closing/opening all the way when you have it on choke. I ran into a similar problem on a 15HP Kawasaki once. It took about 40+ pulls during the fall to fire it up, finally realized it was the choke shutter.

just give it a thorough clean over and I am sure that it will make a huge difference
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Old 02-04-2005, 04:59 PM
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The more you use starting fluid, the more the engine depends on it.
It washes down the cylinder walls and causes premature wear.

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Old 02-04-2005, 05:15 PM
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Thanks guys, I will check it out in the morning. Anyone know what the compresson should be? Thanks
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