Seized engine?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by huntercook33, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. huntercook33

    huntercook33 LawnSite Member
    from Orando
    Messages: 42

    I have a Craftsman pressure washer, with a Briggs and Straton engine. Its a recoil pull start. Problem is when I pull the cord, it comes out a few inches and then just stops. The washer was leaking oil, this is my dads, I told him to get the gaskets but he didn't listen. Now are we looking at a seized motor? How easy are these to fix?
  2. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    remove the pump from the engine. It might be the pump that has crapped the bed, not the engine. If it still wont turn over, remove the housing where the pull starter is, remove the spark plug and try to turn over the engine by hand. This eliminates everything except an internal failure. To repair the engine.. not worth it. If its a pricey pressurewasher, install a new engine. If not, replace the whole unit.
  3. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Try some PB Blaster spray down the spark plug hole. Put it in pretty heavy and let it sit overnite. We've had luck with that in the past. about 50-50
  4. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    Try Marvel Mystery Oil, that works a little better than PB inside engines.

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