Carburetor is one of the major parts of any engine. You will definitely get a carburetor in any type of combustion engine, for instance, the gas pressure washer. It is where the air mixes with the fuel for combustion to take place.
It is therefore prudent to clean your carburetors as often as possible. And if the pressure washer pump has failed, you need to consider buying a new one
Are you stuck on how to clean your carburetor on your pressure washer?
Well, then, here is a step by step guide on how to clean your carburetor not only on a pressure washer but also on the other types of engines.
Although carburetors look different, this process can be used to clean all types of carburetors since they all exhibit almost the same layout and functions.
1. Remove the Carburetor From the Pressure Washer
The first step is to remove the carburetor from the pressure washer. You can do this by turning the fuel valve off while tracking the fuel line down to the carb. You can then remove both the overflow hose and the hose at the carb.
Remove all the screws and clamps in the carbs both rear and front. The carburetor will then be left loose, you can now remove it by twisting and wiggling it. However, if the carburetor is still held by the throttle, you can remove the throttle by twisting the top cap or by unscrewing it.
2. Remove the Float Bowl
The next step is to remove the float.
You can do this by unscrewing all the four screws located at the bottom of the carburetor then you can remove the float bowl by pulling it off the carburetor.
Note that these screws should be removed with a lot of care since they can easily strip. Also if you have no plans to replace the gasket then ensure it remains intact.
You can use a pair of pliers to remove the float pins.
3. Remove All the Jets and the Outer Parts
Once the float bowl is removed, you can then remove all the jets and the outer last parts. If you have a carburetor with splash plates, then you need to take all of them off in order to get to the jets.
However, if your carburetor does not have them, then you can remove the jets directly using a screwdriver to remove the skinny and long pilot jets.
However, for the main jet, you will have to use a hex head since its short and fat.
4. Clean the Carburetor and Return It to the Pressure Washer
Lastly, you can now clean your carburetor.
Ensure you remove all the gaskets and O-rings before you start this process. You can clean your carburetor by soaking all the parts in a gallon. You can also clean the parts of the carburetor by scrubbing them using a wire brush then spraying them with choke or carb.
Spray all the idle screws, float needles, air, and the jets until all the debris is removed. You can also remove the stubborn debris by spraying compressed air into the holes. Always remember to put on protective garments such as gloves and glasses while cleaning the carburetor.
Once you are sure your carburetor is clean, you can return it back to the pressure washer.
It is not advisable to leave your engines sitting unused or without running it for a long period of time.
However, sometimes this might just occur because of the unavoidable circumstances until the fuel then starts to break down.
In that case, you should ensure that you have replaced all the fuels in the tank first before you even think of starting the engine. Otherwise, you might double your problems.