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2020/02/27 18:33:14 (permalink)
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Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes!

I have a fairly new Ironton (sold by Northern Tools) 180cc pressure washer.  I accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes.  No excused....just a stupid mistake.  I was wondering why it was running rough and not as powerful as usual.  When I realized what was going on, I switched it to "run", and it immediately stopped.  After that, it would only backfire when I would try to start it.  I thought maybe the flywheel key was sheared, so I checked the flywheel key, and it wasn't sheared.  I wanted to adjust the valves (OHV), but can't find any specs for it.  I took off the cover, and they moved freely, but I have no idea if they need adjustment if I don't have the correct specs.  I put it all back together, tried to start it again, and it runs, but roughly, and only on 1/2 choke.  Any thoughts?

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    AVB
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    Re: Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes! 2020/02/28 14:15:32 (permalink)
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    Need to actual engine model and spec/type numbers but it sounds like you had and got carburetor problems. Try cleaning the carburetor.
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    Re: Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes! 2020/02/28 17:39:04 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the reply.  I got to thinking about it, and suspected that I may have fouled the plug.  Purchased a replacement plug, drained the tank and carb, and now all is fine!
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    Re: Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes! 2020/02/29 01:05:54 (permalink)
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    Tnx for letting us you got it and the resolution. This help us better help the next person.
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    Re: Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes! 2020/03/14 19:56:55 (permalink)
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    This post caught my eye as I am having similar issues.  I have blown two spark plugs with my Honda GCV160 engine on my Homelite power washer.  I too was running the power washer with choke on for an extended time.  Could that be causing spark plug to blow out?  I am not the most mechanical, so just trying to figure all this out.
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    Re: Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes! 2020/03/14 21:12:31 (permalink)
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    Running with the choke on won't cause plugs to blow out, either they were loose to start with or overtightened stripping the threads.
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    Re: Accidentally ran it on choke for 20 minutes! 2020/03/15 08:57:37 (permalink)
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    Well, after having drained the tank, drained the carb, and pulling the engine over several times with the plug removed to expel any remaining fuel, I also coughed up the money to purchase a high-quality spark plug.  I think all of these combined helped to give me a fresh start with the pressure washer (along with making sure that I didn't run it on choke, again!).  Also, for whatever it's worth, I will only put ethanol free fuel in my gas-powered equipment....nothing else!
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