I ordered a Honda Pressure Washer off of Ebay, after this thread started. It was a RECON unit. But cheap. It came in last week. I tried starting it, and noticed it was difficult to pull, but chaulked that off to the pump was engaged. It did start, but siezed after 5 seconds. I couldn't even pull start it after that. Now we gotta send it back. Contacted the Ebay Seller. They recommended I take it to a Service Center, and they'll refund me $5. Checked their list, theres none within a couple hundred miles. Contacted Ebay seller again. Asked them for my money back, or exchange. They offered me and exchange, but I would have to pay to have it sent back. I checked out how much that was going to cost $70 !!!
Told Seller to pay this, as the unit arrived defective. They offered me $10 back, but insisted their policy clearly stated "Returns were to be paid by Buyer". I siad "I read your return policy, and it doesn't mention defective item returns. They offered me $15 back and said "defective items fall under the Returns Items policy. Back & forth, back & forth we go.
Finally, they said they will send a pre-paid return label to cover the cost of the return, but I would have to pay $30 for it. I thought that was better than $70, so I agreed.
Now its a week lator, and the new replacement Pressure Washer arrives today. I goto start it up. I pull, and pull, and pull. Nothing, not even a putt. Oh cr@p, another DOA.... Well, I'm not paying another $30 to send this one back, lets do some Diags...
Gas to carb-- Check
That narrowed it down.
I pull the carb, open the bowl, and its full of gas, ok, good sign.
But whats this??? Whats all this white stuff that looks like caulk???? I try wiping it out with paper towel. No good, it hard. Must be Aluminum rust. I scrape it all out of the bowl, and notice it was clogging up the main jet orifice. I pull the jet, ream it all out with a jet reamer, clean all the pieces out with carb cleaner, and bolt it back on.
First pull, the pressure washer starts!
So much for RECON units, stick with new.