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  • Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

    I have a question about starting the 3000psi pressure washer. Does anyone else have to hold the trigger down to get the engine started? I followed the instructions and it wouldn't stay running. I attached the wand and pressure hose, filled the tank, set it to run, set the choke and I attached the garden hose after I let it run for a about 30-45 seconds to get the air out of the line. After I attached the hose to the pressure washer, I turned the water back on and hit the trigger to get the air out of the line. Then I pulled the rope and it ran for a second and then died. i went to pull it again and it was really hard to pull. I hit the trigger and released the pressure. I tried again and the same thing happened. On the third try, I kept my hand on the trigger when I pulled and it started right up. Once I was able to turn the choke off, i released the trigger and it ran fine. The engine labors a little when i hit the trigger, but other that it runs fine. Is this normal until the unit is broken in? Just curious is all. I only tried it out for few minutes, but the pressure washer works great.

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    Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

    Does your owners manual say to do it that way? I never heard of doing it that way.

    I've always hooked up the hose turned on the water, pull the trigger to let off pressure and start it. Whether you use the choke or not so need to relieve pressure before you start it. Running it without water connected is bad for the pump.

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    • #3
      Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

      Check your engine oil level. there is a low pressure shut off switch built in to protect from running it dry. I neeed to refill after consuming 5 gallons of fuel.

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      • #4
        Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

        Had the same issue trying to start a warm engine with no choke. It would sputter and die even if I released the pressure before hand. It was a bear to start unless I held the trigger open. If I hold the trigger open it starts first pull. The manual doesn't say to keep the trigger pressed until it starts, but if it works, I have no problem with it.

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        • #5
          Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

          Thanks for the replies. Its definitely full of oil. I only ran the engine for a total of 5 minutes just playing with it so i hope it doesn't need oil. Once its running it runs fine. Its like the pump build pressure instantly and the engine can't turn the pump over until its completely running.

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          • #6
            Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

            1) Remove nozzle from wand.

            2) Pull and hold trigger to make sure there is solid water flowing.

            3) Start up engine and allow to warm up a few minutes without load.

            4) If everything seems good, then shut off engine but keep trigger open.

            5) Release trigger to stop flow of water and carefully install nozzle

            6) Hold trigger open and tie it open. Have helper hold wand.

            7) Restart engine and let it run a minute or two with trigger pulled.

            8) Release trigger and change operator as needed.

            Note: You may find it helps to set the pressure regulator very low when starting and warming up the engine. Then once the engine is running good adjust the regulator to the needed pressure. There's not need to run a pressure washer all out all the time. Giving it a a little brake adds life.

            warning: Every time before you attempt to start the engine check oil level and condition. To all you can to prevent engine damage from low or contaminated oil. Change oil after the first few hours, again after a few more hours and then every 25 hours or ever 3-4 months whichever comes first. Engine oil is cheap compared to rebuilding one.

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            • #7
              Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

              Woussko thanks for the hints. I purged the line with the nozzle in place. Maybe thats why I had trouble trying to start it because I had to much air in the line. I'll remove the nozzle next time and make sure there is a steady flow of water going through.

              I don't think this pw has an adjustable pressure regulator. I have the one with the AR pump.

              I agree with you on the oil. A little preventive maintainence is much cheaper than a rebuild. I have 10 different little engines for lawn/yard maintainence in addtion to 4 cars to maintain. I think I was born with a wrench in my hand. I buy oil like most people buy milk. Again thanks for help.

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              • #8
                Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

                I cannot remove the hose or the nozzle from my unit using the quick-connect hook-ups. It's like there is so much pressure built up in it that it will not come off. Therefore I cannot complete the steps you recommended. I did not initially relieve the pressure by pulling the trigger, but then I did and released it. Now nothing will come out. What can I do to remove the trigger/nozzle/hose?

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                • #9
                  Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

                  My pressure washer is 3500psi and does the same thing. When you pull the starter rope, your also spinning the pump which instantly builds pressure which makes the rope hard to pull the next time. You can't compress water, so the pressure building is instant.

                  I don't know what to tell you about your quick connectors.
                  Frequently asked questions about pumps and tanks.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Question about starting a Ridgid 3000psi pressure washer

                    MoneyB, always make sure the engine is OFF, then turn your water supply OFF and try relieving pressure by squeezing the trigger.

                    Your nozzle(s) or gun shouldn't be stuck unless they have rusted/siezed due to being left together too long. For storage I always separate all parts, blow dry with compressed air and spray a bit of WD-40 on the connections to eliminate any rusting.

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