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I have a K 5.540 that stopped running in the midst of

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Hi, my name is*****...

Hi, my name is***** have a K 5.540 that stopped running in the midst of working and will not restart.

Mechanic's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?

It has happened before, but this year it seemed to start up initially without a problem.

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

I am generally handy and worked on cars...a long time ago, but I'm not sure of my skills with this.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

I am persistent. I cycled through the instructions to remove air and checking the GFCI on the plug and tried different outlets and verified there were no problems at that end.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago
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Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

The motor has no reset, other than the GFI plug. Using a voltmeter, do you have voltage past the GFI to the on/off switch?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Problem is not with the cord or the hose outlet.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
sorry, that's house power outlet.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I checked directly with Karcher and did all the usual troubleshooting. They want me to take it to a service center.
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

OK> But checking with a voltmeter would verify if the GFI is bad. No voltage past it would be a bad GFI, and a new plug would fix it.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Put voltmeter on plug first.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It's not the plug or cord...wish it was.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
i actually had that problem on my last Karcher...not my first rodeo. Should I just follow Karchers advice and take it to a dealer?
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

So you have voltage to the on/off switch from the GFI. Does power go out to the motor from the on/off switch?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Checking...
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

OK>

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Washer is in garage, computer is in the house, takes a few minutes to traverse.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
There is no problem from switch to motor.
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

So the motor is bad!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok, Thanks! I'll contact service and see if it's worth fixing...or better to just buy a new pressure washer. I'm tired of Karcher, any suggestions on another electric powerwasher?
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

For an electric, Karcher has the market cornered. I would go with another Karcher. They make most of the other brand! In a gas powered unit, not so much!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks again, goodbye.
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 4 months ago

Thanks, ***** ***** using the 5 star rating system to close the question.

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