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Pressure washer storage maintenance #4561652
11/01/17 10:05 PM
11/01/17 10:05 PM
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motor_oil_madman Offline OP
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Is there anything that needs to be done to a pressure washer when not in use? I used my pressure washer then a month later I came back to use it and noticed the tip I used was rusted. I've heard guys run antifreeze through the pump and hose etc. Will that eliminate rust problems too?


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561666
11/01/17 10:29 PM
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I think the rust is caused from how it was stored. Where do you leave it? Do you run any products through it? I would store it in a dry place is all. Ive never used antifreeze or any such products on it and its been fine the few years ive had mine.


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Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561737
11/02/17 12:09 AM
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Try storing it with the tip up, or remove the tip.

I don't do anything special with my pressure washer until it's time to put away for the winter.


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Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561800
11/02/17 05:37 AM
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More importantly, you should run antifreeze thru the pump each time you use it. They make foaming antifreeze that expands and forces water out of the pump. I never really worry about the tips and have never had to replace one. If I did, they are only a few bucks on Amazon.

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561805
11/02/17 05:49 AM
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For storage I've used Briggs and Stratton Pump Saver from Lowes. Combination AF and pump lubricant. Relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Following the instructions, doesn't require much to get the job done.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Briggs-Stratton-4-fl-oz-Pump-Saver/3241112

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561810
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^^^I use Pump Saver too. My pressure washer is a B&S powered Craftsman that's close to 10 years old.


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Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561846
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I didn't think or know about pump antifreeze. I will buy some. Before winter I've always blown the water out with air.

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561856
11/02/17 07:48 AM
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Does it freeze where you are? PumpSaver is what many people use.

Obviously normal OPE engine maint.


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Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561893
11/02/17 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
Is there anything that needs to be done to a pressure washer when not in use? I used my pressure washer then a month later I came back to use it and noticed the tip I used was rusted. I've heard guys run antifreeze through the pump and hose etc. Will that eliminate rust problems too?


I use Sta-Bil in the gas and PW pump saver in the pump. Has worked well for years.


2007 Ford Fusion 232,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 55K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and MC LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: Donald] #4561902
11/02/17 08:43 AM
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Houston, Texas
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Does it freeze where you are? PumpSaver is what many people use.

Obviously normal OPE engine maint.


Usually only a couple days a year and it normally does it without any warning. Last year it got down to 25 degrees for like 5 nights In a row.


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561909
11/02/17 08:52 AM
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I store mine in my basement. It doesn't get cold enough there to freeze.

Re: Pressure washer storage maintenance [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4561984
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I drain the lines, take the tips off, drain the gas tank and empty the carb bowl and then store in the garage....had it since 2001...Honda with 3300 PSI....sucker will cut concrete and take off paint from the front bumper of her car....wife didn't notice!!!!


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