Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether class action lawsuits can be filed on behalf of people who experienced problems with their Troy-Bilt pressure washers. They have reason to believe a possible defect in the machines may be causing them to stall or lose pressure during use. To help with their investigation, they're asking to speak with people who experienced these problems.
Attorneys have reason to believe that the problem stems from the Briggs and Straton motor inside the pressure washers. They suspect that the engines start to break down after only 15 to 20 hours of use, possibly due to their plastic components.
It is believed that this can lead to a number of problems, including loss of pressure, no water flow and stalling. Additionally, reports have surfaced that when a pressure washer sits for a certain period of time without being used, the carburetor can get clogged and the machine won’t start. One consumer claimed that he poured a fuel additive into the machine to keep it from clogging, but that the machine stalled anyway.
Consumers have reported that their pressure washers won’t stay running or shut off unexpectedly. They have also complained that their machines won’t start or lose pressure during use. Some of their online complaints can be read below [sic throughout]:
“My < 1 year old pressure washer won't start. It has a B&S 6.75 HP engine (2550 psi washer). I started off replacing the plug and air filter, checking the oil level, and ensuring it had fresh gas. Still nothing except arm pain from pulling the rope. I sprayed a little starting fluid directly in the carb and it caught for a second, then died.” TechSupportForum.com
“I have a 5 year old Troy Bilt (model 020207) 2400 psi Pressure Washer with a Briggs and Stratton engine. It was leaking gas from the air filter last season and I never got around to fixing it. I tried to work on it today and added some new gas, I also gently tapped around the carb area as I read this may help. There is no leak now but it won't start. I sprayed some engine starter in the carb and it starts for a few seconds then shuts off.” DoItYourself.com
“I have a 2500 Troy Bilt pressure washer. Suddenly, the pump seems not to kick in…Water flows through easily but there is no pressure.” JustAnswer.com
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