How to Install a Pressure Washer O-Ring Kit

 

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Over time, the O-rings that seal the fittings on a pressure washer pump wear down, allowing leaks at the fittings. This step-by-step pressure washer repair guide explains how to replace the O-rings in a leaking pressure washer pump, using a manufacturer-approved replacement O-ring kit.

Use these steps to install the O-ring kit in Craftsman, Generac, Briggs & Stratton, Snapper, Husqvarna and Troybilt pressure washers.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 45 min.

Parts Required

  • O-ring kit

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Metric wrench set
  • Silicone lubricant
  • Thread-locking adhesive
  • Torque wrench (optional)
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Disconnect the spark plug

Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug.

Step 2: Sort the O-rings

Sort the O-rings in the kit by size.

 Tip: You may not need all of the O-rings included in the kit.

Step 3: Remove the high-pressure outlet fitting

Using the proper size wrench, turn the high-pressure outlet fitting counter-clockwise to remove it from the pump.

Step 4: Install the O-ring on the outlet fitting

Pull the old O-ring off of the high-pressure outlet fitting. 

Clean any residue from the old O-ring off of the threads of the high-pressure outlet fitting.

Insert the new O-ring on the high-pressure outlet fitting.

Lubricate the new O-ring with a small amount of silicone lubricant.

Step 5: Reinstall the high-pressure outlet fitting

Apply a small amount of thread-locking adhesive to the threads of the high-pressure outlet fitting.

Reinstall the high-pressure outlet fitting onto the pump and thread it into place. 

Tighten the high-pressure outlet fitting securely using a wrench.

Step 6: Remove the unloader valve

Using the proper size wrench, turn the unloader valve counter-clockwise to remove it from the pump.

Step 7: Install the new O-ring on the unloader valve

Pull the old O-rings off of the unloader valve. 

Clean any residue from the old O-rings off of the unloader valve.

Insert the new O-rings on the unloader valve.

Lubricate the new O-rings with a small amount of silicone lubricant.

Step 8: Reinstall the unloader valve

Thread the unloader valve into the pump and tighten it with the wrench.

 Tip: If you have a torque wrench, tighten the unloader valve 10-12 ft.-lbs.

Step 9: Remove the chemical injection valve

If there’s detergent in the detergent reservoir, clamp the chemical injection hose near the chemical injection valve.

Pull the chemical injection hose off of the 

Using the proper size wrench, turn the chemical injection valve counter-clockwise to remove it from the pump.

Step 10: Install the new O-ring on the chemical injection valve

Pull the old O-ring off of the chemical injection valve. 

Clean any residue from the old O-ring off of the chemical injection valve.

Insert the new O-ring on the chemical injection valve.

Lubricate the new O-ring with a small amount of silicone lubricant.

Step 11: Reinstall the chemical injection valve

Thread the new chemical injection valve onto the pump and tighten. Reconnect the chemical injection hose. 

Release the clamp from the chemical injection hose, if used.

 Tip: If you have a torque wrench, tighten the chemical injection kit 10-12 ft.-lbs.

Step 12: Remove the check valve caps

Use the proper size wrench to remove the check valve caps from the side of the pump. Turn the check valve caps counter-clockwise to remove.

Step 13: Install the O-rings on the check valve caps

Pull the old O-rings off of the check valve caps. 

Clean any residue from the old O-rings off of the check valve caps.

Insert the new O-rings on the check valve caps.

Lubricate the new O-rings with a small amount of silicone lubricant.

Step 14: Reinstall the check valve caps

Place a small amount of thread locking adhesive on the check valve cap threads.  

Reinstall the check valve caps and tighten them securely. 

 Tip: If you have a torque wrench, tighten the valve caps 18-20 ft.-lbs.

Step 15: Reconnect the spark plug wire

Reconnect the spark plug wire to the engine and test the operation and check for any leaks.

Step 16: Test the pressure washer

Start the pressure washer and check for leaks.