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How to Winterize a Pressure Washer
Kevin Gillis of TTI,one of the world's largest manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, demonstrates how to winterize a pressure washer.
Kevin Gillis: Hi! I am Kevin with TTI and today we are talking about winterizing portable gas power tools. Right now we are going to look at winterizing this Pressure Washer here. The first thing we have to do is to decide whether we want to run the unit out of gas totally or if we want to add stabilizer to it. Okay, I recommend adding stabilizer because it is little easier than waiting around for the pressure washer to empty out of gas. So basically, with this all you have to do is, it takes one ounce and two and a half gallons of this actually we are going to use so I am just going to, here we go. I am just going to unscrew this here and we are going to make sure bring it up to an ounce like that. Let me just unscrew my gas cap and I am going to pour right in there. And there you go. Now what we are going to do is we are going to want to operate the unit for 10-15 minutes to let the stabilizer go through the system into carburetor.
Now once we are done with that, what we are going to want to do? We are going to want to get all the water out of the unit. Basically, we really want to disconnect the hoses making sure that there is no water in there. So that way through the winter month it doesn't freeze up. So what I am going to do? I am going to come over here and pull this off here and we have pulled off our gun. And normally if you have a garden hose hooked up to this unit, what you would do? You would just unscrew it and let all that water come out. We don't want any water left in here because when it gets cold there is a chance of freezing over and that is not good for the unit.
So once we have done that we are going to move back over here and we are just going to give it a few pulls. What that will do is that we will get all of the water out of the unit. So that way there is no water left in the unit for the winter months. Alright?
Next thing we are going to do is we are actually going to check the oil. What we are going to do? We are going to unscrew the dip stick back here. Now other, you are going to read your owner's manual because other manufactures will have you tighten it, then loosen it, to check it real quick. With this one, you want to unscrew, pull it out, wipe it off and put it back in; to check it, pop it back up and we definitely have a oil in here so we don't need any of it. If you did, you want to some oil in there for the winter months till your next season. Next thing we are going to do is we are going to take a look at the air filter. Now depending on your unit, again you want to read your owner's manual. So with this one I am just going to pop this off here, or you are going to pull it out. It is a foam filter, okay. We this foam filter you are able to bring it inside if it was dirty and just give it a a wash under some warm water and soap and make sure that it dry thoroughly. If this were a paper filter, you want to take a look at it and maybe bang it out but if you have problems with with it, if it looks like it was too dirty and it had too much crap on it, you take it and throw it away. So as this filter looks good we are just going to put it back in there, we are going to lock that down.
Now we are going to add pump saver. Now this is a very important part of the winterizing process for pressure washer. You want to make sure you put that pump saver in there so that way no dust or debris gets in there, also so there is no freeze up. So what I am going to do? I am going to grab my Pump Saver and I am just going to make my way over here. Now all you have to do is it has a little threading on this end and you just hook it up to your inlet for your hose. Now I am going to tighten it down. And you just give it a push. Okay, once it starts to come out that is that you know it is working. It will actually leak out, you can just grab a rag and clean it up it. It will actually leak out so and we will pull this off and there we go, end that up. And now what we are going to do? We are going to check the tire pressure.
Now depending on the unit that you have, you may not have to do this, you may have plastic and rubber, you may have semi-pneumatic which is what these are and then fully pneumatic. Now with semi-pneumatic, you definitely want to check the tires as well as with fully pneumatic. But it is just hard plastic and rubber, you don't have to check the tires at all, obviously. So what I am going to do? I am actually just going to press down on these, right here and this looks pretty good. Move over to the other side and I will check on this one here, and it seems like it has a peer pressure. Obviously, if it didn't, we would be able to take this to a gas station, get it filled up. But that is winterizing a pressure washer. So now you have winterized all these outdoor gas power tools and you are ready to put them away so they are ready for you on the spring.