How to Remove a Pressure Washer Pump

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Things You'll Need

  • Penetrating oil

  • Socket set

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Anti-seize lubricant

  • Allen wrench set

  • Full thread screws (optional)


The steps above may require repeating to remove pumps that have had hard service and long use. If the pump cannot be removed, take the unit to an authorized service dealer. When removing the pump for repair or replacement, re-apply anti-seize lubricant in the joint between the pump and engine flange before re-installing. Reapply every six months to ensure consistent easy pump removal.


Never use excessive force when removing the pump. The flange or the engine could be damaged, and injury may occur.

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Pressure washers with direct drive water pumps are a popular tool with both the homeowner and the professional contractor. These units are economical, well-designed machines with few moving parts. Pump replacement or repair is possible with only a few tools and limited know-how, and can be a good way to save on repair bills. Removing the pump from your pressure washer usually involves removing only four bolts. Check your particular model's manual for the pump diagrams and location of the mounting bolts.


Step 1

Disconnect all the hoses from the pressure washer and place on a firm, level surface. On electric models, make sure the machine is unplugged, and disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug on gas-powered units.

Step 2

Spray penetrating oil along the top groove of the pump flange and along the joint where the flange connects to the engine.

Step 3

Remove the mounting bolts and washers holding the pump assembly to the engine using the correct size socket.


Step 4

Loosen the set screw on the drive shaft using an Allen wrench. To align the set screw with the access hole in the drive shaft cover, gently pull the starting cord an inch or two to rotate the shaft.

Step 5

Remove the pump from the crankshaft and the engine face. If the pump will not easily slide off the crankshaft, take a large flathead screwdriver and insert between the slots on either side of the mounting flange and pry the pump loose, alternating sides. Do not use excessive force.

Step 6

Insert two full threaded screws into the special holes in the pump flange near the mounting bolts if the pump still has not come free. These holes will allow the screws to be threaded only in the flange and to push against the engine face, exerting force towards the pump. Thread the screws in until they make contact with the gas engine adapter plate or the electric motor.

Step 7

Thread the screws in an alternating pattern until the pump separates from the engine drive shaft. Do not apply excessive force--only use reasonable pressure and torque.


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Robert Fergeson

Based in the bayou country of Louisiana, Robert Fergeson has been writing about psychology since 2000. His articles have appeared in the "TAT Forum", and in the book "Beyond Mind, Beyond Death". He is an avid photographer and owns a cleaning business. Fergeson attended Louisiana State University.