FIL bought a pressure washer oh about 10 years ago, before I started dating (and eventually married) his daughter.
My idiot BIL said the first time he ran it, he did so without water - said he ruined the pump. He's an idiot of the highest order, and has never respected anything that HE didn't purchase, so this was entirely plausible.
BUT, being that he's an idiot, and a lazy SOB, I always thought there was a chance that maybe the thing killed before the pump overheated, that it wasn't actually shot, and that he was just too lazy to look at it (even though he's a friggin' mechanic by trade!)
So fast forward a few years.. I'm running out of space in the garage, so I throw it behind the garage and throw a tarp over it. One of those "I'll get to it some day" projects.
Fast forward a few more years, to the present.. I look up cost of a new pump - almost as expensive as a whole new pressure washer.
So I make up my mind that this week, I'm gonna get it running, and if it truly is the pump, I'm gonna put it out at the curb.
Plug was missing, had to call Briggs to get the plug #. I get a new plug, empty out the 10 year old gas, clean out the gas tank, disassemble and clean out the carb.
Fired up just fine, but I couldn't get water out of the wand. I'm thinking "Uh-oh, this may not end well."
So I take the wand off - and water comes though the gun. Not a ton of pressure, but more than whats coming out of the spigot. So I'm thinking "if the pump is seized, I would probably have no pressure." I try blowing through the wand, I can't get anything. I run to Menards, buy a new wand... figuring, if this doesn't work, I'll return it, and all I'm out is $2 for the spark plug, and my time.
It works - beautifully.
I'm thinking that when my idiot BIL ran it without water, he probably jammed whatever oil and crap was leftover in the pump into the wand.
So for $32, I got a working power washer.
And I'm going to put a chain and lock on it, cause if I know my idiot BIL, as soon as he finds out it works, he'll decide he needs to 'borrow' it and take it to his house on the other side of town, and I'll never see it again.
Couldn't bring myself to throw it out all this time. Here's to being cheap and stubborn!