The GC160 on my pressure washer won't start. The guy I bought this with claims that it was running when he put it away over a year ago. His wife said that it hasn't been used in over a year.
I drained the old fuel out of the tank and float bowl and refilled it with new gas. When I went to start it I discovered that the throttle was stuck closed with varnish. (What a surprise..). I cleaned the carb, pulled it through and still no start. It does backfire through the carb on every 10th pull or so.
I pulled the plug and stuck my thumb over the plug hole and discovered that my thumb is drawn in more on the intake stroke than the exhaust. Very little if any compression.
My thinking is that somehow the cam timing is off. I don't know if the thing ran before he put it away or the reason he put it away was it didn't run!
Lesson learned here is to not trust someone with your Stuff
At any rate, can I split the case without totally disassembling the engine? Is there a way to check the cam timing by just popping the valve cover off?
Thanks for any help you can give me.