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Old 15-10-2019, 09:25 PM   #1
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Karcher K5 lance woes...

Hi all

So finally we got a dry day to clean and wax the car and yet again I am having problems with the K5.

I'd been using the dirt blaster lance last time so I wanted to switch lances to the variable one used for washing the car. It is the bayonet fitting and for the life of me, I could not get the lance on.

Has anyone else experienced problems changing heads over on Karchers? I could push it down but it wouldn't allow me to twist it into its lock position. I have tried one of the short trigger ones but didn't get on with it as I use a patio cleaner often so that's not an option.

I may even change pressure washers as I spend more time trying to fit things into this one than actually cleaning the car. I've been looking at the Kranzle K10 and the Nilfisk. I just wonder of the Nilfisk is well made as the youtube videos of the lances look plastic, like the Karcher.

Any thoughts on a new machine would be helpful too.

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Old 15-10-2019, 09:33 PM   #2
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I've had similar experiences, I put down to me being weedy, my eldest just takes it off me and walla it's done!! could you add a bit of grease on the connections
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I used silicone spray today and my sons had a go at turning it too and no joy. I dread changing lances, it is always the same. Shouldn't grumble, it was given to me by my father who upgraded to a Nilfisk.

Think I need to bite the bullet. :-(
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Its the combo of spring + O ring that does this imo of having used a K4 for quite a few years.

They can be quite impossible to get on or off sometimes, if they have been laying up for a while.

My suggestion, fwiw, is to try running some quite warm / hot (not boiling) water from a kettle over the recessed area that accepts the connector, then try again.

i wouldn't use oil of any sort.

Good luck.
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Old 16-10-2019, 03:33 PM   #5
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At a risk of dragging this thread down into the gutter, smear a bit of vaseline around the male end of the lance fitting. I had the same issue with my K7, and it has sorted it completely. Need to reapply occasionally, but it's been grand since.

Hope you get sorted.

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My K5 keeps leaving part of the wand (the yellow connector bit) stuck in the lance after I take the end of to fit my foam-lance, I have to dig it out with pliers. Never had this sort of problems in years of having Karcher washers!
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Same thing with my new K4. Contact Karcher, explain in detail, send image of serial nmber from machine, proof of purchase and in a week a new trigger gun appears at your door. Excellent Customer service.
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