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    Default My foam lance arrived today :) But it doesn't fit :(

    Well my foam lance arrived today from Elite Car Care and it looks really good ... much more substantial than I expected and has quite a weight to it too. Having been looking forward to trying it out all day I decided to give it a blast this evening but disaster ... no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get the thing to turn to lock onto the gun I called Elite Car Care (and to my surprise they answered at around 7:30) and the chap I spoke to was really helpful ... the outcome (after trying grease and brute force) is he's going to send me a different type of connector to try which should hopefully arrive on Thursday so fingers crossed!

    Has anyone else had any trouble with these new 'trouble free ' plastic Karcher connectors?

    I took some pictures to see if anyone can spot anything obvious I've missed?

    Fed up now and to top it off some Tw@zzack has pinched my metal dust caps ... don't know what they get out of this petty theft ... not even like they can use them on another car as there were only three metal ones (when I had my wheel replaced late last year they fitted a standard valve to the new wheel)

    The new lance:



    The Connector on the new lance:



    My Karcher Vario Lance:



    The connector on my Vario lance:









    My Pressure Washer Gun:



    The connector on the gun:



    My Pressure washer:

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    I have exactly the same problem. I've taken the 2 screws out of the karcher gun to enable it to open wide enough. Even then its too big and I fear 1 day it will crack the plastic. Still very tight.

    My brother has a stone wheel which I'll use to grind the brass connector down to make it a better fit !

    No amount of grease would fix the problem.

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    I was going to say it's an on going problem, but that was with the brass fittings which there is now a plastic adapter for. Hopefully the new part ECC are sending out will solve the problem

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    Mine has the brass connector on the bottle head. No problems at all with mine.
    I read on DW that with use these plastic one's are just very tight at first but with a bit of use they will become a better fit.

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    It will fit Dave, it's just a tight fit. I had the same 'issue' with my Autobrite brass foam lance.

    Put some grease on the lance (EDIT: just spotted that you did) and you need to push the lance into the Karcher handle very firmly to get it to the point where you can then twist it to lock into place. Once you've done that a few times it does then get easier subsequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    It will fit Dave, it's just a tight fit. I had the same 'issue' with my Autobrite brass foam lance.

    Put some grease on the lance (EDIT: just spotted that you did) and you need to push the lance into the Karcher handle very firmly to get it to the point where you can then twist it to lock into place. Once you've done that a few times it does then get easier subsequently.
    I promise you it won't ... I used so much force that the two parts of the handle started to splay apart and it would NOT turn I was on the phone to the guy from ECC for 20 mins and tried grease and all sorts ... my genuine karcher lances (have four of them) all fit on perfectly and easily.

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    Hmm, sounds like your foam lance is a bit different in it's size/shape of the attachment. My AutoBrite one was initially a tight fit, but some grease and firm pushing (ooer, sounds well dodgy! lol) soon had it in. (Oh dear, it goes from bad to worse! )

    Last thing you obviously want to do is break your Karcher handle. Can you see what it it that's fouling? Is it something on the foam lance bit that you can shave off to let it slide in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    My AutoBrite one was initially a tight fit, but some grease and firm pushing (ooer, sounds well dodgy! lol) soon had it in. (Oh dear, it goes from bad to worse! )
    Haha, looked a bit dodgy too! Have given up wondering what the neighbours think of us!!

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