Karcher Pressure Washer Control Head Parts Set

Stock Number: ES538412

Manufactured by Karcher

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Karcher Pressure Washers


Pressure Washer Control Head Parts Set

So, your Karcher control head suffered some damage from the winter cold and water is spraying and leaking everywhere. This genuine replacement head will have your pressure washer back to new once more. 


  • Top pistons
  • Triangular rubber seal

You will need a torx head screwdriver to fit this part.

Please note: This part is chassis and serial number dependent. Please contact our call centre with these details so we can advise of the correct part for you. Your chassis number will look like: 1.504-604.0, and your serial number will be 6 digits long. 

For top tips on how to fit please read some of the customer reviews and comments that have been submitted.

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 (126 customers)
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  • Fitted perfectly

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    By - Lanark

    I have an old karcher k550mb the control head was leaking and used your site to source a new one. It stopped the leak successfully unfortunately I now have another problem the machine is now pulsing looking into this,your service was fast and efficient as was delivery.
  • Just what I wanted.

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    By - Louth, Lincolnshire

    As my Karcher pressure washer had been pulsing for some time I decided to fix it myself instead of buying a new one. I first tried a replacement cylinder head but that was not the fault so went a bit further and replaced the pressure head and that was the answer. Have now got the washer working correctly, all problems solved. I was very pleased to find that these replacement parts were available and at a very reasonable cost.
  • Very Good Value

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    By - Roscommon, Ireland

    I don't normally write reviews but made an exception this time. I purchased both this part (Control Head) and Cylinder Head for my K4.99 as it was pulsating. The parts arrived on time and exactly what I had ordered. After reviewing a YouTube clip on how to replace, I did just that without much hassle. The parts fitted perfectly and my Karcher is working like new. Thank you eSpares.

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  • Q Replacing control head parts set, how do we remove the old one from the alloy housing 2 Answers

    Model is K5.55m

    By weston denise - powys - 16 February 2012

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      I found an easyish way to seperate the control head from the alloy housing. As noted in the previous answer, first remove the silver nut and rotary connector then push out the red tube. I then used a 13mm followed by a 12mm socket as a drift in the hole with the threads where the rotary connector was attached and it was out in under a minute with very little damage. As the control head and housing are a flush fit and an awkward shape you just can't put the assembly on something flat and hit it so to to get some clearance I put the hex bolts back in the holes from the bottom and used a couple of bits of spare wood to stand it on before i hit it.

      By Alan T - Doncaster - 02 August 2013

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      its very difficult. You need to remove the silver nut ( tightly fixed ) , and then push out the internal washer/tube ( red in colour). We ended up pushing it out by having to damage the internal part of the control head ( which was being replaced anyway ). Its tight but will eventually come out. Try not to damage the detergent holder and the hose fitting below unless you have ordered new ones of these. We had to resort to a hammer and other tools to literally bang/force the part out. Good luck!

      By js - reading - 29 March 2012

  • Q replace control head for K4.99M 2 Answers

    I have removed main asembly from body of washer but how do I remove actual contro; head asembly, the Detergent pipe conector is at right angles to whet looks like the slot to allow it be removed. do I need to turn it, as it feels quite ridgid.

    By Trevor - Nottingham - 07 October 2011

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      Make sure the bolts that hold the casting cover are removed. You then need to wiggle the small detergent fitting assembly elbow 90° to allow the casting cover to pass. If its stubborn take extra care and do not force it because the plastic elbow is pritle and can break.

      By Dave - Manchester - 03 April 2012

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      just wiggle and pull all parts must be swapped so your old part resembles the new part received

      By Spenny - Rossendale - 07 October 2011

  • Q Karcher 411A pressure pulsing when spraying ? 2 Answers

    Karcher 411A pressure pulsing when spraying ? When im using the pressure washer it pulses when i depress the trigger. Its not pulsing when the trigger is not depressed. Ive removed the case and watched it run. There is a pressure switch that cuts the power to the motor when the trigger isnt pressed to stop the pump destroying its self. This mechanical pressure switch is pulsing in and out as is the pressure is getting too high for the machine. So, im looking for any advise on why this pressure switch should pulse when the trigger is pressed. If i hold the switch forward with a screwdriver it runs fine! Can anyone help please!

    By Tim - POntefract - 13 September 2010

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      There is a small non-return valve in the outlet connection, underneath the small triangle shaped block in the pump head, the valveis white nylon with a small O ring on the end and a light spring that holds it closed, if this valve passes it will allow the pressure switch to hunt off and on. A repair can be achieved by replacing this small valve head.

      By Anonymous - UK - 15 June 2013

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      Replace the pressure washer control head and the pressure washer cylinder head . normally fixes the prob.

      By G man - 14 March 2011

  • Q KARCHER 411A (IMPROVED MODEL) 1.994-857 Nr 608344411100. 2 Answers

    There is a leak on the black plastic cover that covers the 3 metal pistons. when you put the motor on the water appears from plastic cover mentioned by quite a lot but there dosent appear to be any cracks? can you please advise and what parts I will require to rectify the problem please.

    By AJWHITE - 09 August 2010

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      Hi, I had the same problem, it was a cracked seal, i was going to replace all 3 of the seals but for piece of mind i changed the whole cylinderhead. This came with a full set of seals, springs etc. So for a few pound more, you get to renew the whole cylinderhead plus the internal parts.

      By H1-5hine - S.Wales - 04 February 2012

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      Hi, check all tubing and cylinder head parts for cracks. If you can't find any, it may be one of the seals, check these too. Seeing as the leak is happening at this part on your washer but there's no cracks, it sounds like it could very well be a seal. Best of luck!

      By Rory eSpares Staff - 10 August 2010

  • Q Pulsing K5.50 2 Answers

    Hi, Am having problems with my K5.50 it's constantly pulsing, when not in use, and I have also noticed it's slightly down on power. I have been told it could be the control head, but after removing this, I can't see any evidence of it leaking.... Help what do you think? Thanks

    By Dazzy130 - Cleethorpes - 11 November 2009

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      I had a cracked control head body and cracked Vario lance nozzle in my K4.99M, and replacing these parts cured the pulsing and low pressure. I believe that these problems were caused by freezing damage.

      By rog3141 - Basingstoke - 19 June 2010

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      Unfortunately we cannot give out technical advice. Please go to Karcher or an engineer for help.

      By eSparesMalindi eSpares Staff - 09 June 2010