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Old 11-06-2008, 12:25 PM   #15
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generator problems onan 2.8kv mricrolite

Hello everyone, i am having a hard time figuring out why my genset will not turn over. I was following the owners manual in that i was to flip the on off switch to off in order to prime the fuel system, well as my luck would have it i realize now i should have just put gas in to manually prime the carb. the main issue now is that i held the switch down to start too long or i did not let enough time pass between starts. I took off the starter and tested it directly to the battery +, it turned over fine, checked all fuses, inspected all wires in the genset nothing burned or fried, no smell either. Any and all suggestions are most welcomed

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Old 11-06-2008, 01:05 PM   #16
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The problem will be hard to diagnose long distance. Check to see if there is power(big red batt cable) to the solenoid. There is also 12volt trigger(small red wire) voltage the comes from the ignition switch and triggers the Starter Solenoid or it could be bad grounds. There also maybe a hiden fuse like there is on yard tractors.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:24 PM   #17
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Had a problem with mine this Spring and it turned out that the points had slipped out of adjustment. They are truely a bitch to work on.
Also, the oil sump has a cut off switch if your oil level gets too low. So check the oil.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:36 PM   #18
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:06 PM   #19
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All farmers I know have starting fluid on hand. It is a must have for starting tractors that have set up over the winter. I use it on my tractor. However; I have been warned that you can over do it an lock up the the engine. If it doesn't start after a few squirts then stop using it.

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Old 11-11-2008, 01:52 PM   #20
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The control which doesn't allow the genset to start when fuel is low.... does that cut gas or spark to the engine?
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:38 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by swinginping View Post
The control which doesn't allow the genset to start when fuel is low.... does that cut gas or spark to the engine?
It's not quite as sophisticated as a control - there is a separate gas line to the 80 gallon tank for the exclusive use of the generator - this line terminates (starts) about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way above the bottom of the tank. If the generator is running for an extended time and tries to draw fuel below this level, it simply "runs out of gas" leaving the residual in the tank for the primary mover to get the MoHo to a gas station.


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