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Old 09-06-2003, 09:25 AM   #1
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Where is the Onan R1 Resistor?

OK..I have a new Onan R1 resistor for my 6.5 but cannot find it. Before I take everything apart I wondered if anyone knew where this was located? Thanks
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Old 09-07-2003, 10:29 PM   #2
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Hello Steve,
Forgive me, But I don't understand your question?
did you purchase a resistor because you had a bad one ??
it's unclear (to me anyway) how we can help you.
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Old 09-07-2003, 11:23 PM   #3
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You mean your not in my head with me?

George,
Sorry, you're right. I guess I feel like the entire forum is right beside me when I'm working on the AS and already knows what I'm talking about

Here's the background:

When we got the MH (86 345) the genset cranked but would not start.
I replaced the points, plugs, removed the manifold/carb cleaned the jets, changed the oil and adjusted the choke. Presto...it ran...for a while. After about an hour it would blow the ignition fuse. I put in a slow blow and it would last a little longer.

Finally its now to the point where it will start and run when holding the START switch down but will stop as soon as I release the switch.

The troubleshooting section in the Onan manual points to one of three things for this behavior; low oil, faulty oil-pressure switch or a faulty R1 resistor.

I have plenty of oil (just changed) and purchased both a replacement oil pressure switch and new R1 resistor. On the advice of the Cummins/Onan expert at my friendly neighborhood RV dealer: "It's almost always the resistor". So, I'm simply trying to find it so I can perform the checks in the manual and possibly replace it with the new one.

I cant see it near the relay or the in main box so Im guessing where it is located.
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Old 09-08-2003, 05:31 AM   #4
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Steve,
I can't help you on that, as My little Onan is pre electronic/oil pressure switch,etc.But if it were me, I'd be looking in the circuit/control box on the Generator as that would be where I think it should be. as it controls the gen. workings.

Yep lots of us have helped others, in turn we learn. I was amazed at this internet thing, kinda reinstilled my faith in mankind/people.
A person one never met nor ever will 'round the world will offer advice/help,just to be "neighborly"
sometimes, I think more so, as if one would be slightly incorrect or offering an openion, they would not have to feel imbarassed as they would in person.
sorry, enough rambling for an ol' Boy
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Steve,

In my onan manual it shows the R1 resistor in the wire wad under the cover by the crank and run relays. The picture has it as a small can with a wire coming off each end. This wiring drawing includes references to the oil pressure sense wire, so I would think it should get you close.
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resistor afterthought

Steve,
on a lot of old Ign. systems (pre electronic) they had a dropping resistor to lower the voltage to the braker points from 12V. to about 6V. (to give better point life)
BUT when the engine was starting, they jumpered the res. to allow the full 12V. to give a hotter spark as well as kinda make up for the voltage loss caused by the starter drain. they will be in the ign. primary circuit.
they were usually a porcilin (sp.) res. about 3/4x3/4 x 3" or so.
they liked to put them in the air flow to keep em' cool ( used to be on the firewall in autos.
Luck, Geo.
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Brett, its definately not in the box so I'll look under it next. Thanks for the PM on this!

George, I appreciate your comments about the internet/forum. I make my living in technology so I'm used to it, but I've said before on the forum and expecially to friends and family that I can't imagine owning a classic AS without this forum. The sage advice (both direct and indirect) from all over the world makes resolving issues like this, for DIY guys like me, possible without taking it to the dealership.
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Old 09-08-2003, 10:26 AM   #8
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Is it a power resistor or a little 1/2 watt?

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just talked to my onan tech. he says check for ac while you hold the start switch on. if you are genereating ac . at the coach ac plug then it is possibly the oil pressure switch.or you dont have oil pressure. if it is not generating ac it could be the diode pack rotor stator or brushes,it has to generate ac to stay running. if you need to check the stator rotor or brushes take it to onan
as it could be a control board and they cost money.lol]
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Some more details

Here is a pic of the resistor in question (its about 2"" x 1/2" and has a hole in the middle. Al..I didn't have a chance to check AC output while running today. I'll try that tomorrow.

If I can read a schematic it looks like the resistor is under the control box (thanks Brett). It's listed as a 352-0161 - Resistor - 100 Ohm, 5 Watt with Start-Disconnect.

Looks like I'll be getting more familiar with my Onan soon. Thanks to all for the suggestions. I'll keep you posted.
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Follow up

I finally received the right resistor from Onan and installed it. The one coming out was clearly blown (big burn on the side). Put the new one in and I still have the same issue....generator starts and runs but then shuts off when I release the start switch. Onan manual says its either: low oil level (not), the R1 Resistor (replaced), or a faulty oil pressure switch (maybe). Also a mechanic told me the relay can go bad and kill the resistor.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Because there was evidence of failure in the ignition cicuit (burned resistor and previously blowing slow blow fuses every three hours) I suspect the ignition side more than the oil pressure side.

Im frustrated after waiting three weeks for this part that Im still without a working generator. Two big trips in the coming two weeks so I was hoping to have this working by nowK.

On the upsideKmy two front Bilsteins arrived today
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How did you do that character?

Besides the 3 probable causes, you should check the 'Run ignition Relay, which is marked K3 in my manual. Voltage should be 12V on both sides.
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Peter...the character must have copied from Word XP...I did a smiley in word and thats what came out when I pasted it in the editor.

I'll check the relay also. This is no fun!
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Good advice

Thanks for linking this post sounds like my problem. I will check it out today.
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