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Old 11-23-2012, 06:44 AM   #1
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Yamaha Generator Recoil Starter Problem

Didn't know much about generators, but bought a new Yamaha EF1000iS with good advice from this forum. Used it only 10 hours or so this past season and it performed beautifully. Wanted to do a good winter storage procedure, so followed the manual -- drained gas & put a little oil down sparkplug hole. When I tried to distribute oil by gently pulling the recoil starter it was stuck. Checked oil & it is fine. Anyone have an idea what's going on? Have I done something stupid? Am I already facing a service/warranty issue? Thanks for any advice!

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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Did you put the spark plug back in after the oil ???
Leave it out when you pull the start rope. Fluid ( oil ) doesn't compress and will cause the piston to freeze. Simply remove the plug. Pull the rope a few times to distribute the oil and screw the plug in only a few threads to keep debris out. When ready, remove the plug, before pulling the rope again ( spray some carb cleaner to break down the oil residue). Pull the rope a few more times. Install the plug and start as normal.

Sounds like a lot of steps. Only takes seconds to do. Oh, and you need very little oil. Easy to overdo it. But none of the steps are fatal to the generator so no need to loose any sleep over this. You may want to keep a new plug around and use it for spring startup.

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #3

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Thumbs up Fogging Spray..

Fogging it....

I use this...any marina or auto parts store should carry the spray.
Easier and more thorough than oil.

Thu the spark plug hole on the Honda 2000 and Merc outboard and into the carb on the 53 Ford.

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