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2 Tips to Quickly Start A Generator That Won’t Start

by JEREMY HIPA 09 Aug 2022 0 Comments

During the hurricane season, people who live in coastal areas often suffer for 5 or 6 days without electricity. Having generators makes the days and nights much more comfortable. But generators may not start after many months of storage. Considering this urgent problem, we made this step-by-step instruction to help you restart your generator, especially for Chinese-made generators.

First Tip

Step 1: You need to take off the air filter.
Step 2: Make sure the choke is not on. Because the butterfly component will be in the way for the next step if it is closed.

2 Tips to Quickly Start A Generator That Won’t Start
Step 3: Carefully use carburetor cleaner penetrating oil to spray into the carburetor through the component.
2 Tips to Quickly Start A Generator That Won’t Start
Step 4: Put the choke on. And you can see the butterfly component is going to shut the carburetor ventilation.
Step 5: Make sure the fuel valve is in the on position.
Step 6: Turn on the generator and then turn off the choke. You’d better repeat the process above mentioned again to let the carburetor get fully cleaned by the oil.
When you see it running well and not surging anymore or does not die out after a few seconds, that indicates the generator can run and is go to go.

Step 7: Now you can put the air filter back on.

The cleaner oil is useful to 2-stroke engines, while there is another way commonly for 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines.

You can make a bottle of fresh premix at 30:1 and use this to prime the cylinder through the spark plug hole and rotate the engine several times to remove the excess premix. so you will have a lubricated and primed motor engine ready to fire up.

Second Tip

If you still fail to start it up, you can try this second method when the engine is cold.
Step 1: Turn the fuel valve to the off position.
Step 2: It is necessary to put a container underneath and then remove the carburetor drain bolt. The fuel in the fuel line and the carburetor will come out.
Step 3: Once it is drained, you can just simply put the bolt back on and tighten it up.
The reason why you need to do these is that there is a lot of ethanol in the fuel nowadays and it can actually separate creating moisture or water droplets in the bottom of the carburetor, preventing your generator from running properly. So by doing this if there was any moisture it will have come out.
If your generator still continues to not run properly, you may need to seek help from professionals.

Please let us know if this works and if you have any suggestions or comments. Or you can join us to feature your passion for repair projects, share your stories with the Hipa family, and get help from Hipa.

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