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Emergency Start Your Generator Without A Starter Safely

by JEREMY HIPA 14 Aug 2022 0 Comments

As the hurricane season comes to a peak. People who live in the coastal areas have frequent demand for generators to ensure power supply which is essential to their living. But in emergency situations, some may be troubled by the vulnerable part--the starter coil. So how to emergency start your generator may be of great importance now. Read the blog and you will bring your living back into modern life.

Detailed tips

Step 1: You should put off the starter and check if there is a little notch cutting out of the side of the cup on the starter cup. If you do not see a notch in there, unfortunately, there may be nothing you can do to emergency start your engine, but see the note below for a possible though potentially dangerous alternative.
Step 2: If you do have the cup and notch you need to make an emergency rope for yourself if you did break the spring.
If you have a full piece of rope in the starter, you can reuse the rope and the starter handle.
If you broke that rope and you could not find a long enough piece of rope, your shoelaces are good alternatives in emergency situations.
In any case, you need to choose the longest rope that you have available.
Step 3: Tie that rope on your handle and make sure the rope will not slip off.
Step 4: Tie a knot on the other end of the rope and put the knot through the notch. Ensure it locks in there.
Step 5: Wind the rope around the cup clockwise.
Step 6: At last, make sure your switch and choke are on when you pull this rope.

Note

The starter also provides protection from somebody putting his figures in. Because the flywheel is spinning around 3400 RPM(rotate per minute) when the machine is running. You’d better be cautious about the risk and use this tip only in emergency situations.
In addition, thanks to the nut in the center of the flywheel, there are some who use a cordless drill to emergency start their engine. It is really dangerous because the flywheel may produce kickback and it will also rip the drill right out of your hand.

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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