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Old 08-26-2019, 06:46 AM   #1
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Challenger dash switches

Owners before me have made a few "modifications" and I have no owners manual.......what are the switches supposed to control?

Related to that......when starting the generator is it supposed to be just push the button and it fires up.....or are you supposed to do anything else?

My generator is hard to get to start up......its almost like its either flooding itself or the choke is not working proper. It takes several attempts before eventually starting.
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Old 08-27-2019, 04:55 AM   #2
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Regarding the generator: Just hold the button in and the generator will eventually start and continue running. It may be that it keeps running only while you hold the starter button. If that's the case then you have problems with the generator's "vitals" sensors. It's not like an old car where you worry about wrecking the starter motor. The generator starts, senses oil pressure and "all is right with the world," and a few seconds later it kicks out power. And continues to run when you take your finger off the switch after a few seconds.

Same with shut down. Just hold the button in until the generator turns off.

If the generator doesn't start and stay running then there are problems you will have to resolve. Sensors on the generator "tell" it to shut down or stay running. I think the sensors are like oil pressure or oil level. Stuff like that.

I needed professional help and took the rig to Cummins for Onan service. They diagnosed the voltage regulator. Replaced it and now the generator runs fine every month.
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So there is no pre-start procedure......such as "pushing the shut down side of the switch to prime the generator"?

Someone told me that is how you start it.
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You may need to hold the Stop side of the start switch for 10 to 20 seconds to prime the carburator.

You could have someone hold it in the stop position while you go out by the generator and listen for the fuel pump to tick, tock, tick.
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No such procedure on my generator. It's an Onan 4kw gasoline. To start I just hold the switch until it starts and keeps running. Holding the switch overrides the safety "stuff" like oil pressure and oil level sensors.

Shut down is just hold the switch until the generator stops. Simple.

You should really consider running the generator, monthly, under a load. My generator was relatively low hours and totally neglected for six years. Cost $600 to get it running right again.

YMMV
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You may need to hold the Stop side of the start switch for 10 to 20 seconds to prime the carburator.

You could have someone hold it in the stop position while you go out by the generator and listen for the fuel pump to tick, tock, tick.
Someone told me to just push the stop side first, but not hold it. Will try that this evening when off work.

With the drivers window open I can hear the pump easily enough from the seat.
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No such procedure on my generator. It's an Onan 4kw gasoline. To start I just hold the switch until it starts and keeps running. Holding the switch overrides the safety "stuff" like oil pressure and oil level sensors.

Shut down is just hold the switch until the generator stops. Simple.

You should really consider running the generator, monthly, under a load. My generator was relatively low hours and totally neglected for six years. Cost $600 to get it running right again.

YMMV
Mine is a Kohler Confidant 4. It looks neglected but works outstanding........once it starts!

I've only owned this a few weeks and so far all I've done is change the spark plug. I've exercised it 2 times so far, both so I could run the roof air while on highway runs. About a couple of hours both times.
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