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Old 02-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #15
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We, too, have an Onan 5500 on a Ford chassis (Damon Challenger 2011) and at times, for whatever reason, the generator start switch on the dash will not start on the first activation by pushing the button after the light indicates "start ready". What I discovered is that if I "stab" the button with a little more effort on a second or third try, the generator will start. You might try starting using the switch on the generator and see if the gen. will start - mine starts every time using the switch on the gen. I am not certain why the dash switch doesn't always work on the first try, but since it always seems to work with additional effort, I simply give it another "stab". I guess that it could be that the switch terminals are not making good contact and by using a little more pressure on the switch, contact is made. Good luck and let us know what you find out.

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Hmmm .... again the OP clearly stated he tried the cab and the switch on the gen and neither one worked. He is on the right track by tracing the starter DC circuit.
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You have not said if your generator is a gas or diesel. With the diesel you have to hold the button in for awhile to warm up the glow plugs. Sometimes up to 20 seconds in cold weather before the engine will start.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:01 PM   #17
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My dash switch always fools me. Push down on the switch (this is a 7500 Onan diesel) and hold it down until the engine starts. Push up to stop the engine. Some times I push up and listen to same clicking sound.....but the engine never starts and the light on the switch is on? That's when I get that adrenaline rush of....."now what's wrong?" If I could just remember the ups and downs of this I would save myself the stress of it all. I wish they would have labeled the switch with a "start" and "stop" and saved us old timers from looking so foolish!!
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Well this a Hmmmm moment.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, it has been a lively conversation.

As I said, and this is the curious part, the light on either switch lit when I pushed the start button.
It would not start with the ignition switch on or with the engine running.

Now the forehead slapping moment....

The 12 VDC switch has to on for the generator to start.
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See if this manual helps. Sounds like the fuse/CB to the starter.

http://www.cumminsonan.com/www/html/...s/983-0101.pdf
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Well this a Hmmmm moment.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, it has been a lively conversation.

As I said, and this is the curious part, the light on either switch lit when I pushed the start button.
It would not start with the ignition switch on or with the engine running.

Now the forehead slapping moment....

The 12 VDC switch has to on for the generator to start.
Thanks for the update.
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