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Old 10-02-2010, 05:31 AM   #1
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water in my genny

I was caught in the Portage ( BlackHawk Park ) Wi. Flood, you may of seen my RV and house in the news , as it made national news too, to include me. we didn't get the RV out because if I would of I be driving in 5 ft of water, knowing this I took a chance and left it on by my house, I got water in my genny, knowing that I need to drain the water and change the filter, is there anything else I should be aware of ???
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
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Aside from oil & filter might want to pull the Control Center cover(s) and make sure all is dry in there. You can use an electrical contact cleaner which will dissipate water and clean all the contactor points. If the water got high enough to get near/cover your transfer switch you can use the contact cleaner on those points as well.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:01 AM   #3
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FORMOST......... PULL BOTH SPARK PLUGS AND TURN THE GENNY OVER TO BE SURE THERE IS NO WATER IN THE CYLENDERS. PORE '''MARVLE MYSTORY OIL INTO THE SPARK PLUG HOLES AND TURN THE ENGINE OVER. ITS MESSY BUT THIS WILL ''TOP LUBE'' THE ENGINE IN CASE YOU GOT WATER INSIDE THE MOTOR.....

One. Check to see that there are no catfish in the fins of the generator....lol...
Two. Remove the fuel line going to the genny and check for water in the line.
Three Remove and replace the fuel filter if there is one ...
Four Drain and change the oil in the genny
Five Change the oil filter on the genny
Six. There should be a drain plug in the bottom of your carberator or a way to remove the bowl from the carberator. Remove the plug and watch for water or remove the bowl and dump out any water..... Watch out for dead catfish. lol...
That is about as far as you can go on a do it yourself job. Hopefully the actual ''generator'' , the thingie that makes the electricial will dry out by its self. There may be a drain plug on it somewhere....
BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR BATTERY STARTER CABLE LOSE ON THE GENNY BEFORE YOU TRY TO SERVICE IT.
If this helps you must pay me ten cents the next time you see me .....
of course if it dont work for you ... I NEVER KNEW YOU .......
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:44 PM   #4
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I did every thing today B-4 reading the posting , how ever the ginny is , well lose wires, corroded wires, The engine did have water in it, as I drain the plug, alot of water came out followed by the oil, removed the spark plug and use an air hose to push the water out ofthe muffler system. The ginny didn't go click click as I try to turn it over with fresh oil and filter , so I went future into it and found to many things wrong with the wires, connections, etc not knowing this was all damaged, prior the flood, but I keep my chin up as there is no reason to get extremly upset, as I feel it just makes matters worst regardless what the problem may be.
Just like to say thanks for the help and the info, hope i will never have to use it.
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If the genny was under water, I'd pull it and take it to a generator shop to have the windings dried out and checked with a megger. This is a way to check the insulation in the generator before you ever try starting it.

Wet windings will destroy the genny.

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:12 AM   #6
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Thanks, but everthing is corroded, this tells me that the owners B-4 me they haven't done a good job of maintance on it, as we removed to cover to the elecrical box, we found corrsion, broken wires, termanals broken too, I will admit some it may be my fault as I did remove the cover. I don't know the total amout of damages done, and at this time I will have fine out either to replace it or repaire it. right now need to winterise the RV, and now do the clean up, as we did get two feet of water in the garage, lucky not in the house.
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