I HAVE SOME BEYOND INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!!! I'M STILL JITTERY JUST TRYING TO TYPE THIS!!!!!
SO, ITS BEEN A BIT SINCE I FIRST POSTED MY PROBLEM, BUT IT WAS FINALLY 80 OUTSIDE INSTEAD OF 108 SO I DECIDED IT WAS THE DAY TO TACKLE THIS STUPID GENERATOR PROBLEM! WHAT A DAY IT TURNED OUT TO BE! STARTED AT THE AUTOMATIC SWITCH, GOT MY VOLT METER AND BEGAN TESTING WIRES HOOKED TO SHORE POWER SO I KNEW WHAT WENT WHERE (what is a wiring diagram again? oh yeah, something this coach DIDN'T come with! so i made my own on yellow sticky notes stuck to wires lol) ANYWAY, EVERYTHING SEEMED TO BE FINE IN THE BOX, SO I UNHOOKED SHORE AND CRANKED UP GENNY, RAN SMOOTH, BUT NO POWER. NOW JUST LAST FALL THIS THING WORKED GREAT DURING HARVEST IN NEBRASKA AND NOW NOTHING.... HMMMMMMMM SO I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO "PULL" THE GENNY OUT TO GET A BETTER LOOK AND GET THE COVERS OFF TO GET THE GUTS LOOKED AT. AFTER TESTING AND TESTING AND USING THE FATHER IN LAWS GREAT ELECTRICAL KNOWLEDGE TO TEST THE 10 MILLION WIRES IN THERE WE FINALLY CAME TO A STOPING POINT AND AGREED THAT THE GENERATOR ITSELF WAS SHOT. THE BRUSHES OR SOMETHING WAS BAD INTERNAL.... ok, enough caps... well, when you say INTERNAL where is the first place you look? INSIDE! looking down "into" the generator around all the coiled wire we noticed that the magnets along the side were pretty darn rusty..... well, according to the inlaw, back in the Marines they had a problem with a diesel gen., they used wire brushes and sticks to get inside it and scrub it all down, so on a wing and a prayer with no other hope, we attached a piece of fine sand paper to a stick and started sanding the rust off the magnets. went around a few times, blew it out with an air hose, sprayed the crap out of them with WD40 (eats the rust) and sanded again, blew the air on it, and finally hooked everything back up. this was our last hope without buying a new generator so we slid it part way back in to stabalize it, connected the battery and fired it up. Ran smooth once again............ now to get the volt meter........ tested lines before the breaker..............112.4 FREAKIN VOLTS............ HOLY CRAP! THERE WAS SO MUCH RUST BUILT UP THE MAGNETS INSIDE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING!! WE HAVE POWER, WE HAVE IGNITION, AND I HAD ME A BEER!!!!!
COST - ABOUT $0.05 WORTH OF SAND PAPER AND ABOUT 4 HOURS OF THOUGHT
OH YEAH, and $1.75 Coors Light in a can...........and yes, the Mountains were BLUE!
I HAVE POWER
I HAVE POWER
I HAVE POWER!!!!!!