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Old 06-25-2009, 11:23 AM   #1
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Like many others, I don't run my generator a lot but am religious about excercising it at least once per month. This spring, I couldn't get it to start even though I had run it the month before and it turned over fine when I hit start switch. Decided to check usual suspects - gas and spark. Was getting gas to the genny, had almost full fuel tank so decided to check spark. When I reached under to pull plug wire, the wire came out in my hands - approx. 6" of plug wire with the connector. Looking it over, it became quite obvious that an animal (squirrel or mouse) had chewed thru the plug wire and further investigation revealed a huge nest on top of the genny. $650 later I had a new plug wire installed along with other wiring that was messed up - an expensive event. The good news - Insurance covered it !! Kadus to GMAC for including rodent damage under comprehensive. Moral of story - if all else fails, check for animal damage. I now keep small tray of mothballs in my generator compartment and have seen no further instances of nest building.
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Sorry to hear of your experience with those furry little critters, but happy to hear all fixed and working and thank goodness it was covered by your insurance.

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I have 02 Bounder with a 5.5 Gen, had some what the same problem it would start and then run for a little while and quit, act like it was running out of gas I would prime it and it would start again and do the same thing, then it got where it would not start at all, got to checking and found it had two small holes in the gas line from the fuel pump to the main tank, they had run the gas line over the frame of the coach and it had cut two small holes in the line, I cut that section out and replaced it for 16 dollars. Just in case some one else is having that problem check that out.
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