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Old 12-09-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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onan generator

my onan generator bge 5000 series is delivering 56v ac. I am a little low.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Yep, about 70vac too low.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:48 AM   #3
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That needs to be fixed, or things will get ugly fast if you use it. I would take it to a onan shop for a looksie.
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56 x 2 =112

Maybe missing one leg of power?
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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Most likely the voltage regulator has failed.
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Both legs should be 120+v. Regulator would were I started first.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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The first thing I'd do is take your volt meter to a known 120 volt source (IE: the hole in the wall in the house,, well the twin parallel slots)

That happened to me once.. Turned out to be the meter was off.. I had to re-calabrate.. Alas, lost that meter in a downsize, was good meter. Korean War vintage as I recall (Army Surplus). Very well built.
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Thanks for the help. I have the manual and will do a couple of checks to the regulator. Open winding is still a possibility. Looks like I will need to see the Onan man.
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FYI, the voltage reg on my onan failed last year. New regulator control car plus labor was 1$ RV bucks.
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