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Old 02-14-2020, 10:39 AM   #1
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Generator won’t start

We have a 2011 Itasca class A 5500 Onan generator. Hit power button, makes clicking sounds and all the lights go out. There are 3 batteries to it, 2 register at 14 volts and 1 registers 12 volts.
We just bought this and this is the first time we’ve tried to start it.
Any suggestions? Thanks everyone!
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Sounds like you have a bad connection.

Either a ground or positive cable connection might have some corrosion under it.

Check them all and clean and put a little grease on when you put them back together.

Hope that helps.

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It sounds like you might need new batteries. Are they all the same brand, size and Mfg Date?

Start the motorhome engine, let it run a couple minutes, then push the Boost Switch on the dash and try starting the generator.
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Are you where its cold/freezing? Is your Rig Diesel or Gas?

If diesel did you put anti-gel additive into the fuel, if not maybe the fuel has gelled and will not flow.

On my Gen I have to hold the start button down until Gen starts. Sometimes it seems like ever until it starts.

Like said check all connections, make sure they are clean and tight.
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May also be a fuel priming problem if not run for an extended time. You can hold the stop button down for 15 - 30 seconds and then try a restart.
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sounds like a starting voltage issue. a clinking sound was mentioned. i take this to say that the generator starter is not turning the generator over. this excludes fuel issues, at least for now.

the use the the boost switch was mentioned. i'd disconnect the 12 cables between the generator and the batteries so the generator is isolated. then use normal auto jumper cables attached to the generator 12 terminals and an external vehicle that is running. then give the generator a try. if the starter turns the generator over then the issue is in getting 12 volt starting voltage to the generator. if all is does is the same click then if it something inside the generator such as the starter or starter solenoid. others have reported on how to bypass the starter solenoid.
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You said "the lights go out", that to me means the bad battery is the problem, it quickly drains the other 2 to the point the lights go out.
Install new batteries, insure all connections are clean and tight, especially negative connections.
In cold weather I must hold the start switch depressed for about 2 minutes before the starter engages, this is the glow plugs(high current draw) heating that induces the delay, which in turn causes your lights to go out.
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You said "the lights go out", that to me means the bad battery is the problem, it quickly drains the other 2 to the point the lights go out.
Install new batteries, insure all connections are clean and tight, especially negative connections.
In cold weather I must hold the start switch depressed for about 2 minutes before the starter engages, this is the glow plugs(high current draw) heating that induces the delay, which in turn causes your lights to go out.
The OPs generator is gas
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Bad connection somewhere. I have to assume the main motor starts no problem, that would eliminate the chassis battery as bad.

14v on 2 batteries (coach batteries I gather)..assuming this is being checked with the RV plugged in and the charger on. Just says the charger is working, not necessary the batterys SOC.
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The OPs generator is gas
Thanks, that would've been handy to know first.
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