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Old 07-14-2021, 03:18 PM   #1
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Generator wonít turn over

So my generator decided not to turn over on a recent trip. The generator makes the clicking sound as the fuel pump is activated but will not turn over. Fault code is 32. Started changing battery cables and cleaning terminal ends. And still nothing. Jumpstarted the generator off of my car and it fired right up. The batteries all show fully charged and are six volt blooded batteries. The batteries also fully charged on the volt meter as does the cable going into the generator shows 12 volt. Iím guessing that the batteries may be bad but they seem to be doing fine for everything else. All stay charged reasonably well when off grid. Any help would be appreciated. 2011 entegra aspire, DP. Batteries are 4 year old Continentals
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:22 PM   #2
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That generator may start from chassis batteries. Did you check the connections on them.
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Have you tried to use your aux start? You can hold in aux start and then push gen start and see if fires up.. twinboat.. has been around a long time and way more experience than me.. so check his lead. Good luck and let us know what you did..
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If it started with a jump from your car, and the batteries (House and chassis) are good, you have a bad connection.

Take all the cables off, clean and re-install. Don't forget the ground cables.
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Did you clean the ground connections . There should be a short cable from the generator to the frame that could be the problem.
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The ground on mine is actually really long so I replaced it and the power cable to the generator. The generator is powered by the house batteries, and I have removed and cleaned all of the battery cables. I am thinking a dead short in the batteries possibly? But I donít know anything at this point.
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The ground on mine is actually really long so I replaced it and the power cable to the generator. The generator is powered by the house batteries, and I have removed and cleaned all of the battery cables. I am thinking a dead short in the batteries possibly? But I donít know anything at this point.
Take your volt meter and watch the battery voltage as someone tries to start the generator. The voltage shouldn't drop much just turning it over.

If the voltage drops way down, bad batteries.

If voltage doesn't drop, bad connection or cable.
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That is exactly what I thought. There is no voltage change at all so it must be a connection, right? I will keep looking.
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Battery cables will corrode internally. Look at them for swollen or lumpy areas in the covering. The corrosion will also make them stiff in that area. That usually happens near an end or if the covering was damaged and had to be repaired.



When you jumped it did you do it at the batteries or generator? Have you tried to start it with the emergency start? If your cables and grounds are all good it's a little harder to find the problem, if you can eliminate certain cables it will be easier.
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When you jumped it did you do it at the batteries or generator?.

This is the key. Wherever you attached your jumpers, you bypassed the failed connection or component. Did you by chance jump directly to the starter motor on the generator? If so, you also bypassed a solenoid that might be the culprit.
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So my generator decided not to turn over on a recent trip. The generator makes the clicking sound as the fuel pump is activated but will not turn over. Fault code is 32. Started changing battery cables and cleaning terminal ends. And still nothing. Jumpstarted the generator off of my car and it fired right up. The batteries all show fully charged and are six volt blooded batteries. The batteries also fully charged on the volt meter as does the cable going into the generator shows 12 volt. Iím guessing that the batteries may be bad but they seem to be doing fine for everything else. All stay charged reasonably well when off grid. Any help would be appreciated. 2011 entegra aspire, DP. Batteries are 4 year old Continentals


If it shows only 12 bolts then they either arenít charged or are bad. Fully charged should be 12.6-12.7. My generator starts getting a bit crabby around 12.2 and almost certainly wonít start below 12.
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So I tried yesterday to jump start it so we could head for home and it would not turn over. I have replaced the main two cables at the generator. I have removed and wire brushed every connection I can find. The batteries actually are at 13.4 volts. The battery boost button has no effect. I am now suspecting a loose wire inside the generator possibly.
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Measure the voltage at the starter and try to crank it over. If you have battery voltage there , it is possible your starter is not working.
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a 'dead short' would cause an explosive discharge and possible fire, remember them sony laptops ?

'short' is NOT what you mean, an 'open' possibly, a short would mean huge current flow across the internal parts of battery TO GROUND - very bad.

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a fully charged '12v' battery should be close to 14volts, 12v would actually indicate an issue of some sort.

so if you can jump start from another battery then it is obviously a bad connection, either + or neg can cause issues, jumping it you provide both.

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The ground on mine is actually really long so I replaced it and the power cable to the generator. The generator is powered by the house batteries, and I have removed and cleaned all of the battery cables. I am thinking a dead short in the batteries possibly? But I don’t know anything at this point.
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