Generator/Motor question

grandmumJanuary 9, 2012


Im asking here since you guys have always provided me with quality information. My son is considering buying us a portable generator. It is new from a friend who never used it. The catch is, its been in storage for about 6 years. Its never had gasoline or oil in it, its exactly as it came out of the box. Just the age.

Do you think this is an issue?

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Ron Natalie

Depends. The fact that there was never any fluids in it means that you won't have varnish (from the gas) or acids (in the oil) to deal with. You might have some corrosion for all this time, but chances are the thing was packaged up well enough at the factory to have a pretty long "shelf life".

If they fire it up and it runs for a few minutes without excessive smoke, it's probably fine.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 8:26AM
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Don't forget to put oil in it first.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 4:13PM
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The best thing to do might be to remove the spark plug and put a little bit of motor oil into the cylinder. Fill the motor with oil as directed by the maintenance instructions. Then turn the motor over slowly and let is sit for a day or more. Turn it over a few more times and then replace the spark plug. Fill it with fuel and try to start it up. You may have to remove the plug and clean it once.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 7:26PM
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I think the engine/generator will probably be fine. If, however, after starting it you do not get any AC voltage out of it, don't worry. Sometimes from sitting for so long the field coil has lost it's magnetism and needs to be "flashed."

A simple procedure sometimes outlined in the owners manual or easily done by a small engine/power equipment repair shop.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 8:19PM
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