Return to the Electrical Wiring Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Generator/Motor question

Posted by grandmum (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 9, 12 at 22:00

Hi-
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?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Generator/Motor question

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.


 o
RE: Generator/Motor question

Don't forget to put oil in it first.


 o
RE: Generator/Motor question

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.


 o
RE: Generator/Motor question

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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Electrical Wiring Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here