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BryanHS
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« on: July 24, 2011, 03:02:23 PM »

I just purchased a Champion 3500/4000 Generator and took it into the mountains for its first run this weekend.  I started it at home and it ran good.  I ran it on Friday for about and hour or so and had no problems.  Then on Saturday morning it started fine, but after running for about 1/2 an hour is just quit.  I have not been able to get it started since.  Gas is 3/4 full and fresh gas.  Oil level is full.  If anybody has any ideas or has had similar problems please let me know.  Thank you.

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 03:28:35 PM »

Welcome to PUX

Sorry to here about your problem but there are to many things that can be causing you genset not to run. One thing I'd start with is get some starting fluid and squart some in the card and give it a pull or three. If it turns over and runs for a second or two then we'll know that the engine is fine and we can narrow it down to a safty or the carborator.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 03:40:12 PM »

I tried spraying some ether in but no go, which leads me to believe that it is not getting a spark for some reason.  Either the plug went bad which I doubt or some saftey thing is not letting it spark.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 03:46:05 PM »

Take the plug wire off and give it a pull. Look inside the boot and look for the spark. Be careful not to tough any metal or zap!
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 03:57:45 PM »

I pulled the boot and no spark.  I'm thinking it's a problem where the low oil sensor is not letting it spark, but not sure how to bypass it to test me theory.  I checked the oil level again and it is full.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011, 04:07:05 PM »

here's a link to the wire diagam for your genset

http://www.cpeauto.com/wd/3.5kW%20C46540%20RV%20120-240v%20MS%20DC.pdf
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2011, 05:09:46 PM »

I just purchased a Champion 3500/4000 Generator and took it into the mountains for its first run this weekend.  I started it at home and it ran good.
I think you mean it ran well. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2011, 06:55:36 PM »

I emailed Champion Support and they told me to just disconnect the wire leading to the low oil sensor then try and start it.  I did that and after about five pulls it fired right up and ran great.  They said that on engines with low hours, the sensor can stick.  Since mine only has about 2-3 hours on it, I think it fits the low hours category.  They said to let it run about 15min then reconnect.  I have not reconnected and tried yet, since I was so happy it ran Cheesy

Thanks for all the troubleshooting help, I really appreciate it.

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