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Generator will not generate electricity.

I purchased this gernerator following Hurricane Katrina. We lost electrical power while Hurricane Gustav was visiting us and the Generator worked for a day and a half before it stopped generating electricity. It seemed to be losing generating power over that time period. Where and how do I begin to trouble shoot the problem?

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I assume it is a hand start genset. The most common problem if it has been sat for a while is rust on the ignition timing flywheel. If you take the pullcord housing off (recoil) then you will see a big flywheel with what can only be described as a big forked prong with a couple of wires on it. This flywheel should be stainless steel and rusts when sat around for a while without use. Its job is to complete the circuit to the spark plug every time the flywheel passes the forked prong at a given spot on the flywheel, the faster the wheel turns the faster the spark hence the engine runs quicker. Clean the rust off with a releasing agent (wd 40) hey presto!!!!!!!!!!!

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