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Generator shutting down after 1.5 of run time

I have a 4500 watt generator with a briggs and straton 8 hp vanguard ohv engine. After an hour and half teh generator shuts down on its own. I changed the fuel filter and oil and it didn't change anything.

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  • triking Sep 25, 2008

    I have an 19 HP 10000W Generac. It does the same thing ... it will start now and only run 10 sec. to 2 min. I have tried disconnecting the wire that goes from the oil switch to the circuit boards...but still no luck. What wire do you disable to keep it running?

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I had the same problem with a simular generator. I took it to a repair shop who told me it was the "low oil sensor". They fixed it and it lasted another 1.5 hours. I told my-self I would monitor the oil and cut the "low oil sensor" electronic line. It has laster 12 years as a backup generator running at least 200 hours per year. I still have it but have switched to a larger generator. If you, or whoever uses it, can watch the oil level, then cut this line, it will be fine. This sensor is for those who are not able to measure oil level !!!

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