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Generator stalls after 1 minute

Sadly, I was lazy and did not start the generator for 6 months. It is 8 years old but has only a few running hours on it, basically from running it monthly for a few minutes. I drained the stale fuel, refilled then it started it easliy. I was relieved and thought everything was OK. After about a minute, it stalled, just suddenly shutdown and backfired loudly. It started very easily after a brief delay but repeated the shutdown again with backfire. I removed and cleaned the carb, and jets, with carb. cleaner but it did not appear to be at all dirty. I am reluctant to remove the float for cleaning as the pin it is quite tight. The problem persists. One thing I am not familiar with is the carb. electric solenoid. What is it for? I noticed its supply wires look slightly brownish may running warm. Can I temporarily disconnect the carb solenoid wires and run the generator to see if this is a problem or does the solenoid need to have power to enable fuel flow? I plan to check the oil sensor after reading another posting. Thanks.

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Check the oil. It's possible the old fuel may have found its way into the combustion chamber, dropping past the rings, and into the crankcase, diluting the oil there, and increasing the crankcase pressure causing a phenomenon called "hydro-locking." Start there my friends!

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Such a shame no one is educated in this, I also am searching for a solution for exactly this problem.

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I'm KindDa surprised that I have had no response in a week. I had high hopes for FixYa so I tried it. Only correspondance so far is from FixYa asking for money. Oh well, such is life.

My son is wondering if the problem could be caused by a slightly plugged up carburetor, running too lean, so when the choke opens beyond a certain point the mixture is too far off and it stalls. He was also thinking that an incorrect float level might produce symptoms like I have described.

Note: I have noticed a generic "canned" response addressing similar stalling problems. I am curious if these people all paid for a response and then received the same generic response which was already available for free by searching FixYa.

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  • Joseph Hoffmann Nov 22, 2013

    Hi Your son is right.. After some time gas will start to gel up. as do all liquid fuels. You will have to clean out the carb and the jets in side.Then put fresh gas in.Good luck.

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