I have a powermate 1850 generator that is leaking motor oil through the generator. is there an online repair manual for replacing the seal? the generators age is unknown, it has never been used until now.
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Use SAE Grade 5W30. Use syntheti or regular oil but do not mix the two. The unit holds about 22.5 ounces so you can drain what is in it and start fresh if you want to switch over to synthetic. Engine wise the synthetic will last longer. Joe
Lets see, Do you have any ether or old school lighter fluid? If you use ether spray a little into the air intake just before you pull the cord for a start, if it starts you have a carb problem. Same for the lighter fluid, remove the spark plug and squirt a small amount down in the cylinder, again if it starts you have a carb, probelm. Take the carb. off the engine take note of the rods and springs, take a picture get it in good focus so you can put it back together. Take the fuel bowl off the bottom of the carb and clean the jets and all see if that will help.
I had a similar situation with a friends generator. After sitting around unused for a few years it would not generate because the residual magnitism was weak. I plugged a light into it and by using the throttle arm I breifly ran up the RPM and the light came on. DO NOT MAINTAIN THE HIGH RPM FOR MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS.
Sometimes the generator loses the magnetic field that allows it to produce power. Do a Google search on "flashing a generator field". There are many ways to do it, but I would recommend doing some reading before trying it. Your "dead" generator could produce hazardous voltage once it comes back to life.
Also, before trying any of this, make sure the circuit breakers on the generator (if equipped) are not tripped.