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Portable generator low voltage

Generator only puts out 85 volts on both 115 and 220 outlets. Increasing engine rpm only increases voltage slightly. Pulled generator apart nothing seemed damaged or miscolored.

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  • troubleguy Mar 06, 2009

    have 89 +/_ volts on 120v circuit & 175 +/_ volts on 240v circuit -- no owners manual -- unit has set for extended peroid--how do you flash kohler 11500 watt generator?

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85 volts represents residual voltage. It is possible that your unit sat for an extended period and lost it's magnetism or the excitation system failed under load. check your manual for a procedure to "flash the field". If that is not successful, e-mail me and I'll tell you how to trouble shoot the failure.

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    Gordon Litton Sep 27, 2014

    I am having the same problem with low voltage. I don't have a manual so I can't find the procedure to 'flash the field'. Mine is putting out about 110 volts on the 120 side. My generator has set for a couple of years without being started. It does start and runs fine, just a little low voltage.

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