Question about Briggs & Stratton Power Products 5,550 Watt Portable Generator #30241
Gas is leaking from the generator when we put gas in the tank and don't run it. is this because the fuel shut off valve wasn't turned to "Off"? Will it leak gas when this happens?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: stops and starts
Most home standby generators are setup to run once a week so as to keep the engine lubed up and the generator windings dry. So if yours is comming on once a week at about the same time and running for something like 15 minutes, that's what is going on.
On the other hand, if your generator is starting and the switch is transferring somewhat randomly, you could have a problem with the neutral connection in your system, the power could really be going out and coming back on, and/or the control board in your generator could be broken.
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
You've hit the nail on the head.The float,needle and seat are stuck wide open.Once the carburetor bowl is full of fuel the float rises up on top which pushes the needle back into the seat shutting of the flow of fuel.As the engine consumes that fuel the float drops and opens the needle and seat filling the bowl and shutting off the fuel again.Things that cause this process to not work are:forgetting to empty or run out the fuel before storing it for the winter.Sediment buildup in the bowl.Mineral deposits in the needle and seat.
Not emptying out the carb can leave water in the bowl which freezes,crushing the float.It also promotes sediment buildup and mineral deposits.The float when crushed or cracked will not float,nor shut off fuel.Sediment takes away capacity of fuel in the bowl,very necessary for wide open throttle.Mineral deposits build up to the point that the needle and seat can't make a good seal so fuel will continue into the carburetor.
Enough information yet?
To repair,take the nut off the bottom of the carburetor bowl.There are the float and needle and seat assemblies.All three need to be replaced,$10 max.After you get the parts replace one piece at a time so you can see how they go together.Next replace the spark plug, engine oil and air cleaner.They are fuel fouled and even if you could get the engine started will only add more damage to your engine.BEFORE you put the new plug in cycle the engine by pulling the starting cord a few times to get rid of the excess fuel.When there's now more fuel in the cylinder replace the plug,filter and oil.
That's it!Take your time and you can do it just fine.Re-post if you have any more troubles.
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
For a quick test.
Check engine oil.
Remove wire from low oil sensor and see if it starts every time.
If that works change oil and replace low oil sensor.
Hope this tip helps to solve your problem.
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
As long as you have continuity through the stator and rotor windings, and no continuity from the windings to the core, you should be good.
If the brush block was replaced due to it being defective, take a look at the diode and capacitor regulator as well. Using a multimeter, the diode should indicate continuity in one direction, infinite resistance in the other. If you get this, then replace the capacitor. If not, then replace the diode, and likely the capacitor as well.
Posted on Jun 12, 2010
Remove the brass bolt holding the carburetor bowl on and clean it real well. It has some very small holes in it that carry gas up to the carb and may be partially or completely clogged, causing your problem. All holes must be clear.
Posted on Jun 13, 2010
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