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I have a Generac portable generator 5000 watts, won't start!

I have a Generac portable generator 5000 watts with 10 horsepower Briggs and stratton engine and I cannot start the engine after an oil change; there does not seem to be any spark at the plug when I try to start it. I do not have the owners manual and need a troubleshooting flow chart.

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  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    There is probably a sensor which will not allow engine start when low on oil. How much oil did you put in it? Do you have owner's manual?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    What kind of oil does a ust 1200 watt portable generator use

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I am assuming the generator worked fine before the oil change. Now that you have done the oil change the genset does not start. These generators have a safety switch, which is basically an oil pressure switch that keeps the engine from running when there is not enough oil in the engine. Make sure that there is enough oil and if there is, look for a wire that runs along side of the engine to a round component. disconnect that wire and try starting. If it does not start then try to ground out the wire to the engine block. If this does not work, then there is other engine problems.

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