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Generater run with low oil,cant pull starter cord more than a couple of inchs,I think the motor is locked can it be repaired

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Probably, but you just can't know till the engine is torn down for inspection. Will have to replace the rod, possibly the crank. Look also for damage to piston & cylinder wall. You might be better off with replacement engine.

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