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I have an older b&s generator, and yesterday our water pump, which runs off the generator died. Upon further inspection the generator is no longer producing electricity, it still runs but no charge? I hit the reset button, but nada, just wondering any ideas what it might be... thanks Off the Grid in Maine

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It possibly could be the Brushes in the generator just wore out and need to be replaced. 
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