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Look on the engine block . There should be a wire on it to the engine ignition magneto.If the engine runs the low oil sensor is not the problem. If the oil is full and the engine has no spark try disconnecting the wire from the low oil switch if you get spark the low oil switch is bad.replace stitch and reattach wire and fill oil to proper level

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I have a centurion 3250 watt portable generator it was working fine 2 days ago but it will not start. Will not being on a level and flat surface cause it to not run ?

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

Your question:
"Will not being on a level and flat surface cause it to not run?

In short YES!

Generators have low oil level sensors that are quite fussy about their orientation. If there are any inclinds a generator is sitting on you can get FALSE low oil level shut downs.
You must make sure the generator is full of oil and I do mean FULL. Additionally do what you have to so that the generator sits level horizontally.

A quick way to find out if the low oil level sensor has been activated is to simply check spark.
If you have no spark:
Re-orient generator to a level position (15 to 30 second wait)
(Check spark again) If you now have spark your low oil level sensor had gounded the ignition because it sensed a low oil level either from an actual low oil level condition or the unit was on an incline causing a false low oil level senor activation and a subsequent engine shut down.

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