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I have a true life 4500 portable generator not enough voltage

I have a true life 4500 portable generator and its not putting out enough voltage to power anything where does the voltage come from dont have diagram and not sure if it has a regulator in line somewhere that could be bad

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Where could i find a mot capacitor for the 4500 series and what do they cost

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Make sure the square capacitor is not burned out or melted. Some of them had the capacitor under the rear end of the generator that has 2 screws holding it on. The other place where they put the capacitor is under the plastic cover on the main pannel. You have to take out 4 bolts and snap the plastic cover in the back of the pannel off. You would see if the cap is bad it would be melted and out of shape. You can use a electric mot capacitor 25 microfarid at 350 volts.I used to work on those generators quite a bit.

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