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Pm0418000does not charge. the muffler has a hole toward the generator and it probably overheated the field poles.the black box unit in the back of the generator has a burst what it looks like a turn signal flasher. the unit runs great and it recharges the battery, but no output. please help. thank you.

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That "Turn Signal Flasher", sounds to me, suspiciously like a Capacitor, especially if it has "Blown" I think your "Black Box" has taken a hit & is stopping the output. I would think replacement is your only option.. well unless you can replace the parts and fix it?

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IF the stator winding checks out good as does the capacitor and doide pack the most probable suspect will be the varistor of the armature / rotor. (
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