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Generator won't start. 10 HP B&S motor coleman 5000W generator (Powermate 6250 w/Briggs & Stratton GenPower 305 10OHV) Low Oil Kill Switch seems to be the problem (oil is full). In the back of the on/off switch there are 3 wires (white, black, red) If I remove the black wire - which I think is part of the low oil kill switch path - I can run engine just fine - but I can't turn it off unless I ground it out. This is an older model; Coleman sold out and Powermate is apparently gone to bankruptcy (so, not sure I want to bother with replacing parts - think this is a faulty design anyway). I guess I could just continue "as is" and manually grounding it out to stop it each time (not a great plan, gasoline safety wise). Can anyone offer a way to rewire the existing switch (see wiring above). I've tried different combinations of wiring, but haven't come up with a way to make it work and shut down via switch. I know the "low oil" kill switch is a good idea, but I think I can just keep an eye on the oil level (don't run it very often). Thanks, Will

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  • WK Sep 02, 2010

    I think I've got my solution; not the best, but I'm okay with it.
    Disconnecting the white wire coming out of the sensor switch module allows me to use the on/off switch to operate generator.
    Each spring I will drain fuel and replace oil (and inspect/clean/gap plug, clean air filter as well as other basic maintenance) .
    During heavy use (which there probably won't be) I can check oil level more often.
    I'm the only one that uses generator.



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First and foremost, you need to check the Motor's voltage requirements, and match it to the voltage of the GFI you have connected to the House current.

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there should not be pinched wires...

if you mean "how do I bypass the low oil SENSOR" then the answer is to just disconnect it and tape up the end or snip it off in a location where it won't ground out...the way these engines kill the spark is by grounding the cdi coil fix that pinched wire and youre probably good to go...dont disconnect the low oil sensor unless its causing trouble....having low oil protection is good and might save you from blowing an engine

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Use a 10w 30 or a 30w ND oil. Any brand will do and it should only take a quart. Check after about a 1/2 to 2/3 of a quart. If it doesn't have a dipstick just bring it up halfway in the filler tube.

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