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Yes you can install an electric starter on your generator if the following conditions are present. Starter/fan cover has cutout for starter, the flywheel has ring gear and block has taped holes to mount starter. Examine the engine where the starter would normally be installed (look at a generator like yours with the same motor that has the starter installed ) and check that the mounting holes are there and threaded to receive the bolts. If threaded holes to mount are there and access thru starter cover to flywheel is there, check that the flywheel has a ring gear where starter motor engages. If all present starter can be installed however you will not have the charging coil which is normally under the flywheel to charge battery; but you can still use the generator to charge the battery. To locate parts, use model number of the engine not the generator. Good Luck

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Putting new pull rope on my 4500 champion 4500 generator


The recoil starter can usually be unbolted from the engine for service. If you can retrieve the end of the broken rope, and you know how long the new rope should be, you can tape or stitch the new rope to the end of the old rope, then pull on the knotted end of the old rope to pull it out of the starter and draw the new one in. If this won't work (the old rope may be too rotted to hold together, or the pull force to wind the rope around in the starter is too much), you'll have to take the starter apart. This is nasty because you have to get the spring properly engaged with the frame and the starter plate when you put it back together, and there may be an element of personal hazard if there is tension on the spring. You may want to have the starter plate on the bottom when you lift off the cover, hopefully this will prevent everything from spilling out before you get a chance to see how it goes together. Wear safety glasses and leather gloves. Wearing a padded jacket or heavy-duty shop apron may also be a good idea.

Check whether the handle on the new rope requires the rope to be fed through its opening in the starter, and be sure it goes it is wound in the same direction as the original rope. Also, you want just enough tension on the spring to hold the rope handle up against the starter without flopping around, but not so much that the spring winds up too tight before you get to the stop with the rope pulled all the way out.

You may wish to take the starter unit to a small engine shop and pay them to wind on a new rope. :)

These are the considerations I've observed when looking over recoil starters - someone may have more detailed information on your model.

Finally, evaluate the storage conditions for the generator. A good rope should last a long time; perhaps excessive humidity, chemical fumes or exposure to UV radiation rotted out the rope. Did you put oil in the cylinder per the long-term storage instructions (Page 14 of the manual)? If not, that could result in excessive pull force. You may be able to free up the generator by removing the spark plug, putting a small amount of lightweight oil, turning over the generator using the starter spline shaft (be careful not to damage the shaft with tools, and observe which direction it's supposed to rotate when the recoil starter lets go), Change the oil if you have to use something lighter than recommended to get sticky parts loosened.

Here's a link for the manual (Page 14 is actually page 17 in the PDF viewer):
http://www.championpowerequipment.com/media/4663/100216_manual-english_12-10-16.pdf

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Hi Bob:
Sounds like the engine is seized.
Try removing enough bits so you can access the flywheel and see if you can turn it. Make sure ignition is OFF.
If the flywheel does not turn it will be time for a learning experience, a trip to the maintenance shop, or a replacement.

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I have a Briggs & Stratton 5500 watts generator that I hardly pull the rope for start, begins stuck then its loosen again and again gets too hard to pull, any suggestions please help


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The pull start cover rope & spring will need to be removed. it may be bolted on or riveted on if rivets drill them out when off you'll see the problem spring dislodged or broken rope broke repair & reassemble. watch as spring is tricky to wind up..

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The coil rope broke I would like to know how i can repair it. Generator 5500 watt champion.


If I understand correctly, you have a pull-start generator.

The rope to the pull-start broke.

This happened to us out on the job one day.

Our equipment might be different than yours. Our pull-start assembly is held with 4 bolts. Simply remover those bolts and lift off the cover ... carefully. The rope is attached to something I will call a pulley. The rope wraps around the pulley several times.

Do not lift out the pulley that the rope attaches to >> or the spring that re-winds the rope will come un-sprung (at least it did on our machine). If the spring comes unwound, then you got another job, and have to put the spring back also. Your machine might be different.

Keep pulley in place. Remove rope. Get another rope with same diameter and length and put it in.

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Want to remove the starter recoil from my powermate generator


I got one of these pieces of junk, and had same problem you described.

You will need to remove the end panel to get to the blower housing. You will have to thread the rope through the handle until you have enough slack to remove the rope from the handle. The end panel should now be free to remove entirely.

Find the 3 bolts that hold the blower housing on, and remove them. Once you get it off, make sure that the rope has a knot in it so it won't get retracted into the pulley recoil assembly. Take a screwdriver and push the rope back down into the pulley (that was my problem). Assembly is opposite of taking apart.

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The rope on my generator gets stuck as i pull to turn it on


Assuming the rope stays on the internal pulley, it is NORMAL for the rope to require great force at points in the cranking cycle (once per revolution of the crankshaft). These are the compression strokes and the force is MANY times the initial pulling force. If the rope returns easily, then the starter assembly is probably normal. It takes a strong arm and fast movement to start the enginess via pull rope. Some units have a compression release to ease this a bit.

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I need to rewind a rope on pull start powermate generator


This requires a bit of strength in the hands and the recoil will have a fair amount of tension behind it. Best have a small engine service center look at. Not expensive

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