Question about Coleman Powermate Premium Plus 6250W Portable Generator
TS Fay just made our lights blink off and on. So, I'll go try to buy some oil for the Coleman Powermate 5000 I just got my hands on this afternoon. I have no instruction manual. It is about 3+ years old and may have never been started yet. I'm wondering if a 30 weight oil is correct for this Briggs & Stratton 10 HP motor and what the oil resevoir capacity may be. Also, any suggestions on firing it up for the first time?
First of all - Almost every 4-stroke Genset engine out there should use a minimum 10-30 or else a 10-40 oil blend tops. Best NEVER to use just a straight weight, as in a 30 or 40 weight, as that would be way too "high viscous" at colder temps and could destroy the engine due to overheating at MAX Genset LOADS!
Next - If the Genset is indeed brand new then you need to use the proper fuel in it, as certain mfr's require different fuel blends (such as with certain B&S - Briggs & Stratton - engines), and those engines are set up that way to run on that blend alone. Using the wrong gas blend could damage the engine.
You really need to get a factory Users Manual for your Genset there and read it through thoroughly!
If it has gas in it now (and hasn't run in 3 years?) chances are the whole gas tank, and fuel lines, and Carb as well will need to be cleaned out from contaminated fuel - as there definitely is gum and varnish built up everywhere in those fuel delivery areas esp the most important component - the Carb! Been there - seen that - cleaned that! So I KNOW for FACT.
As for the OIL LEVEL - that is fairly simple - as all you do is unscrew (or in some cases pull out) the dipstick, and check the oil for proper level on the stick as well as cleanness (2 finger test like with car oil), and if it's even black or a silvery color then it definitely needs to be changed out NOW! Refill with fresh oil and your done there.
Check the Air Cleaner for cleanness as well, and service the filter if a foam element, or replace it if a paper element.
If the fuel tank has an in-line fuel line filter and it looks dirty change it out as well. Esp if the gas tank is made out of metal.
Check the spark plug for proper gap, and heat range, and burn color if the Genset has been run already. Should be a nice "light tan" color. If dark and wet - then you have Carb flooding problems.
That about covers it...
Anything else problem wise feel free to ask me here in post follow-up and I'll be glad to answer it for you.
Please post me a reply as to the found problem there, and the resolve to it by following my recommendations above. Also please rate my troubleshooting fix as well.
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Posted on Sep 04, 2008
The copper coil section on the genset generator of my coleman powermate max 5000 generator is super hot to the touch after running it for only 2 minutes. Is this normal? I am afraid if I run it longer that it will burn something up!
Posted on Jun 26, 2010
Engine is loaping. I have changed the gas stc. Still loaping. As engine loaps, the lights dim and small ac window unit will not run property.
Posted on Sep 21, 2008
Yes, SAE5W30 is just the right oil for this machine,it will take about a quart to fill it up to the bottom of the threads in the oil fill hole.
The engine of this generator is essentially just like a lawn mower with a fixed throttle setting. You should expect all of the same issues as any small engine that's been sitting for a while. Check the fuel tank for water/debris, check the carb for fouling, check the spark plug, etc.
If the generator has been sitting for 3+ years without running you may need to flash it to get any voltage out of it. If you get the engine running and it won't make any electricity ask me directly and I'll talk you thru the procedure.
I looked on www.powermate.com for an owners manual but they only seem to have the parts list, rats.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
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