Hurricane/Honda generatorPuzzle -opinion
South Carolina Hurricane this weekend.
Son in law had 4 year old Honda generator he bought new- uses Stabil in the fuel – fuel 3 weeks old – mid sized generator (2 people can pick it up)-he ran in 4 hours sunday Am at his house- always starts on 2 nd or 3rd pull.
he called me – said do you want a 2 hour run to help your refrigerator? – he put it in his pickum up truck (in the rain) and brought it to my house. we set it in garage and no start on first pull or 45th pull. area around plug was dry. Top of gen. says “keep generator dry” (but I used to work for a company where they were used outside.
– removed sediment bowl – its full of clean looking fuel
– plug looked ok
– pulled plug wire off connected another wire to plug wire, , had spark
– put wire on plug, grounded plug got spark at plug gap
– tried choking
— tried not choking
engine would fire once about every 10 pulls, sometimes blowing fire out the exhaust or carb (varied)
Any idee? Anyone had a similar problem? we thought either some water got in the electrics on the truck ride – but the plug was getting spark – or the
sloshing of the fuel in the tank broke loose some trash – but seemed like it would have started, then sucked the trash into the carb.
we Took it to a repair shop today – mechanic said hey thats a nice generator -was surprised it did not run
he checked sediment trap near the carb bowl (was ok) – said least little bit of trash could clog it.
Do these generators not have a fuel filter (do they need one)?