The solenoid makes a single click when I push and hold the start button. It doesn't continuously click really fast - just the one click sound. I'll check the voltage from the batteries again once I get home from work today.
I will need to get the model number off of the data tag when I get home from work. I will provide you with that info tomorrow. Thanks!
and yes don the starter is failed but would need tested to properly diagnose. i would drop the gen set and remove the top cover and remove the starter and make sure the engine moves freely, and if so the starter is bad. these starters are fairly cheap. i will get you a part number for your onan i hate to have you keep running back and forth so i will need a serial number to get you your part number. thanks don, (Edited by Moderator) I usually check my messages hourly up to 10 pm at night even sundays-- because i pride myself customer service and going above and beyond for them with multiple fields of knowledge--Greg
Thanks for all your help. Here's the info on the Onan generator:
Amps = 33.3
RPM = 3600
Battery = 12v
I tried starting the generator last night with the batteries fully charged, and I'm still getting the same result = the solenoid clicks when the start button is pushed and held, but the starter does not respond. If I try starting or hold button too much there appears to be a electical burning smell along with slight smoke coming from the back near the starter.
I appreciate your advice and apologize for having you have to reply so many times to me. I will await your next and final bit of advice, and then will "Accept Answer" afterwards.
thanks and we are dealing with that in the background
ok back to your deal-I do have strong feelings that your unit has a bad starter .but if you can tap on the starter sometimes the unit will get past the bad spot. or you can remove the top cover i hate to have you drop the unit(not fun)but need to get the cover off to access the starter i will get your part number when i get to the shop, so you can have the starter with you when you get the gen set down.
one thing you can also check is reach your hand in the left side of the gen set and grab the cooling fins and turn the engine- just to make sure the engine is not locked up (make sure the battery is disconnected so it does not accidentally engage)
thanks and again i am sorry for the confusion greg dinsmore
Thanks again for your help last week. When I got home Friday, I did what you suggested and turned the cooling fan blades. It felt like it was locked up at first and they didn't want to rotate, but I was able to force them loose by hand and then the generator started up fine. It ran well all weekend on our trip.
I'm not sure what would cause the engine to lock up like that, I'm sure you'd have a suggestion on what it might be, or maybe that is a normal occurance? If you'd like to advice on what might cause that problem feel free to, however I do not expect you to since you've already spent much time in helping me.
no problem thats what we do here is to make sure you are happy and come back that is not standard to happen all though the starter has a plastic gear drive and sometimes the drive gets stuck in between teeth of the flywheel
how long had it sat before you attempted to start it ?does the starter sound ok ? let me greg
I've started it recently. It had not sat idle for any length of time. The starter sounds good. Perhaps it was the position of the teeth to the flywheel??