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Hank F.
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Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  Certified on Onan and Generac generators
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I have been doing small engines as a hobby for 40 yrs. A

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I have been doing small engines as a hobby for 40 yrs. A friend asked me to get his Coleman power-mate gen running which I did but no elec output that part I don't know. I tried to excite it still no. I see a large capacitor how do I test it and can I check output at the plug off the gen itself?
JA: Can you guesstimate how old the engine is? And has it done anything like this in the past?
Customer: I have no idea how old the model # is PM0535202.03
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I do have a multi meter to do some testing just no knowledge
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Hank F. replied 5 months ago.

There is no reliable test you can do with a capacitor at home. The only real way to test them is to take them to an electrical shop and have them tested.

Yes, you can check the voltage directly at the receptacle on the genset.