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JohnF2015, Small Engine Technician
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Experience:  Owner/Service Technician at S & J Small Engines
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My name is ***** ***** I brought a Briggs & Stratton 30466 3

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Customer: Hi My name is ***** ***** I brought a Briggs & Stratton 30466 3 years ago and had it for emergency if power went out. Never started and never put oil in it until I need it. I was away for work and my wife decided she wanted use generator for activities at a party with no power around. So she started generator without putting oil in it. Now seems like crank is locked. I s there any low oil shutoff that stop it or am I screwed. thank you for your help.
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Customer: I try to pull start the generator but no luck
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you.

Unfortunately for you this machine apparently did not have a oil sensor on it otherwise it would have never started. If she started and run it with no oil in it then it has most likely done some serious internal damage to the crank, connecting rod, cylinder walls and piston. You could consider taking the engine apart and looking and rebuilding but in most cases it would cost more to do than what you could purchase another generator for.

The oil sensor is designed to kill the spark in the event that there is no oil, in which case she would have never been able to get it started if the machine were equipped with an oil sensor. I am sorry to have to give you the bad news.

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Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 1 year ago.

If you have additional questions feel free to ask, I am here to assist you.

Thank you.