Small Engine

Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Gas generator will not start

Customer Question
gas generator will not start
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Small Engine
Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
1/22/2016
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago
JohnF2015
JohnF2015, Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 1,206
Experience: Owner/Service Technician at S & J Small Engines
Verified

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

What engine does this machine have on it? Did you clean the main jet of the carburetor thoroughly?

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Can you provide the model and serial number from the frame of the machine so that I can better assist you?

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
itis a portable generator. we are having major snow with threat of power outages. I removed and cleaned the carborator and put it back on. Doing same thing as before. will strt with strter fluid but turns right off. like it is not getting gas
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

If it has the Briggs engine, did you clean the three holes in the bowl nut that holds the carburetor bowl on? If not then you need to thoroughly clean those holes as they are your main jets for the carburetor.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
taking carborator off again
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

All you need to do is remove the carburetor bowl, the nut that holds the bowl on is what we want to look at. You should be able to do this without taking the entire carburetor off.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
off, there are 2 screew that hold bowl on
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
now what
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Inside the center stem that sticks down into the bowl you should find the main jet, make certain that it is thoroughly cleaned.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
when i originall removed it was clogged. now i can see light through it
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

What about the fuel nozzle that is just above it, the nozzle has several holes in it that need to be cleaned.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
they appear clean. i have shot carb cleanener all through it
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

There has to still be something there that is stopped up. Based on your information, if you can spray starting fluid in it and it starts up and dies quickly this tells me that you aren't getting fuel through the main jets of the carburetor in order to keep the machine running. Does the carburetor have a fuel solenoid on the bottom of the bowl?

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
no
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Can you provide the model and serial number from the frame of the machine? I would like to be able to pull a parts diagram so that I can better assist you.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
model 01646 serial(###) ###-####
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
you still there?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
jeff are you still there?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
i meant John, sorry
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Yes, sorry I had to step away for a moment.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

In looking at the information that I can find on your model machine, I don't have a physical breakdown of the carburetor. I have to believe however that since you can spray starting fluid in it and it will start and run until it burns that out that you have a jet or passage that is stopped up. You actually have a Generac engine on this machine so it is a little different from what I was originally thinking but the function is still the same. What happens if you keep it choked? Will it run then?

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No it still cut off. I put it back together and it started and ran longer than it had been and then it started leaking gas like crazy from the carborator. The gasket between the bowl and the carb seems to have stretched and is not sealing. Also a little piston shaped item that came out seemed to have been dry rotten.The pointed rubber tip was torn and came off. I have given up. Ill have to see about getting parts next week after the storm is over. Hope we don't loose electricity. I'm going to see if I can find a parts manual on line. Any ideas where I can get one? Thanks for your help.
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

The piston shaped item that came out is probably the float valve. If it is not in the carburetor then the carburetor is going to over fuel and dump gas right through it which is the reason that fuel is leaking out now. You will most likely need to rebuild the carburetor. It is possible that the float valve was sticking and not allowing fuel to enter the bowl of the carburetor which would explain the reason that the machine would not run before. I wish you well, hope you don't loose electric during this storm. Have a great weekend!!!

Thank you it has been a pleasure to assist you.

Please take a moment to rate your experience.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask JohnF2015 Your Own Question
JohnF2015
JohnF2015
JohnF2015, Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 1,206
1,206 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Owner/Service Technician at S & J Small Engines

JohnF2015 is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Curtis B.

Curtis B.

Technician

14,707 satisfied customers

have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert

Rick

Rick

Factory Authorized Trainer

4,218 satisfied customers

Outdoor Power Equipment technical trainer since 1990, covering eight states.

Jon K.

Jon K.

Small Engine Diagnostic Expert

2,995 satisfied customers

Gold certified Stihl tech, Service Manager for a rental/repair shop.Certified in most small engines

James W

James W

Small Engine Troubleshooting Expert

2,986 satisfied customers

7 years as Mechanic & Parts Manager for Brother who has Owned Lawn & Garden Repair shop for 35 years

Vince O.

Vince O.

Small Engine Technician

2,869 satisfied customers

Over 30 years experience repairing lawn and garden equipment. Chainsaws, mowers,blowers and trimmers

Wayne

Wayne

Engine Rebuilder

1,877 satisfied customers

many years on egine rebuilding, lawn mower,roto tiller,Truck,and small engines

RUSS

RUSS

SERVICE TECHNICIAN

1,723 satisfied customers

28 YEAR SERVICE TECHNICIAN

< Previous | Next >

Related Small Engine Questions
When u turn on fuel it runs out carb. floods engene. Not to
when u turn on fuel it runs out carb. floods engene … read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
My lift master gate opener.(LA5000) sometimes opens and
My lift master gate opener.(LA5000) sometimes opens and closes randomly. Any thoughts on what could be wrong? … read more
Eddie
Eddie
Home Improvement Contractor and Repairs
High School or GED
1,240 satisfied customers
Cub Cadet 1054 starter not getting voltage. 27 HP Kohler
It is second hand but I believe it is 7 or 10 years old … read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
I'm looking to buy a deutz allis riding mower.it flooded
I'm looking to buy a deutz allis riding mower.it flooded when tried to start.when it finally started smeiied rich and ran sort of ragged. 12.5 ic briggs. carb??????? … read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
Curtis, we Talked about my new Flooding the cylinder because
Curtis, we Talked about my new Carburetor Flooding the cylinder because the float needle is sticking. It does have a shut-off but I never gave it a thought when I shut off the engine for a few minutes… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
I have an rtz42s the left blade is cutting lower than the
i have an rtz42s the left blade is cutting lower than the right. is there a way to adjust the cutting height … read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
Have a troy bilt Colt zero turn rider Xp with a kohler
have a troy bilt Colt zero turn rider Xp with a kohler courage 20, twin cam OHV, cast iron liners, full pressure lubrication, exceeds as J1940 HP Standards, 597 cc motor. it will start and run, but do… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
Cub cadet riding mower blows a fuse when blade is engaged.
Cub cadet riding mower blows a fuse when blade is engaged. The electric wires appear to be sound, no kinks or frays. Any suggestions? … read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,426 satisfied customers
I have a question about the idler pully spring on my
I have a question about the idler pully spring on my troy-bilt zero turn mower … read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,426 satisfied customers
I have a toro timecutter z5035 model # 74376 and it want
I have a toro timecutter z5035 model # 74376 and it want drive. Is there a different belt that controls the drive? … read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,426 satisfied customers
I have a 4.5 briggs engine on an edger. The motor would
My name is ***** ***** I have a 4.5 briggs engine on an edger. The motor would start but when you turned the edger cutter on the engine would stop. I changed the spark plug and put a new Briggs carbur… read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
I have a 25hp kohler that has no spark. It started out as
it started out as just one cylinder with a fouled plug, i shut it down and now i have no spark on either … read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
My toro model 20383 starts with starter fuel sprayed into
my toro model 20383 starts with starter fuel sprayed into carb but will not run with fuel from gas tank … read more
JON
JON
Master Service Tech
MASTER SERVICE TECHNICIAN
1,797 satisfied customers
I can't figure out where this spring goes on my mower deck.
I can't figure out where this spring goes on my mower deck. … read more
MowerDocMD
MowerDocMD
151 satisfied customers
I have a xt3 enduro and this morning it ran for about 15
I have a xt3 enduro and this morning it ran for about 15 minutes and then died. Restarted using choke and then it would run for a minute or so and just die again. I can't keep it running. When it is r… read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,426 satisfied customers
Any idea where the thermostat is on a deere 6x4 gator gas
any idea where the thermostat is on a john deere 6x4 gator gas engine? … read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
14,707 satisfied customers
My craftsman tractor turns over but has no spark. I replaced
my craftsman tractor turns over but has no spark. I replaced the magneto but still no spark. any suggestions?… read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,426 satisfied customers
I have Deere Zero Turn Lawnmower Z225. Tried to start. Would
I have John Deere Zero Turn Lawnmower Z225. Tried to start. Would not start. Checked oil dip stick and found gas. What can cause this problem.… read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,426 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x