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Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  Mechanic at Rhode Island Harvesting Co
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I have a 15000W generac that wont start it has new battery,

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I have a 15000W generac that wont start it has new battery
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: yes, fresh fuel, open valve it cranks for 5 seconds then clicks clik click click
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: i do i am in FL and we have a hurricane approaching
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: is it the strater or solenoid?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Bill McCusker replied 9 months ago.
Hello welcome to just answers. My name is***** maybe a solenoid. However it does turn over for a few seconds right?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It does crank for a few seconds then clicks
Expert:  Bill McCusker replied 9 months ago.
Do you have a volt meter to do a few checks?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No I don't
Expert:  Bill McCusker replied 9 months ago.
We need to figure out if 12volts are getting to the starter.. From what u are telling me it sounds like it is loosing volts to the starter. 9out of 10 times from what you described it sounds like a battery.. However you said the battery is new so we need to know where we are loosing volts.. And doing a few test with a meter would help figure this out..
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I even tried to use jumper cables from car and still only clicking
Expert:  Bill McCusker replied 9 months ago.

is the solenoid apart of the starter?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I don't know
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Attached is picture
Expert:  Bill McCusker replied 9 months ago.

Ok this might be a bit in depth so please bare with me.

What you have is a starter solenoid. What that mean is the solenoid is apart of the starter. Normally the click you are hearing is the solenoid trying to connect.. If you look at the solenoid like a switch what you hear is the switch trying to connect.

So here is where knowing some info will be able to help me pinpoint it for you.. if you look at your pic the blue wire that is going to just to solenoid, that wire should have 12 volts and its job is to active the solenoid.. If the solenoid is bad it will just click but you will have 12 volts to that wire... however if the voltage is low to the solenoid it will also just click.. this is why i asked if you had a volt meter.

Here is a few things you could do.. you could replace the solenoid however the cost of the solenoid is near the price of a starter.. So replacing the starter would be the best thing in this case.. however it could be explensive. also if you replace the starter and the problem still is there.. from there we would have to figure out where in the wire harness you are lossing voltage. I hope this helps.

Expert:  Bill McCusker replied 9 months ago.

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