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Category: Small Engine
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Experience:  Certified on Onan and Generac generators
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Actually its my kenowa generator, Kenowa 4500E 3 maybe 4yrs

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actually its my kenowa generator
JA: What's the make and model of the generator? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: Kenowa 4500E 3 maybe 4yrs old
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes if I can
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: when first purchasing it ran smooth and generated. didn't even use it.preparing for a hurricane which didn't happen here as we thought.Got it back out for this hurricane Erma storm here in florida, not it wont strts fine just wont put out current
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Hank F. replied 1 month ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am going to assist you with this.

The first thing you need to do is to try a procedure called flashing the field.

1. Remove the spark plug wire – you do not want the engine to start while doing this.
2. Obtain an old extension cord that you can cut one end off, or an old power cord from an appliance (you will need the male end left on the cord).
3. This step not needed.
4. Note how on the receptacle, one slot is longer than the other. This longer slot is the negative slot. It is critical that you get it hooked up correctly.
5. Determine which wire of the cord will go to the negative slot.
6. Connect the negative wire to the negative terminal of a 12V battery.
7. Connect the positive wire to the positive terminal of the battery.
8. Plug the cord into the receptacle and pull the starter cord 6-8 times.
9. Immediately unplug the cord. DO NOT LEAVE THE CORD PLUGGED IN FOR MORE THAN 6 OR 8 SECONDS.
10. Disconnect the wires from the battery.
11. Reconnect the spark plug wire and see if the set is now producing electricity.

If it is not, please let me know and we can troubleshoot further.

Expert:  Hank F. replied 1 month ago.

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