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Champion 3000 Watt Generator, Hard Starting when Cold

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Posted by jaugustine on January 23, 2015, 5:33 pm

    I bought a new Champion 3000 watt generator (model 46595) at Lowes on
 Dec 22 2014.  After I filled with gasoline and added the oil,  I was able to
start the generator with just one pull of the cord.  Note:  I keep the
generator in the shed, and the temperature was very mild, around 50 degrees.

    I ran the generator for 1 hour, and followed the procedure in the
instructions manual for shutting it down (close the fuel valve and let the
generator run until it stops).  Note: I also bought Stabil and added the
proper dose to the gas tank (3.8 capacity).

     Exactly one month later,  I went to the shed and moved the generator to
the same location, which is level,  where I ran it the first time.
Note: No load on generator.  The temperature was about 34 degrees.
I had to pull several times before I was able to get the generator to start.
Note: I know about putting the choke in the proper position and turning on
the ignition switch.

     Due to the location of the pull cord, I have to kneel and pull the
cord sideways (awkward).  I am thinking about adding a pulley for the cord so
I can stand up to pull the cord.  This will allow me greater pulling thrust
(like my lawn mower).

      Has anyone else have this same experience?

        Thank You in advance,  John

Posted by clare on January 23, 2015, 6:19 pm
On Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:33:35 -0500, jaugustine@verizon.net wrote:

 I bought mine with electric start for that very reason.
Starting a cold dry engine will ALWAYS take more than one pull.

Posted by adsDUMP on January 23, 2015, 7:03 pm
 On Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:33:35 -0500, jaugustine@verizon.net wrote:

Turn the fuel valve on and wait a minute or two for gas to get to the
carburetor.  It doesn't happen quickly, as the small height difference
between the gas tank and the carb doesn't allow for much help from

I do this on the three generators I use.  Some start easier than
others, but none of them start until the gas gets to the carb  ;-)

I have the same circumstances with my riding mower - I turn the fuel
valve off and let it run the carb dry.  If I don't give it a minute or
so to fill the carb when I want to use it again, it will not do well -
even with electric start.

Posted by puddietaat13 on November 18, 2015, 4:49 pm
 On Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2:03:15 PM UTC-5, ads...@wizardanswers.com wrote:

are you closing off the gas line each time after you run it???? and running it until the gas line empties and shuts off itself  

Posted by Vaughn on January 23, 2015, 8:21 pm
 On 1/23/2015 12:33 PM, jaugustine@verizon.net wrote:

As the others have said, your issue probably has to do with gas delivery  
to the carburetor.  Turning off the gas to stop the generator is a good  
idea, because it leaves the carburetor dry.  Otherwise, evaporating gas  
might gum it up.

Waiting for the carburetor to fill, as someone suggested, works with  
some engines, but other small engines have a little diaphragm operated  
fuel pump.  That pesky little pump is (I think) vacuum operated, so it  
might take several pulls to pump enough gas to start the engine.  One  
workaround is to prime by dropping a soda straw full of gas right down  
the carburetor throat.  Bear in mind, this may be a bigger PITA than  
just pulling on the cord until the thing starts.


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