Posted by Vaughn on January 23, 2015, 8:21 pm
On 1/23/2015 12:33 PM, email@example.com 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.
Posted by Steve Stone on January 23, 2015, 8:57 pm
I found using synthetic oil makes it alot easier to pull start a
generator on very cold days.
Posted by amdx on February 23, 2015, 6:05 pm
On 1/23/2015 2:57 PM, Steve Stone wrote:
I would add, keep a can of ether (starting fluid) handy to help
starting in cold weather.
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Posted by hubops on January 24, 2015, 2:36 pm
Try this - for fuel priming -
1. open fuel valve
2. choke on
3. engine switch off
4. give it two half-hearted pulls
5. engine switch on
6. count to twenty
7. one good pull
don't forget choke off ! after it starts..
This sometimes works for finicky old 2-strokes as well.
Posted by jaugustine on January 25, 2015, 5:53 pm
I am waiting for improved weather (snowed recently, and more coming)
so I can go to the shed where generator is located. I want to try my home
made "attachment" which will allow me to pull on the "starting cord" standing
Note: Kneeling and pulling on the cord sideways is very awkward since the
generator is on the floor. If the generator was up on a stand, it wouldn't
I will wait a short while after opening the fuel valve and do what you
suggested, before I try to start the generator. I will report what happens.
Again Thanks, John