How It Works: Portable Generator

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Generator won't start, runs unevenly, or won't stay running? This video provides information on how a portable generator works and offers troubleshooting tips to assist you in diagnosing and repair.

Here is a list of the most commonly replaced parts associated with each generator symptom:

Battery keeps draining: voltage regulator, alternator
Engine leaks gas: carburetor gasket, float bowl gasket, fuel tank, fuel line, carburetor, fuel shut-off
Engine won't start: spark plug, carburetor, ignition coil, recoil starter, start switch, safety switch, on-of switch, flywheel key
Generator stops after a few seconds: Fuel cap, carburetor
Engine runs poorly: Carburetor, carburetor repair kit, spark plug, fuel filter


All of the information provided in this generator troubleshooting video is applicable to the following brands: Briggs & Stratton, Carrier, Craftsman, Generac, Homelite, Honda, Ryobi

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