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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2016

my generater was hauled tilted to one side and won't start what do i do?

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Might be, if just flooded (assuming gas) after leaving sitting upright for 15 minutes or more try to start it (or pull about 10 times if manual start) with choke off and on full wide open throttle, to get the flooded gas out. It should try to start during that process if plug is OK - or you might have to pull plug(s) to clean/blow them dry of gas.

Other possibility is crankcase oil ran up past the rings (if 4-cycle) and gunked up the plug. After setting it right side up and leaving for 15 minutes or more to drain oil back to where it belongs, take spark plug out, pull the motor over about 10 times on full throttle (no choke) with plug out and the plug wire securely shorted out to metal WELL AWAY FROM THE PLUG HOLE(s) to prevent fire - this will blow most of the oil and any accumulated gas out of the cylinder(s). Wipe off the plug tip to remove oil and gas (clean with carb cleaner or gas tank alcohol if real oily) and then blow it out well before reinstalling.

Other possibilities - spark plug wire came loose in handling, or spark plug got against something and is broken. Or controls/throttle linkage got broken/bent.

Otherwise, is going to take a mechanic going through and checking for what might be broken in handling.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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