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Question DetailsAsked on 12/28/2015

why is my generator so hard to pull over

genator ran fine 2 months ago been outside under deck since thied starting it and it pulls over very hard and wont start

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Two guesses - water got into the exhaust or in around a loose sparkplug and into the cylinder so you are trying to turn it over compressing the water - or it started rusting up. Or if it has been cold (or is cold now) could be the oil is gelling.

If quite cold out (say near or below freezing, may just be the oil has gotten thick - particularly if a normal small engine oil in the crankcase - that is normally only rated down to about 40 degrees. IF that is the case, try warming it up - warm (NOT HOT) air gun, or drag into heated garage for a few hours (being sure it is not leaking gas to cause ann explosion threat). If using hot air keep the gun itself a good foot or more away so there is no chance of stray gas fumes getting into the heat gun and igniting.

If thick oil is not the problem, take spark plug out (if a bit home handy) and try turning the engine over then. If turns over easy, pull hard several times to blow out any water in it, then do the WD-40 thing following to lubricate it and help clear the water. If turns over hard, stick the spray tube from a WD-40 can into the side of the cylinder (not straight down) and give it a short shot around the perimeter of the cylinder/piston at three or four places around the circumference, then pull it over vigorously a couple of times to work the oil around, then put plug back in - cleaning (or replacing) it if dirty.

If still turns over hard when warm and plug is out, then likely got some corrosion or rust inside and probably needs to go to a small engine repair shop.

Recommendations for care for outside generators varies by manufacturer - some say wrap in plastic or shrink-wrap when in prolonged storage, some say drape a water-resistant but not air tight cover over it - but you definitely want to keep water off it.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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