Why, oh betrayer generator, won't you start?!
May 2, 2011 1:22 PM Subscribe
Help me get my Generac GP3250
posted by quin to Home & Garden (11 answers total)
I foolishly let the generator sit all winter without adding fuel stabilizer. A couple of weeks ago, I started it up, it ran rough for about thirty seconds before sputtering out. Realizing my mistake, I drained the fuel, added in fresh gas and tried again, but it was a no-go.
The instructions indicate that it has a low oil sensor and will shut off the engine if it detects that as an issue, so I drained and replaced the oil, but that didn't solve the problem.
I cleaned the sparkplug, but that wasn't it, so I replaced it. That didn't get it either.
If I add gas directly to the spark plug chamber, it will run for a few seconds before the gas supply in the chamber is depleted, so I thought it might be a problem with the fuel line, but I removed that and it is unobstructed.
The generator is basically new; we bought it last July and it ran over one eight hour period and then was stored, so I doubt wear and tear would be the issue. And at this point, I think I've exhausted my ability to troubleshoot. The fact that it runs, even for a few seconds, leads me to believe that the reason it's failing is that it isn't getting gas from the tank, but I can't find any reason for that to be the case.
This askme is the last step before I just say "to hell with it" and bring it in to a service and repair shop, but I figured it'd be worth a shot to query the green first.