Solenoids and loose Wires
05 July 2009 | Yacht Harbor
The genset has been acting up lately. The symptoms are difficultly starting. The generator run fine once started but it either does nothing when I press the start switch or it turns slowly and takes a bit to get going. Sometimes I have to turn it over for a bit and then give it a sec and then try again.
Upon inspection I noticed that the fuel shutoff solenoid was cracked. I messed with it a bit and it broke in half. Well, whether it was a problem before (which I doubt) it was now... Fortunately Napa had a replacement (with a metal case).
The next step was to have a mechanic friend, Chris, take a look at things. Chris suspected the starter external or internal wiring, which made good sense. Sure enough the starter hot was loose. A few turns of the wrench and the genset was back in good standing.