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Sev09
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Member since Feb 2011
13681 posts

Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Riddle me this:

If they haven't started it since Hurricane Gustav and they left the gas in it since then, is it done for?

Tried starter fluid in the choke and that gets it to turn over but then it dies after a second.

ETA: They recommended try adding "Sta-bil" to help "remove the moisture from the old gas, but it looks like Sta-bil is a preventative additive, not to correct old gas. Thoughts?
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Monday
LSU Fan
Prairieville
Member since Mar 2013
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
It's not done for but you might've waited a little too long to start figuring those things out.


bee Rye
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New orleans
Member since Jan 2006
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
you need to flush out all fluids and start over. might have some gasket issues as well


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fatboydave
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Fat boy land
Member since Aug 2004
13722 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
The carb is probably gummed up severely. Probably too late to get it running today.

quote:

you need to flush out all fluids and start over. might have some gasket issues as well


This also
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FlagLake
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Run some Sea-Foam through it.


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LSU Delts
New York Yankees Fan
Louisiana
Member since Dec 2007
1907 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
It’s not “done for”.
Need to clean the carburetor and check the fuel line and filter if it has one. Buy 100% gasoline. No ethanol. Add stabilizer. Never any trouble.
Newer models of carbs are not as good as the old.


Tigerbait337
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Louisiana
Member since Aug 2008
20347 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Drain the gas tank, put fresh gas, clean the carborator, get some starter spray


Sev09
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Member since Feb 2011
13681 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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It's not done for but you might've waited a little too long to start figuring those things out.


Thanks for letting me down easy. I agree, I think I just assumed they drained it after they last used it 11 years ago.


GreatLakesTiger24
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Paging MeauxJeaux2


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Tigerpaw123
USA Fan
Louisiana
Member since Mar 2007
14182 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
since you can get it to turnover this might work

drain all old gas and put a gallon or 2 of non ethanol mixed with a can of seafoam

spray the shite out of the carb with carb cleaner

use some starting fluid or carb cleaner and spray into carb while cranking it and see if you can get it running once you get seafom new gas mixture running through the carb it will make a shite ton of white smoke and hopefully work after that

if not.... replace the carb


LaBR4
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2005
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
quote:

hey haven't started it since Hurrican Gustav and they left the gas in it since then


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Riolobo
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Member since Mar 2017
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Take this to the outdoor board where the true baws can help.


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fishfighter
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Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2008
35931 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
quote:

The carb is probably gummed up severely.


This

quote:

. Probably too late to get it running today.


30 min job at most if you know what you doing.


GetCocky11
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Arlen, TX
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...


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Monday
LSU Fan
Prairieville
Member since Mar 2013
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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30 min job at most if you know what you doing.

I agree but if you waited this long and are on a message board asking for help less than 24 hours before a tropical storm, then maybe this doesn't apply.

I meant to throw no shade at the OP but it is what it is


JohnDoe00
LSU Fan
Dallas, TX
Member since Feb 2019
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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30 min job at most if you know what you doing.



Yeah but...


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lepdagod
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2015
713 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Just drain all the old fluids...turn entire generator over on its top... wait a hour... flip back over... oil, gas, idle turned to high, breakers in off position,auto throttle off, pull starting string one time(pull don't use key start), pull the choke out( do not choke on first pull), pull starting string a few times, push choke in... should start after a couple pulls...


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Jack Daniel
LSU Fan
In the bottle
Member since Feb 2013
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
After reading this I feel I also need to tell you another tip... dont place the generator indoors while running.
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tketaco
Houston Astros Fan
SoHo Vatos
Member since Jan 2010
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
A bag of sugar will do


fishfighter
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2008
35931 posts

re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
OP, location you at? If you like it fixed, I live in the New Roads area. Just bring it.


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