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Old 03-05-2016, 09:00 AM   #11
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Thanks, yes that is a common mistake but also the first thing they tell you to look for. Mine runs fine but if you put a 300w light on it shuts off in 3 minutes. It could be the carb, I hope!

Another common error is to turn the switch on the cap the wrong direction, then it can get dicey cause on is off and off is on!
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Fixed It!

I took all the panels off and really dug into the wiring. I found that at the 120 VAC output plug on the inverter itself, the red and white wires had broken off. At least one had broken off completely, and when I first jiggled the wires, both came free.

I removed the metal crimp connectors from the plastic plug, soldered a length of wire to each one, and re-inserted both into the plug. I attached the red and white wires to the jumper wires, and SUCCESS! Works perfectly again.

If I can find some of the metal inserts that broke, I'll get some to fix it right. Otherwise, I might have to order an output pigtail from Honda.

I'm a happy camper! Literally!

I added some Stabil gas treatment to the new generator, and will store it until I need to use my air conditioner. Still have to construct a tethering kit.
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Old 03-05-2016, 04:43 PM   #13
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I have had mine for 11 years and it has always done the job until last week. We tried to use it while boondocking in a parking lot. Long story but my truck broke down. The generator would run for 3 or 4 minutes and shut down.

I dropped it off at a shop Monday. Hope it's not serious. If it's toast, I will likely buy a Champion from Costco as they look affordable and the price is right.
I should know if a few days.
For what it's worth, had a generator that had the same symptoms as yours. Would run three or four minutes and die. Turned out to be the spark plug. Heat would short the electrode.
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Smokerbill; Great you found the problem that was an easy fix for you. There's always a bit vibration in engines. Which can make wires to break. Those Honda engines are good for at least 30 years when well taken care off.
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I also put together my switching pigtail today. I had a heavy duty extension cord I made from 10-3 cable, a 20 amp plug and a 4 inch galvanized box. The cover plate had cutouts for a duplex outlet.

I bought a new plate than accepted both a duplex outlet and a switch. Bought a heavy duty 20 amp switch, and with a little electrical configuration, I can now shut the outlets off with a flick of the switch.

From now on I'll turn make sure the outlet is OFF before starting or stopping the generator. It's better this way than wearing out the main breaker on the converter, or plugging/unplugging the cord to the generator while running, causing arcing and damaging the receptacle.
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For what it's worth, had a generator that had the same symptoms as yours. Would run three or four minutes and die. Turned out to be the spark plug. Heat would short the electrode.
I'm hoping it's a simple fix. Still no word. I want a genny but sure don't need to buy one right now!
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Anyway, things break, some sooner than others. No problem. Actually, fixing it will be a fun challenge for me. And I was joking about the "bulletproof" comment. Parts go bad, even on the best equipment.

One thing I have been doing, though, that might have contributed to the failure is that I've been starting it up under load. I've kept it plugged into the shore power cord continously, and just start it up. I know the converter starts pulling a load immediately to charge the batteries. Anyway, from now on I'm going to shut off the main breaker before starting the Honda.
What a great attitude to take. I love your attitude, just wish I had your talents. The world would be a much better place if we all were like that! Including the smoking talents!
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What a great attitude to take. I love your attitude, just wish I had your talents. The world would be a much better place if we all were like that! Including the smoking talents!
Thanks Joe. Equipment failure rarely upsets me, since it can be expected. On the other hand, human failure can really bother me. I've learned that the abilities of repair techs can vary greatly. Some do a great job, and others just cause more problems- and cost. And that's why I do all I can to be able to repair and maintain anything I own.

It's been a long time since I smoked any ribs or briskets. I need to bring a smoker with me next winter when I head south again.

I was checking out parallel kits for the Honda generators, and learned that if you have a "Companion" model generator (which I do have), all that's needed is a three-cable setup- a pair for coupling the AC power, and a ground wire. All I need to do is find the appropriate connectors and I'll be able to make a home-spun parallel cable kit for just a few bucks.
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