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Old 03-04-2016, 07:18 PM   #1
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My Honda EU2000i Died Last Night

Yep, and I though they were bulletproof. It was running fine, and all of a sudden there was no power output. Engine still runs, and the green light was on indicating that it had output, but it didn't. I'll tear into it and fix it one of these days. Could be the rotor or the stator. Or it could be simply a loose or disconnected wire (I hope).

I found a shop manual online, and it has troubleshooting specifics and tells what to test, what voltages should be at different points, etc. I'll figure it out.

I drove a hundred miles up to Grand Junction, CO today and bought a new one. It's purring along outside right now. When I get the old one fixed, I'll be able to tether them and run my air conditioner. I won't have to escape the heat anymore!
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:23 PM   #2
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How old is the one that's giving you trouble? Never had any trouble out of ours except carburetors when we let them sit too long.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:50 PM   #3
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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.
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How old is the one that's giving you trouble? Never had any trouble out of ours except carburetors when we let them sit too long.
It's a little over 5 years old, but it's been used a lot. It probably has over 5000 hours run time on it.

Oil changed every 100 hours, plugs changed every 300-400 hours. Air filters cleaned at every oil change. Engine runs like a champ. Whenever it was stored for more than a couple months, I drained all gas from tank and carb, and squirted an ounce of oil into the combustion chamber to protect the cyl from corrosion. Even cleaned the spark arrestor once.

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.
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I almost put it up for sale a couple months ago. I figured I could get $600-$700 dollars for it, then I'd buy a new one. Should've trusted my gut.

The new one has a 3 year warranty, so I think I'll sell it just before the warranty is up and buy a new one.
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Even though mine is 11 years old, it has very low mileage. I have serviced it and run it for a half hour monthly. I guess it has less than 150 hours on it.

I read on the net that if the Inverter goes, it's not worth repairing.
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Generator/Inverter's should not be started with a load attached, also don't stop under load or run out of gas under load. My son in-law burnt 3 of them by running out of gas under load (a/c running). Expensive way of learning.
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Smoker, maybe you'll get lucky and it'll be a failed output breaker! Especially since the output indicator says all is well.
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Generator/Inverter's should not be started with a load attached, also don't stop under load or run out of gas under load. My son in-law burnt 3 of them by running out of gas under load (a/c running). Expensive way of learning.
Thanks Aljo

Tomorrow I'm going to the hardware store and buy a length of 10 gauge cable, a switch box, a 20 amp switch, a plug and a receptacle, put them together and make a switching pigtail. It would be an obvious reminder to disconnect load before starting and shutting off the generator. Might even mount a small 120 vac indicator light on it so its visible at night.
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I got my 2KW Honda in 2008 and it still runs great - starts of the second pull on the rope everytime... It sits secured in the tail gate corner of my truck and keeps sloshing the gasoline around in it I suppose...

Like NORTY1 reported above I started it up on one trip and it only ran for a couple of minutes and then would shut down... I dumped the gas and played with for awhile and no good results. Then a guy walks up and says having troubles HUH... I said yup... He looked at it for a minute and said "try it now..."

Fired right up and kept running. All he did was move the lever in the fuel cap which was in the wrong position for run. It was in the OFF position...

easy fix... He told me "that will be $50 thank you..." haha We drank some good camp fire coffee and chatted awhile...



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