Ive got this generator and use it when we have power cuts. Yesterday we had
one so i went to fire it up and smelt petrol. On further inspection is was
pouring out at the back of the fuel filter, im presuming this to be the ca
rb. It wasnt a drip it was a dribble, maybe 10 ml per minute.
I took the air filter off and there was a significant dribble comping down
from the choke inlet manifold.
I turned the fuel switch to off and even though the dribble from the carb s
topped the flow of fuel from the choke inlet continued.??
Can anyone advise whats wrong.
Dribbling from the carb inlet is a sign that the fuel inlet valve is stuck
open , and from your description that sounds like what tyou've got . If it
was stored with fuel in the carb it evaporated , leaving a gummy mess that
needs to be cleaned . I have also seen alcohol laced gasoline gel in the
bowl , which will cause the same type of problems .
I agree with Terry. After loss of power due to a hurricane, I found
that my generator was pumping gas out the exhaust pipe when I tried to
start it. It had been stored with some residual fuel in the carburetor
that eventually evaporated. The resulting gum glued the float into the
open position it was in when shut off.
Some Honda generators have a drain valve on their carburetors. After my
experience, I now turn off the fuel supply before shutting down the
generator to use up the residual fuel in the carburetor. This may not
get all the fuel, so a drain valve would be good to have.
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