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FYI, on my FC I have two circuit breakers under my bed, next to water tank. These are in addition to breakers on the control box located on the generator. I had a problem with my generator that sounds like yours, and John McGinnis told me where to look. Reset the breakers and all good for last 5-6 years.

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I went to start the genny today after picking it up from the mechanic and it acted normally. Later I tried to restart it and nothing. The switch doesn't light up anymore either.


I only have 1/4 tank of fuel. Is there a low fuel cutoff?


I leave tomorrow for 5 days of boondocking so this timing could not be any worse.
You're low on fuel, when your main tank is at 1/4 or less the generator will auto-shut off. The reasoning for this is to allow you to get to a fuel stop with the fuel you have on board. Your generator fuel pickup is higher in the tank than the 3208 pickup.

Once you fill up you may not get the generator to start without opening an injector to bleed off the air, then again it may. I'd suggest you run the main engine for awhile it may help pump fuel to the generator.
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The problem is most likely the cannon plug on the rear of the control panel. The pins overheat and lose their contact. I have so far jumped around 3 of the pins in mine. The plan is to replace the connector with a terminal strip when i pull the generator to replace the rear bearing. Hope this helps..
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The problem is most likely the cannon plug on the rear of the control panel. The pins overheat and lose their contact. I have so far jumped around 3 of the pins in mine. The plan is to replace the connector with a terminal strip when i pull the generator to replace the rear bearing. Hope this helps..
If it hasn't been done the cannon plug needs attention,
Problem with this install all the good stuff is on the backside, so it would be wise to drop the Onan and replace hoses, fan, fan motor, service radiator etc.
Other wise this is a great gennie just needs attention.
Also if the horton is leaking , this could be an issue with the air pressure and the compressor maintaining 120 psi.
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The breakers are still in place but the lever part is missing so I used a small screwdriver to trip them with no avail. I removed the cover to that box and I'm getting 12v to the solenoid terminal marked BAT but still nothing when I hit the start switch.
There was one at Quartzsite with the lever missing in the control breaker. No matter what was tried with a screwdriver, the breaker remained tripped. A desert field replacement of the breaker with a fuse holder and a fuse resulted in power to the starter from the control board and a successful start. We showed power at the bat terminal also prior to replacing the breaker.
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Quote from the man's first post on this thread, "I only have 1/4 tank of fuel. Is there a low fuel cutoff?" I think everyone is over thinking this, put fuel in the tank then try to get it started, after you exhaust all efforts then try other avenues. JMO
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Hi Matt,
A lot of over the road truckers now have a diesel generator by the drive wheels.
A shop that works on them, might be able to remove and fix all the things that need repair.
Your Onan/Kubota should be easy for them to figure out.
If you can find a good local shop. Check with the truck-stops in your area for a reference?
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I know I have a different year and model but I was told by someone on here that my 99 LXi does in fact shut the generator down to conserve fuel to get to a fuel station. Besides like John said start with the easy stuff and work up. You stated your did have the two breakers but they are missing now. Simple call to your mechanic to find out exactly what work was completed would be the next things I checked after adding fuel. Best of luck. I know first hand how easy it is to get frustrated trying to trouble shoot these birds, but the knowledge here is amazing to say the least
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Quote from the man's first post on this thread, "I only have 1/4 tank of fuel. Is there a low fuel cutoff?" I think everyone is over thinking this, put fuel in the tank then try to get it started, after you exhaust all efforts then try other avenues. JMO
He also stated the light in the switch did not light up now.
I don't think the tank being low on fuel with turn the power and the light off to the switch.
Unless i did not understand the power thing?
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