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Old 09-23-2017
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Default Generator will not run

Just purchased this rig. 1990 SP 36

The Genny ran fine when we bought her...then on the trip home, through TX, pulled over to take a nap, with the generator running to power AC(it was hot outside).

Noticed steam coming out of front of coach, so shut the generator down.

Got home, tried to start the generator...it turns over, but will not "fire".

I know it needs coolant (the reservoir is empty). But is there some relay or switch I should be checking to see why it will not fire...or is it possible that when I add coolant it will fire right up?

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That's an Onan DKD 8 KW genny. Power is a 3 cyl Kubota like found on many small Kubota tractors.

If steam was coming from the front of the coach it broke a hose, boiled the overflow or some other issue. Its normal for the unit to shut down when it becomes hot. There is a built in safety switch for that and low oil pressure. Both switches reset themselves. Check your coolant level, preheat the glowplugs for a count of 15 and try to start again. Ensure the oil level is correct and no coolant is in the oil.
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Thank you sir
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Check the red circuit breaker in the top control box and make sure it has not tripped.
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Thanks for that. I was able to see that, it is not tripped.
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Mine has a fault breaker that pops out for overheating, I'm not sure if it's the same as yours though. Just push it back in once it's cooled down. I was having intermittent overheating as well as other problems. I think my overheating was caused by a bad thermostat. I'm running with out one and it's super cool 150f just aquired a new one and I'm planing to put it in after a full flush.
I think your ok running with out the thermostat till you get a new one if that's what you trace it to. I think the most like causes of a overheat is the fan, water pump, or thermostat.
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Mine has a fault breaker that pops out for overheating, I'm not sure if it's the same as yours though. Just push it back in once it's cooled down. I was having intermittent overheating as well as other problems. I think my overheating was caused by a bad thermostat. I'm running with out one and it's super cool 150f just aquired a new one and I'm planing to put it in after a full flush.
I think your ok running with out the thermostat till you get a new one if that's what you trace it to. I think the most like causes of a overheat is the fan, water pump, or thermostat.

Hey, I have that same panel. Bad news (for me), the fault breaker was not "popped". But going to fill her tomorrow with coolant and see what happens
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When you start it make sure your start stop solenoid goes to the start position, if it's not, then that's one problem.
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also,make sure the squirrel cage fan runs (when you get the motor running),and those rads are famous for getting plugged with insulation that falls off of the compartment.
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My neighbor has a Kubota zero turn mower. The coolant hose came loose and before they noticed it, it had scored the middle cylinder (3 cyl). It happens very fast. Hopefully you shut it down in time.
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