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Old 04-05-2016, 05:40 PM   #1
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ONAN RV QG 5500 Generator Won't Crank

OK, I have a 2014 FR Georgetown, 351DS RV with a ONAN gas generator. Model RV QG5500. Its a 5500 watt. The power switch at the generator is solid red, no error codes are given. The dash switch flashes very briefly when trying to initiate start. THE GEN HAS OVER 2000 HOURS, SO IT IS NOT UNDER WARRANTY ANY MORE.

At the engine - I can hear the fuel pump running when I press the switch to prime the engine. The gas tank is 1/2 full.
When I press the local start switch, (it stays red) I hear one loud clink, then for about 10 seconds, a low rumbling like it may be turning over very slowly, then nothing, it stops.
I have checked the batteries and they are all charged, and have at least 12v each.
I checked the voltage at the line feeding the generator starter, and even when cranking, it remains above 12v.
I removed the plate on the bottom of the generator, and turned the flywheel by hand, it wasn't stuck, and turned freely.
All battery connections and the ground, at the generator are clean and tight.
I CANNOT SEE the starter from standing next to it, because it apparently is on the backside of the gen.
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Do you think this might be a solenoid or starter problem???? Is there ANY WAY to access the them without pulling out the unit from the MH?
Thanks
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OK, I have a 2014 FR Georgetown, 351DS RV with a ONAN gas generator. Model RV QG5500. Its a 5500 watt. The power switch at the generator is solid red, no error codes are given. The dash switch flashes very briefly when trying to initiate start. THE GEN HAS OVER 2000 HOURS, SO IT IS NOT UNDER WARRANTY ANY MORE.



At the engine - I can hear the fuel pump running when I press the switch to prime the engine. The gas tank is 1/2 full.

When I press the local start switch, (it stays red) I hear one loud clink, then for about 10 seconds, a low rumbling like it may be turning over very slowly, then nothing, it stops.

I have checked the batteries and they are all charged, and have at least 12v each.

I checked the voltage at the line feeding the generator starter, and even when cranking, it remains above 12v.

I removed the plate on the bottom of the generator, and turned the flywheel by hand, it wasn't stuck, and turned freely.

All battery connections and the ground, at the generator are clean and tight.

I CANNOT SEE the starter from standing next to it, because it apparently is on the backside of the gen.

So....

Do you think this might be a solenoid or starter problem???? Is there ANY WAY to access the them without pulling out the unit from the MH?

Thanks

If you are near a Cummings dealer or call them we had genny problem last year and found out that the genny had a recall on Controller board. Also our dealer told us that they don't care about hours on genny. I think warranty is 3 years from your purchase. So you might be under warranty and if there is recall they should fix for free


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Old 04-05-2016, 07:39 PM   #3
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It sounds like solenoid/starter issue to me.

Is the oil level good?


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Is your battery switch near entry steps connected/on? If not it could cause symptoms your describing.


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Old 04-05-2016, 10:38 PM   #5
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Thank you so much. I will definitely make that call tomorrow.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:33 PM   #6
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If your starter is working your voltage at the starter when you try to start should drop to about 11.5 volts if it doesn't your starter isn't trying to turn. If the starter solenoid clicks try TAPPING the starter motor with a hammer while trying to crank. It may just be stuck on a flat spot. If this gets your gen started you should look at replacing the starter, tapping it won't work forever
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Also check your oil. Those generators have a low oil shutdown sensor.
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Try a booster incase the courant of the battery is not good.
If that dont work probebly the starter is defective.
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Looks like that is EXACTLY the prob. I looked at it, considered trying to replace it myself, but it requires removal of the gen to replace the starter & solenoid. I took it to an RV repair place in Hammond Louisiana to do the work. Estimate is $850 including the starter. Ouch.....
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Did you check for a rebuit one?
Or have your starter rebuilt!
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