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Old 08-25-2014, 08:00 AM   #1
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Hard Starting Generator fix.

I was taking me longer than I thought it should to get my generator to start. Looking thru the owners manual I found out why. I was not priming the generator fuel system before cranking it over. To prime the generator go to the motor home control panel and hold down the generator button in the OFF position about 30 seconds. After holding it down for a few seconds the bulb in the Gen switch will illuminate and you may hear the fuel pump on the generator switch on. After priming it starts right up now.

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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LOL, I was lucky and the dealer showed me that or I would have done the same thing before I read my book on it. I was used to my old pull start so I just happened to ask how to start it before we left the dealer when we bought it.

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Old 08-25-2014, 12:13 PM   #3
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Mine still takes 3 or 4 tries even though I'm holding it down. Maybe I need to hold it down longer

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Old 08-26-2014, 08:54 AM   #4
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Yes, hold it down for 30-45 seconds. My generator repair guy told me that there's no issue with holding it down for a long time. It won't flood.

Also, keep the button depressed until the generator is fully running. Also, when shutting down, keep button depressed until system is completely off.

He said that saves valve repairs down the line.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:03 PM   #5
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Good advice ,just went thru the same thing !! Thanks for the info
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:17 PM   #6
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If it still starts hard after you prime it may be a choke issue. My choke linkage was binding. Fixed it and it starts beautiful!
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:27 PM   #7
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I took mine to a Cummins Dealer. There was a recall part put on the fuel pump. No more issues. Done in an hour and free to repair . Call Cummins 1-800 and they will hook you up, amazing service! ( full 3 yr warranty on Gen)

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