Discussion for the Briggs And Stratton 030206-0 5,500 Watt Portable Generator
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My 8000 watt gen. runs great but won't produce power, Maybe 2.5 volts, it was working in the fall when I shut it off. the brushes look great, I don't know what the ohm reading should be on the regulator terminals or how to tell if it is bad, This gen. is 3 years old Briggs/ Stratton Elite series. any help out their. Lee
Question: Engine Repair
How hard is it to replace a connecting rod on a briggs and stratton generator and is there an instruction manual?
Reply: Engine Repair
Replacing a connecting rod is a fairly involved repair. It will require you to tear the engine completely down. You will also need to re-time the valves during reassembly. Briggs does offer excellent repair manuals for all of their engines that make a repair like this much easier. To find the proper parts and the correct repair manual you will need to find the model and type number of the engine itself. On a Briggs OHV engine the numbers will be located on the valve cover. Punch those numbers into our parts finder to see a parts diagram of the engine. The repair manual will be listed there as well.
Let us know how it goes!
Question: Voltage Regulator?
I have a 5500 watt briggs and strattion generator that is only 2 years old but I use it a lot. I use it to run lights and a low voltage furnace in an enclosed trailer. It runs the lights beautifully, but will not fire the furnace. When I plug the furnace into a wall socket or another generator it lights and works fine. I put a voltage tester to my briggs generator and it says it's pumping out 130 volts. I know lights love the volts but is it too much for the furnace? Do I need a new voltage regulator?
Question: Convert Pull Start To Electric
Do they make a kit to convert a pull start B & S 11 HP motor to electric start. Its on a Homelite generator ?
Reply: Convert Pull Start To Electric
There is not a kit to convert your Briggs engine to electric start. There are many different parts needed for an electric start system on a motor. There would need to be a starter motor, the crankcase needs to have a location to mount the starter, the flywheel needs to be geared so that the starter has something to engage to, there needs to be a battery, a charging system for the battery, an ignition switch and a starter relay. As you can see, if a kit where available it would be very pricey.
I think you will have to stick with the old pull cord!
Question: Generator ?
My Troy-Bilt generator is like new. It has been in my shop for 3 years. When I went to use it, it didn't start. So I got a new spark plug and new gas for it. It still will not start. I took the air filter off and put my hand over the choke and it started but you move your hand and it stops.
Reply: Generator ?
An engine that will only run when choked will have a clogged carburetor. The carburetor can become clogged by dirt or other debris. The dirt may get by a damaged or missing air filter. It can enter through a crack in the fuel lines. Some tools use a foam air filter. Over time the filter itself will breakdown and create debris that will enter the carb and clog it. It is a good idea to replace the air filter at least once a year. If fuel is left sitting in an unused engine for more than a couple of months the fuel will begin to breakdown and go bad. As the fuel breaks down it will start to become gel like as well as begin to coat the internal parts of the carburetor with a varnish. The gel and varnish will plug the carburetor so that fuel can no longer flow through it. To get your engine running again you will need to either rebuild or replace the carburetor. When you replace the carburetor it is always a good idea to also replace the air and fuel filters. This helps ensure that more debris won't clog the new carburetor.
I believe that your generator has a Briggs & Stratton engine. If it does you can find parts for it at the following link...
You will need the model and type number of the engine. Those numbers will be on a tag on the engine itself.
Good luck with your repair!