Honda generator won’t start. It can be extremely frustrating if your generator won’t start. But usually, this is only the case because you simply aren’t doing something right or you’re neglecting to pay attention to a necessary warning or notice that there may have been delivered at some point in time.
As an article, we understand how difficult these instances can be and hate seeing you fall victim to them. But Luckily!
These issues only happen occasionally so it’s easy to troubleshoot them once they appear and get back on track with operation again within a short time frame.
In this article, we’re going to address the top reasons why a generator might not start and carefully go over how you can take care of these issues with ease.
Honda generator won’t start
Here we will discuss some common issues and solutions for Honda generator won’t start.
Choke lever Problems
It is important to set the choke of your engine before starting it. Specifically, the air intake should be closed while starting and then opened to a certain point once the engine is warmed up.
The location or precise mechanism for this setting may be different from one model or brand to another, but all generators have settings that, when set correctly, improve the function and performance of your machine.
Set your choke according to user guidance provided by your generator’s instruction manual, which can usually be accessed on their company website as well.
For a burner-type generator (such as those in our WEN Power Series), open access is known as “run” and is typically indicated by a green dot on your settings, matched with an open hand symbol like the one you would find on the packaging for most medications!
There might be a blockage in the carburetor. When fuel is left in the generator for an extended period of time, the carburetor usually becomes clogged.
Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate while others settle to the bottom and become a thick substance that coats important parts of the engine, clogging them up or preventing them from working properly.
One way to help avoid this problem is to make sure you’re using fuel that’s compatible with your generator so there aren’t any unnecessary issues connecting it together via the port.
Try cleaning out your carburetor with carburetor cleaner if it’s been clogged – but if cleaning it isn’t effective you can replace or rebuild it entirely!
Recoil Starter Defects
A Recoil Starter Assembly helps ignite the engine by laying next to it and sending its energy into the device.
If a Recoil Starter Assembly is defective, there’s a chance it may send too little or too much energy into the device that fails to start up or get unstuck.
Make sure the recoil starter is engaged by using the assembly to start the engine and ensure any adjustments are made accordingly.
Defective low oil sensor
The low oil sensor is designed to help protect your generator against damage but if it’s faulty, it can cause problems. Don’t forget that the surface you run your generator on can affect current levels and cause the low oil sensor to misread, so simply leveling the device could get it working again.
Unplug the wire running out of the engine’s crankcase to determine whether or not this is what is preventing your generator from starting. If it starts after you do this, then most likely the low oil sensor was indeed at fault for your starting troubles.
Usually, this will work if reconnected again after a short period of time has passed, but if still nothing happens to replace the part may be required – which can be a tricky job as it involves taking apart your engine!
Flywheel Key Faults
The flywheel key may have sheared in half. If the engine stops suddenly like when power-sailing or the ignition is turned off while the main switch is set to ON, the flywheel key that fits into the crankshaft may break in half.
To determine if the flywheel key has been broken, check for it by removing and inspecting the flywheel key. Once you’ve determined whether or not a new one is needed, proceed to install it carefully as well as any other additional component replacement(s).
Fuel valve Issue
If you leave fuel in your carburetor or gas tank before storing it, the fuel valve might be clogged.
In addition to opening the fuel valve, you should open the vacuum relief valve above the gas tank if your generator has one.
To check whether gasoline is able to flow freely through your fuel line despite unplugging the hose from the fuel valve, make sure you have a bucket handy to collect any flowing gas.
A clogged in-line fuel filter between the fuel valve and carburetor should always be checked after unplugging the system.