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    Unhappy Generator stopped producing electricity

    Experts, please! I had a power outage and was running a couple of sump pumps. It went a couple of hours or so without a hitch.

    At some point, the rotor/stator stopped producing electrical output. Never had this issue before.

    I read that you can tickle it with a 12 voilt battery connected to an outlet on the gen. Not sure about doing that.

    Any ideas?

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    Brand?

    Do you have a voltage meter?
    Do you have the controls in the right places?
    Any breakers tripped?
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    Did you pop the circuit protection. Is there an internal safety or fuse. What kind/type genny
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    Not sure what you mean about the 12 volt thing. Your genny should not need to be polarized as that is for old style car genny's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbow View Post
    Brand? Coleman Powermate

    Do you have a voltage meter? Yes
    Do you have the controls in the right places? Yes
    Any breakers tripped? No

    ???

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    Is the rotor turning? Just a thought, but could be your brushes are worn out.
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    There are breakers (resets) on the generator itself, too.

    I've found myself looking at everything but the generator before I realized it peaked at some point.

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    try one pump then work your way up. Does the voltage and HZ (frequency) match what they should be?

    If the motor runs but no power, and all the switches and resets are correct, I'd say the gen is the issue and call the mfr or local repair center.

    What is the rating and surge rating on the gen?
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    Bad rectifier diodes? Try it on something besides your sump pumps...perhaps the 110AC to 12DC power supplies on the pumps got toasted.

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    I agree, fire it up and put the VOM on it and see what you have output wise. If nothing then start digging. Make sure everything turns, read the directions and make sure there isn't a inline fuse.

    If you have 2 sumps hooked to it, perhaps they both kicked on at the same time and caused a peak and popped something.
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    Had luck putting 12 volts to the brushes to re-energize the capacitor and get it producing voltage before. + on one brush lead - on the other. Have also had 2 with wires broken on the stator. Fixed one by shortening the wire, butt connecting it together, and electrical taped it to the rotor. Father in laws run it many times since with no issues.
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