Hi everyone.  I was having trouble with my generator on the old rv I bought. The engine ran fine but no current comming from the generator. After checking wiring, breakes etc.  I almost was going to tear it down to see if  something inside was shot. Something I have not done before and really was putting it off.  Then I was looking at Utube and saw a trick to re energize one.  Start the generator, Get a electric drill (varable speed is best) plug it in and while your holding down the trigger ,turn the drill by hand . If the drill starts to run then you got it!  The video explains that sometimes when generators sit and have not been running they quit. By hooking up the drill and doing this it re vises it. Worked for me and several others.  Worth a try if you have problems.        Rick

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Comment by Pat Daly on October 6, 2013 at 10:12pm

Ah, so that's what the magic is that makes it work.  Thanks!

Comment by marty kupper on October 6, 2013 at 1:35pm

What is really happening is this case is 'field flashing' the generator winding. The windings lose their magnetism that generates ac power. Instead of using an outside source such as a battery, the drill or whatever else is used is producing enough magnetic current to reflash the windings in the generator. A great idea! Will have to remember this one...

Comment by Tim Dailey on October 3, 2013 at 11:25pm

This sure does work!   I bought a small genset about 4 or 5 years ago just for the engine, as the PO said the generator head was bad.   Sure enough, after bringing it home it ran great, but would not generate.   I use an angle grinder and just kinda dragged it across the driveway.  To my surprise, the grinder started up and the generator head worked great.   So its worth a shot if you have one not generating!  

Comment by Lakota Wolf on October 3, 2013 at 9:10pm

Awesome advice.. Thanks for sharing. Will possibly save from tearing apart the Genset..

Comment by Pat Daly on October 2, 2013 at 11:17pm

Wow, Rick that's a new one I've never heard of. Simple and a whole lot better than a genny tear down. I've also heard that I need to run my generator under LOA at least once a month to keep the brushes and coils up to snuff and keep off rust and oxidation which makes sense.  Member what do you think? And WHY does this work??



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