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Old 12-29-2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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Diesel Generator won't stay running

Hi Gang. I have a issue with my 8kw Diesel generator it will start and run for a minute then stop. It gives a failure code of 36 which I think means it, lost it's prime. The manual says to hold the start button down for a minute or so to prime then push start. I did this and the same thing happens, wants to run but then stops. Any ideas?
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:33 AM   #2
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Make, Model and historical information on this problem will help others help you.

In the meantime, make sure your chassis fuel tank(s) aren't below anywhere from 1/4-3/8 remaining.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:22 AM   #3
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Not sure of code, but also check your oil level, it will shut down with low oil.
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It will also fail to run if you don't have enough fuel in your tank. This prevents you from using all your driving fuel and stranding yourself while running your genset.
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Mike, you can download a pretty good troubleshooting document at Generator & RV Controls | Engine Monitors | Idle Limiter | Repair & Rebuilding Services

The document emphasizes control boards, but provides a good troubleshooting procedure.
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Thanks guys for the quick replies. Just for your information my Gen-set is a Onan Quiet 8000 Diesel, model is 8HDKAK11451K. So today I held the prim switch down for about 3 minutes, then started the Gen. It ran for about 2 minutes and died. So Gin I held the primer down for about 5 minute and then tried it again and it started and ran fine, even under load. I will try and start it tomorrow with out priming first.
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Hi Gang. I have a issue with my 8kw Diesel generator it will start and run for a minute then stop. It gives a failure code of 36 which I think means it, lost it's prime. The manual says to hold the start button down for a minute or so to prime then push start. I did this and the same thing happens, wants to run but then stops. Any ideas?
I believe it is the "stop" switch you hold down to prime the diesel generator. It also may take longer than a minute to get the air out of the fuel lines.
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thanks Harry it was the Stop Button and it took much longer than a minute.
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Glad it turned out to be a simple fix.
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