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Posted: 01/11/20 05:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Started my generator like I do once a month to exercise it, runs normal like it should for about 10 minutes then shuts off. I thought maybe I forgot to open the vent on the cap. Double checked and vent is in open position. Start it again, runs 10 min, then shuts off, gives a couple surges then dies. Then I removed cap and started, running like it should. Question: anything wears out on these caps?

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Posted: 01/11/20 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are missing the comparison between third time with cap and third time no cap.


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I have a Chraftsman tractor that kept running rough and dying. Replaced gas cap. Problem solved. Not sure that is your problem. Worked for me.


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BFL13 wrote:

We are missing the comparison between third time with cap and third time no cap.


With no cap...ran ok. Reason why I wonder if these cap venting system go bad.

UPDATE...I twisted the vent knob back on fourth several times and felt with my fingers tension more and less as I twisted the knob. I haven't looked real good at how the vent works yet. But I'm thinking a gasket was stuck?
Any ideas? It's been running normal since cap back on.

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Posted: 01/11/20 07:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe a bug built a nest in the vent and when you twisted it rapidly it broke loose.

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Posted: 01/11/20 08:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When you close the vent
It is pulled closed and compresses a spring

When you open it the spring pushes it open
Possibly gummed up and stuck
Clean it with alcohol or gasoline
Allow it to dry out in the open position


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Posted: 01/11/20 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the comments.

My plan...

Inspect visually real good looking for bugs. Dirt etc.

Then soak in gas for about half hour.

I did fill the gas right to the top, would that have any reason why vent messed up

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Possibly a cause. If you look a the bottom of the cap there is a little clip that holds the vent on.
Here's a youtube where the guy takes the cap apart.Ignore the part about taking making an extended run tank and skip to 2 min 8 sec. Just take the cap apart, clean it out and reassemble it.

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Posted: 01/12/20 12:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great video...
Thank you

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BFL13 wrote:

We are missing the comparison between third time with cap and third time no cap.


Honda Inverter Generators the fuel cap is sealed. there is a vent valve you are supposed to open. IF you do not open the vent the generator runs for a few minutes then dies exactly as the O/P's does
But he double checked to insure the vent was open and that did not help

So he did the next step and removed the gas cap. that worked.


Diagnosis: Well suspect list

Vent was not open it was closed

Vent valve is broken and not opening

Something has clogged the vent

I've never actually touched one of these so I can't tell if you can disassemble the vent valve assemble and clean it. BUT if you can. that would be my first suggestion.


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