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I went to start the generator saturday and had a wierd issue.
The generator would start right away but as soon as I released my finger from the switch it turned of.
I also tried the switch outside on the generator, same outcome.
So where to start.. these things are out of my creative wheelhouse.


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Check and make sure your propane tank hasn't gone into safety mode. It will allow a bit of propane out, just enough to start the Genny, but not enough keep it running. Been there, done that lol


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It's not a propane issue..
It's either the switch or other electrical..

I can keep it running if I hold the switch in the start position.

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Everything else works fine on the propane side too.
Fridge.stove. heat.

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What kind of generator?





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It's starving. If it's firing up at all, it's got spark. If it has power to turn over, it has the needed electrical. If it won't keep running, it is a fuel issue.

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It was the switch
The terminal was loose so it arked and fried the switch.

Got a new generic marine momentary on /off/ momentary on...
Works fine.

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Something turns off the L.P. and the start switch overrides that. Oil level, oil pressure, amount of charge or something. That is what is bad. Onan makes many L.P. generators

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K Charles wrote:

What kind of generator?



Was an onan that lance uses in 99% of their units after 1999

The salt air has taken its toll on it over the years so anytime I can keep it going is a hood day.

I have been using a Carry on Onan 4500i inverter for most of my camping this year. Its awesome..
Quiet as a honda3000 but has wheels and remote start standard.

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I had the same thing happen to my onan down there, I had parked in the bull pen so the wind was blowing right at my generator door (E wind), the next morning I went to fire it up and it wouldn't stay running (ran fine day before). I gave up fiddling with it and waited for the solar to kick in to top the batteries off.

When I got home that evening and pressed the button the dang thing fired right up, never have figured out what caused the issue other than possible moisture?

Edit: If your on LOA: https://community.lanceowners.org/topic/onan-generator-no-start-mystery

* This post was edited 07/14/20 07:26am by mellow *


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