How Does a Generator Work? — Engine Repair Tips

Generator won't start, runs unevenly, or won't stay running? This video provides information on how a portable generator works and offers troubleshooting tips to assist you in diagnosing and repair.

Here is a list of the most commonly replaced parts associated with each generator symptom:

Battery keeps draining: voltage regulator, alternator
Engine leaks gas: carburetor gasket, float bowl gasket, fuel tank, fuel line, carburetor, fuel shut-off
Engine won't start: spark plug, carburetor, ignition coil, recoil starter, start switch, safety switch, on-of switch, flywheel key
Generator stops after a few seconds: Fuel cap, carburetor
Engine runs poorly: Carburetor, carburetor repair kit, spark plug, fuel filter

All of the information provided in this generator troubleshooting video is applicable to the following brands: Briggs & Stratton, Carrier, Craftsman, Generac, Homelite, Honda, Ryobi

Briggs and Stratton Generator Disassembly:

How your generator works:

For additional repair advice and help finding your model number visit the repair help section of our website: Generator repair help