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Re: Generators inverters

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Posted by Utah Jake on November 26, 2011 at 23:12:31:

In Reply to: Generators inverters posted by Steve in IN on November 26, 2011 at 17:08:43:

I'm about 99% sure this is your problem, it's common enough that Honda put a service bulletin out on it. (ya, it hits Hondas also)
The intake valve steams on these generators have a very close clearance to the guides and are prone to varnish from the gas seizing them. There is no way to start the engine with the intake valve stuck open. The only fix is to do a tear down and using a hot air gun, bring the valve stem guide up to 700 degrees for long enough to break that solid varnish. There is no chemical cure. Average cost of repair at an honest shop is about $200.
The only prevention is adding a gas stabilizer to your gas can you use for small engines. I always keep a couple 5 gallon cans treated for my generators, mowers, snowblowers, etc. I've used STA-BIL for a long time with no problems.

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