If the unit is equipped with a fuel valve, it must be
CAUTION: The base of a generator set must
To ensure prompt starting, fill the fuel system between
Clutch Disengage the clutch, if the unit is so equipped.
the pump and the fuel return manifold with fuel. If the
engine has been out of service for a considerable length
of time, prime the filter between the fuel pump and the
injectors. The filter may be primed by removing the
Before starting the engine for the first time, perform the
plug in the top of the filter cover and slowly filling the
operations listed under Preparation For Starting Engine
filter with fuel.
In addition to the above, on an engine equipped with a
Before a routine start, see Daily Operations in the
Hydrostarter, use a priming pump to make sure the fuel
Lubrication and Preventive Maintenance Chart.
lines and the injectors are full of fuel before attempting
to start the engine.
If a manual or an automatic shut-down system is
incorporated in the unit, the control must be set in the
NOTE: The fuel system is filled with fuel
open position before starting the engine.
before leaving the factory. If the fuel is still
in the system when preparing to start the
The blower will be seriously damaged if operated with
engine, priming should be unnecessary.
the air shut-off valve in the closed position.
Starting at air temperatures below 40 F. requires the
use of a cold weather starting aid. See Cold Weather
Fill all grease cups and lubricate at all fittings with an all
purpose grease. Apply lubricating oil to the throttle
linkage and other moving parts and fill the hinged cap
The instructions for the use of a cold weather fluid
oilers with a hand oiler.
starting aid will vary dependent on the type being used.
Reference should be made to these instructions ,
before attempting a cold weather start.
Adjust all drive belts as recommended under Lubrication
CAUTION: Starting fluid used in capsules is
and Preventive Maintenance.
highly inflammable, toxic and possesses
Initial Engine Start (Electric) Start an engine equipped
Check the battery. The top should be clean and dry, the
with an electric starting motor as follows: Set the speed
terminals tight and protected with a coat of petroleum
control lever at part throttle, then bring it back to the
jelly and the electrolyte must be at the proper level.
desired no-load speed. In addition, on mechanical
governors, make sure the stop lever on the governor
NOTE: When necessary, check the battery
cover is in the run position. Then press the starting
motor switch firmly.
with a hydrometer; the reading should be
1.265 or higher.
If the engine fails to start within 30 seconds, release the
readings should always be corrected for the
starting switch and allow the starting motor to cool a few
temperature of the electrolyte.
minutes before trying again. If the engine fails
Where applicable, fill the generator end bearing housing
Above 40 F
with the same lubricating oil as used in the engine.
40 to 0 F
Below 0 F
A generator set should be connected and grounded in
accordance with the applicable local electrical codes.