Generator – Gasoline Engine, 3 to 6 KW w/Ground Rod
Small Engine Equipment
Storage and Shelf Life Checks:
Storage and Shelf Life Procedure:
Date Last Tested (DLT) not to exceed 12 months.
Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria
- Visually inspect for evidence of use (dust, oil, starter seal broken), damage or missing parts.
- Return to stock if there is no sign of use or damage and date last tested (DLT) does not exceed 12 months.
- Refurbish as necessary if unit has been used or fueled, damaged, or shelf life is exceeded.
- Dispose of the unit if it is not economically repairable.
- Remove dirt and oil using compressed air or detergent and shop towels as necessary
- Check condition of engine oil. If engine is equipped with an engine oil filter; replace the filter at each oil change.
- Check condition of spark plug and air filter, clean or replace as needed. Foam type air filters can be cleaned, re-oiled with “foam filter oil” and reinstalled.
- Inspect power-head (engine) for freeness of all moving parts, ensuring that the crankshaft, piston/cylinder and all engine bearings are not damaged.
- Check for loose and/or missing parts or mounting hardware; tighten or replace where needed.
- Inspect exhaust system; make sure there are no cracks and or leaks.
- Clean spark arrestor screen of excess carbon build up, replace if screen is damaged.
- Inspect fuel tank, filler cap, fuel line and fuel filter; clean, repair and/or replace as needed.
- Ensure that the recoil starter operates properly and that the rope is not frayed or Ensure proper condition of battery (if equipped).
- Ensure all decals (operations and warning) are affixed and legible.
C. Test for Performance
- Refer to the owner’s manual for operations and specifications information specific to generator model.
- Ensure gasoline is fresh prior to starting the engine. Use a fuel stabilizer in fuel during testing to help ensure proper operation of engine at post storage start up.
- Ensure recoil starter functions properly. Check for damage or fraying of pull cord; repair or replace as necessary.
- Engine should start easily, run smoothly, be free from fuel leaks, and provide sufficient power to the electrical generator.
- Ensure all engine operational controls are functioning properly; stop switch, throttle and choke.
- Test for engine performance and electrical output (see owner’s manual for specific performance data).
- Should any function fail a test, refer to the manufacturer’s repair manual and troubleshooting guide to correct the problem.
- Remove all gasoline from fuel tank and run engine until carburetor is completely empty of fuel.
- Ensure grounding rod is attached to frame.
- Use a nylon “zip-tie” to tie off (seal) starter rope to the frame.
- Attach a certification tag that indicates date last tested (DLT), property #, and name of inspector certifying the performance.
- Ensure that all identification (property #, serial #, owner ID) is affixed and legible.
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