Honda ES6500C generator problems

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Old 10-21-08, 07:27 PM
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Honda ES6500C generator problems

There is something intermittent with this unit that is driving me nuts. Usually I have to let it run about 3-5 minutes before the pilot light lights and it will then generate. Will run flawlessly after this initial warmup even if shut down and restarted. I have had it produce power instantly just a few times but usually it takes 3-5 mins. Today I let it run for about 15 mins and no power. It is a Honda ES6500C S/N EA1-1001182. If someone could give me some test procedures or tell me what is wrong I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much.
 
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Old 10-23-08, 11:26 AM
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Anyone have any test info on this unit? Thanks.
 
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Old 10-23-08, 06:11 PM
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check to see if your unit has brushes, if so check for sticking brushes, they may be sticking in the holders and making intermittent connection.

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Old 10-23-08, 07:47 PM
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That was the first thing I did and they were fine. Must be a control unit?
 
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Old 10-23-08, 08:09 PM
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I don't have any literature on that unit. I imagine it could be a capacitor, bad connection, rpm problem, etc... Could be a lot of things but no real way to know without checking/testing it.
 
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Would you have any literature on a later unit? They seem basically all the same.
 
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Old 10-24-08, 12:55 PM
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Here is a manual pulled from Honda's website. Use ES6500 (no C at end) to view 4 documents available there.
http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/p...s/31ZA0724.pdf
 
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If the auto throttle is on, it will take longer to warm up than if it is off - per the manual. Could this be the problem?
 
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Old 10-24-08, 03:57 PM
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Thanks cheese. That's an owners manual which I already downloaded but tells you nothing about diagnostics etc. I guess I need the service/shop manual.

Goldstar it makes no difference where the switch is. It doesn't produce power for 5 -15 minutes. Yesterday I played with it and it took 3 mins to light the pilot light and worked fine. Seems the longer it sits unused the longer it takes to produce power.
 
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Old 10-25-08, 01:06 AM
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That was the only manual I could find, but it has a wiring diagram that you may be able to follow to find the problem.
 
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Honda ES 6500 Generator

I have the same ES 6500 Generaotr. ANd I have just started it for this season and the pilot light will not come on. IOt has always starte and the pilot light was on instantly, I took your advice and took off the cover and check but was not able to see any brushes. I did see the half moon regulator. ANd I did check continuity from the connections there all the way to the main board all of them chek out...any more suggestions...Thanks Dave
 
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Old 11-09-08, 08:19 AM
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I have the same ES 6500 Generaotr. ANd I have just started it for this season and the pilot light will not come on. IOt has always starte and the pilot light was on instantly, I took your advice and took off the cover and check but was not able to see any brushes. I did see the half moon regulator. ANd I did check continuity from the connections there all the way to the main board all of them chek out...any more suggestions...Thanks Dave
I take it there is no power output as well as no pilot light? There are brushes in your unit. I suggest you first clean the brushes and the slip rings. If that does not correct it you will need to troubleshoot.

Send me a PM with an email address and the serial number of your unit. I will send you the troubleshooting procedure.
 
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Old 11-27-08, 07:41 PM
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I have the same ES 6500 Generaotr. ANd I have just started it for this season and the pilot light will not come on. IOt has always starte and the pilot light was on instantly, I took your advice and took off the cover and check but was not able to see any brushes. I did see the half moon regulator. ANd I did check continuity from the connections there all the way to the main board all of them chek out...any more suggestions...Thanks Dave

Any luck fixing your generator?
 
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