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Troy Bilt 5550 Generator 01919 not starting

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12-10-09, 06:34 PM   #1  
Troy Bilt 5550 Generator 01919 not starting

I've got a Troy-Bilt generator model 01919 with a Briggs and Stratton engine model 204412. It was given to me a couple of years ago and has worked well and even provided my family power for 11 days this past winter during an ice storm. A couple weeks ago I decided to fire it up to make sure everything was working. I now can't get it to start. I can pull the starter rope until my arm falls off and it won't even act like it is trying to start. However, if I spray some starter fluid in the carb it runs briefly. I checked and replaced the plug...still nothing.

I thought that it might be the oil sensor so I bought a new one and replaced it...no change.

One thing I have noticed is that the on/off switch if I unplug the ground with it in the "On" position and spray starter fluid..it runs briefly. If I leave all three wires plugged in and in the "On" position and spray starter fluid it doesn't even try to run. Of course, I have plugged and unplugged the wires so much I think I have confused myself where they actually go...I assume from left to right..red, black, white. Hope that is right.

I'm now thinking if it isn't somehow related to the "On/Off" switch then I have some gummed up carbs that isn't allowing any gas through....would this be a wrong assumption?

Sorry for rambling...that's kinda how my diagnostic skills go also.

Any help would be appreciated.

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12-10-09, 08:55 PM   #2  
I think your right with the idea of the gummed up carb.. Running it on starter fluid tells us you have spark & compression,, the only thing missing is fuel... It may be time to pull the carb apart & kit it,, but before you do,, make sure you have fuel flowing to the carb & the fuel isn't shut off,, ask me how I learned about the little fuel tap when your trying to start the snowblower in a snowstorm....LOL,,, Can't help with the switch tho,, sorry, but the Pros will be here soon... Can you figgure it out with an ohmmeter??? Roger

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