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#1 Allen I.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 06:39 AM

Last night my I heard a grinding while at idle. Fortunately I was almost home. When I got there, I left the engine running and opened the hood to find little flakes of metal flying out of the generator.

From what I can tell, something is grinding away on the generator. I was losing light and the lawn needed to be cut so no real investigation was possible.

I'm guessing it is a bearing failure issue and something is getting torn up. Anyone have this happen before?

Stock B-2-C 116, 218 if it matters.

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#2 Reg Evans

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:00 AM

Yup ! Just had to change one yesterday. The bushings were squealing no matter how much oil I put in the little oil caps. No flying metal though. Time for a rebuild.
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Posted 14 June 2007 - 12:42 PM

it wasn't the brushes on the commutator, was it? i was under the illusion the bearings were bronze bushes but hey i been wrong before.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:09 PM

Bearing(s) are probably shot causing the armature to grind against the field coils.:eek:

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:36 PM

It must be the season, Mine is squealing like a pig. I know we have talked about it before, But I think I am ready for the switch to a 6 volt alternator. comments? Dutch :rolleyes:
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Posted 14 June 2007 - 09:22 PM

I did a 6V alternator from Fifth Avenue and I'm pleased as punch. Of course, I don't run a radio, air, or any other power stuff. I did put in an inverter so I can charge my cell phone. An alternator is the only way to go, whether its 6 or 12. They charge at idle and on both cycles. The down side to 6v is that it's expensive. But, you don't have to mess with any bulbs or resistors or anything else. If you plan to run air and a killer stereo, I'd go 12 volt

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:12 PM

Yup ! Just had to change one yesterday. The bushings were squealing no matter how much oil I put in the little oil caps. No flying metal though. Time for a rebuild.


Reg, would you have photo or discription of what the oil caps look like? I know they need light engine oil but the diagram in the owners manual is too small to identify them, and I don't know what an "oil cap" looks like. I looked for some sort of plug, quickly, and was going to have a proper search next week end, but the topic has come up sooner.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 06:04 PM

Sure Ian,
The first photo is of the rear oil cap. You just lift up the little spring loaded lid and drop in a few drops of oil. The second photo is the one at the front of the generator.


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Posted 17 June 2007 - 12:03 AM

Thanks, Reg, they are quite small, will oil my generator next weekend when I reinstall the radator, (radiator repairs are not cheep).
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Posted 21 June 2007 - 08:00 AM

I did a 6V alternator from Fifth Avenue and I'm pleased as punch.


I've thought about this for a while. What all went into the bracketry? Got a pic or two?




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