I have a coleman powermate 6250 generator and i am not getting any sparks to the spark plug can someone help me out with this problem
The easiest way to do an ignition check is to MAKE SURE the right amount of oil is in the engine, make sure there's FRESH fuel in the tank, and then where the on/off (I/O) switch is for the engine, not for the generator half but for the engine itself, there should be atleast one if not a cluster of wires with disconnectable links on them. Disconnect them, those are all of your ignition wires from various areas of the engine and generator that will kill the ignition if something isn't right. If you disconnect the main one from the on off switch, there should now be a spark but be careful because with all of that disconnected, you won't be able to shut the machine down easily, you'll have to remember which wire goes where that you disconnected (good idea to photograph them before you disconnect more than one wire) and either reconnect them, choke out the engine which may not kill it either, or disconnect the coil to spark plug lead from the spark plug. An easy way to check for spark without disassembling anything first, is to get a long Philips screw driver with a plastic or wood handle, and stick it in the coil lead where it would go on the spark plug. Hold the handle and bring the shaft about 1/8" or less without touching it to the tip of the spark plug that's metal and exposed. Have someone pull over the recoil once and check for an arc going from the screwdriver shaft to the plug. Make sure the I/O switch is on and being in a dimly lit area helps to see the spark as well. Don't worry about getting zapped, it won't kill you an it doesn't hurt, just feels like a violent vibration isolated to the area you are touching and instinctively your body will release from it and you should pull your hand back. But, if you follow my instructions and use the correct handle material screwdriver and don't touch any metal, you won't be shocked, promise. Chances are, you DO have a spark and there is nothing wrong with either the coil or the plug as it rarely ever is in no-start situations. More than likely your fuel has gone bad and is not making it to the engine. You can even avoid all else I said, and simply pick up a can of carburetor cleaner NEVER STARTING FLUID, and once you have the air filter completely removed and can see the throttle plate, hold it open, spray a quick shot of the carb cleaner into the engine, and give it a yank. I almost guarantee it will try to fire on the carb cleaner and once it runs out, will die again. That means you aren't getting fuel and need a new carb. Yes, a new carb, because taking it to a place to have them remove it, rebuild it, and reinstall it while trying to sell you other services will be infinitely more expensive than a simple $50 carburetor.
on Feb 19, 2016