Section IV. OPERATION OF EQUIPMENT
(5) When the engine fires, push choke button
half way in and continue cranking until
a. Instructions in this section are published for
The engine should
information and guidance of personnel responsible for
normally start within one to five cranking
operation of the generator set.
b. The operator must know how to perform every
operation of which the generator set is capable. This
If the carburetor and fuel line do not
section gives instructions on starting and stopping the
contain any fuel, which may be the
generator set, basic motions of the generator set, and
case if the engine ran completely out
on coordinating basic motions to perform specific tasks
of fuel or the system was drained for
for which the equipment is designed. Since nearly
maintenance purposes, it may take
every job presents a different problem, the operator may
more than five cranking attempts in
have to vary given procedures to fit the individual job.
order to start. This is especially true
when the fuel is to be drawn from the
a. Preparation for Starting.
(1) Perform necessary daily preventive
(6) If the engine does not start after a
reasonable number of attempts have
(2) Set fuel tank selector valve handle to the
been made as described above, pull the
left and fill fuel tank (para. 25) or connect
choke button back out and try again.
external fuel tank to fuel tank selector
(7) As the engine warms up, push choke
valve and set valve handle to the right.
button slowly inward. Always operate the
warm engine with the choke all the way in.
If external fuel tank is used, keep the
tank on the same level as the
generator (3) Insure no load is
connected to generator prior to
starting. Load may be applied after
2-13. Operation under usual Conditions
b. Insert the power plug of the associated
equipment into output connector (fig. 2-1) to apply the
(1) If engine is cold, loosen fuel tank cap.
This will relieve a vacuum which may
control the engine speed by varying the throttle lever.
have formed in a cold fuel tank.
No manual control is required.
Retighten cap prior to starting engine to
prevent spillage of fuel.
2-14. Operation in Moderate Cold
(3) If engine is cold, pull choke button (fig. 2-
1) outward. If engine is warm, little or no
choking should be required.
a. Keep fuel tank full at all times to prevent
(4) Pull the starter handle upward with quick
closed except immediately before starting when it is
short pulls. Do not pull the starter cord
loosened to break a possible vacuum.
out to the end or allow it to snap back by
itself. Hold the cord so it will rewind
properly on the pulley.