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Wisconsin AKN Starting Problem


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Old 06-04-2018, 09:55:41 PM
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Default Re: Wisconsin AKN Starting Problem

Which carburetor do you have? Is fuel actually getting to the carburetor? You can crack open the line at the carb to check.
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Default Re: Wisconsin AKN Starting Problem

Hold the spark plug wire about 1/8" away from one of the fins on the head and see if it sparks when the mag snaps. You may have to put the plug wire on a spark plug and hold the main part of the plug against one of the fins to see if you have fire.
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Default Re: Wisconsin AKN Starting Problem

My AKND (same as AKN but heavy duty) has a Marvel-Schebler carburetor on it and according to the manual the high speed needle valve should be set between 3/4 and 1-1/4 turns out. If you have it too rich or lean it may not be starting well.
After I have mine running I put the generator under full load and adjust until it runs smooth, but about a turn out is a good starting point after a carb rebuild.

Is your choke working properly? Mine has a loose choke shaft so the choke spring detent thing sometimes causes the choke to open the moment I pull the start cord. It basically won't start for me without the choke when it's cold, it's kinda awkward, but I'm able to hold the choke closed while I pull the cord.

I use the generator all the time, it's a fantastic machine and I never have issues with it. My general starting procedure is open the fuel valve, close the choke, turn the engine over by hand 4 or 5 times to prime it, then give it a rip. Almost always starts up on the first try, always on the second. Except the one time it was sitting all night at -25F, it took 3 or 4 pulls...

Also try to avoid using starting fluid, you probably won't hurt a low compression flathead with the stuff, but it's really bad for any engine.
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