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Troubleshooting a Troybilt 5500 Watt Generator

Vanessa Ryan

The Troybilt 5,500-watt generator features a 5-gallon fuel tank, 10-inch wheels that never go flat, a reversible handle and has a 10-hour run time. If you experience minor performance issues with your generator, you can troubleshoot them yourself before taking it to a dealer. Troybilt was founded in 1937 and is a manufacturer of a line of power products including mowers, tillers, chainsaws, trimmers, power washers and generators.

  1. Set the power switch to "On" and the fuel valve to "Open" and place the generator on level ground if won't start or runs rough.

  2. Drain the tank and fill it with fresh fuel. Connect the wire to the spark plug if has become detached and the engine isn't running well or won't start at all. Replace the spark plug if the electrode is burned or the porcelain is cracked.

  3. Loosen the screws on the air cleaner cover, and then remove the cover and the cartridge from the base and install a new air cleaner if the engine refuses to start or runs poorly. Wait five minutes and start the generator again if you feel it may be flooded.

  4. Add new fuel and change the oil if the generator shuts down while it's running.