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so Ive been having problems with my generator not starting. - Onan microlite/microquiet 4000, KY spec B, on my 95 Southwind Storm - when engaging the starter there is a horrendous grinding/clanking noise coming somewhere back near the flywheel / starter. i can turn the flywheel by hand (clockwise) somewhat but doesn't sound as it should. so knowing i just need to take the big bastard out so i can look inside and determine what exactly the malfunction is - except  despite the many videos / forum posts detailing genset removals / starter replacements i cannot find any matching my specific setup so i am reaching out hopefully someone can clarify a few things I'm not 100% certain on...

i attached some pictures , but i recall seeing somewhere someone saying the easiest way to disconnect the ground wire / positive cable box setup before being able to pull out the unit. i understand the exhaust must be removed, along with the fuel lines, and 4 bolts underneath holding it onto the frame - which frees it up to be slid out the front, which i have rigged a shopping cart with the basket removed and some pieces of wood that rolls under the genny and can be used to set the unit on once removed.
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General Discussion / Re: no dc power to anything
« Last post by Gizmo100 on Today at 02:33:42 PM »
Not my area of expertise.......
Double check your ground to the engine and frame. Both are needed for things to work.

A old simple test my Dad taught me;
Using the jumper cables black side only - Connect one end to the ground side of the battery - Touch the other end to the engine block...You Should NOT get a spark. Then touch the frame -  Once again NO spark. If you see a spark then you have a ground problem.

I learned this like 30 years ago.. So I'm not sure how well it applies today.

But it's a starting point
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General Discussion / Re: no dc power to anything
« Last post by SeilerBird on Today at 02:26:39 PM »
Sounds like a dead battery to me. Pull the battery and go have it checked at Walmart or an auto parts store.
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General Discussion / Re: Dodge Champion wont stay running
« Last post by nibroc on Today at 02:19:43 PM »
ign switch hooked up wrong----hot wire from ign switch to coil-----hot wire from coil to distributer
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: British Columbia
« Last post by Ken & Sheila on Today at 02:15:35 PM »
Not sure what ferry. Any suggestions??? We're still in the planning stage! All help sure is appreciated!!


Depends on your route on Vancouver Island.
Our first trip we started in Vancouver (City) and took the Horseshoe bay to Nanaimo . On the Island we started in Campbell River staying at Thunderbird RV park - really liked this par, site with a view of the waterway to see the ships. From there we stop at Parksville and then Victoria - staying at Fort Victory RV Park. We had mixed feeling about this park. From Victory we wanted to go to Anacortes so we took the ferry from Sidney.


Second trip we started in Victoria and took the Anacortes ferry to Sidney and stayed at Oceanside RV Park in Saanichton. We found the drive to Victoria was longer that from Fort Victory, but actually less traffic. Since our next stop was Port Anegels we took the ferry from downtown Victoria. Our ferry was to leave early Saturday morning so we drove to the ferry yard Friday night (after the last ferry Friday). To get there you have to drive through downtown Victoria. It was a not an easy drive, mostly because it was a holiday weekend and the was a lot of traffic and tons of pedestrians. Including one who was so intent on getting a selfie with the capital in the background that she stepped off the curb right in from of me - stupid.


The is an RV park in very near downtown, Salish RV Park. We have no stayed there (yet!)
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General Discussion / no dc power to anything
« Last post by phoebesturn61 on Today at 02:11:37 PM »
Question: I have a 1991 "Cobra by Malibu" (RV) with a GM 454 motor. The last owner dida lot of electrical work on the 12 volt system and what ever he rewired he completely rewired leaving all the old wiring in place but cut on both ends. He did not follow color code actually running red wire to black etc etc. A total nightmare. Several months went under the dash removing "extra" wire and came out with a bagfull again a month age same thing. Every thing worked (well at least the starting system, lights, signals etc) well yesterday i got the click click click of the solenoid, so replaced the starter. Afterward, with a jump it started finea couple times. Next day battery was at 4.5 volts. I put it on charge and killed some time under the dash. When i attempted to start the motor..... Nothing. No starter, no lights, no click, nothing. The battery is at 12.4. I'm parked at a 711 parking lot and I'm 36 feet long in a RV unfriendly (capital U) area. And at a total loss. I have no idea what I could have done under dash to cause this or even if I did it or it is something else.
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Towing and towables / Re: Towing with a F250 6.2
« Last post by pip on Today at 02:08:07 PM »
I don't doubt those numbers at all.  I've been looking at 18 and 19 F-250s with the 6.2 and 4x4 XLT's have a payload around 3000 pounds give or take depending on how they're equipped. 
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The Shade Tree / Re: Tattoos
« Last post by Charlie 5320 on Today at 02:01:36 PM »
Well I have 2, put on myself when I was 15 years old. Since I'm right handed they are on my left arm, A heart with a ribbon around it, no name, forearm,  and the word LOVE on the upper arm. My mom told me to get in the bathroom and get that crap off my arm. She had a fit when I told her they weren't ever coming off. I used a pencil with a pin thru the eraser with some thread wrapped around it. Dipped it into a bottle of indian ink and began. Neither one has changed much over the years,hasn't faded much either. Must have been some pretty good ink.
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The Shade Tree / Re: I met someone
« Last post by kdbgoat on Today at 01:54:13 PM »
Happy Birthday Bill!!! Hopefully you had a very enjoyable one.

being Normal is highly over rated

While standing my first solo topside watch on a submarine, I had to patrol the topside once an hour. When the walk-around was done, we had to log that fact on the topside watch log. I was taught to write "Topside rounds complete, conditions normal" When the Duty Officer came topside during his rounds, I asked him to explain that to me. I said suppose we we're doing a fuel onload, the hose sprung a leak and caught fire. I know that would be put down in the log. After my next round, the fire was still going, the crew was fighting the fire, along with the guys from the tender. Would I still write "conditions normal"? I my view I would. The conditions would be normal for the fire that I logged in the book earlier. He didn't see the humor in it.
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General Discussion / Re: Dodge Champion wont stay running
« Last post by Jim Godward on Today at 01:26:56 PM »
My memory is not what it used to be but If I recall correctly, there is a relay or??? that works when the engine starts and allows voltage to continue to the engine after it starts.  The start position on the switch provides the voltage to start and then this other path takes over.  Check the voltage to the coil during start and then when the start switch is changed to the run position.  I think should get you on the right path to find the problem.
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