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Low oil warning /cut-out on portable gasoline generator

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by André Haasbroek, Oct 1, 2016.

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  1. André Haasbroek

    André Haasbroek

    Oct 1, 2016
    Ive read a post about a generator starting and cutting out after a while of running
    It refers to a signal conditioner box on the side of the engine, I understand ftom that that the sensing is probably too sensitive in this that the low oil signal is received when oil is splashed onto the interieur if the crank case hence lewering the oil level enough for the signal conditioner box to receive a low oil warning and latch hence cutting out the ignition system
    My question would be how to overcome thus problem without losing the low oil protection system
    Is it as simple ad "overfilling" the crankcase and make up for the oil level dropping to below the low oil warning level after starting?
    I know to dusconnect the sensor solve the problem but I guess that will come back to bore when the oil level drop too low and there is not low oil cut out feature?
  2. KTW


    Feb 22, 2015
    If you over fill the crankcase the oil will blow out.
    I had what I thought was a defective sensor on a Kohler, replaced it and the new sensor failed so I disconnected it and now just check the oil level myself.
    I've never had to add oil.
  3. André Haasbroek

    André Haasbroek

    Oct 1, 2016
    Thanks yes thàts what I was thinking too, but would like to have the feature in the event of too low oil snd losing the engine
    This is the second of these generators that Ive had, when I had this problem i checked the previous one which I still have
    Its sensor is dusconnected and wires neatly tucked away...its been running like this for almost ten years and I never had to top up oil in ten years! i it bugs me to see thìs seemingly bypassed feature...probably done by the manufacturer
  4. bushtech


    Sep 13, 2016
    Hi Andre

    Welcome to EP from another South African
  5. KTW


    Feb 22, 2015
    It seems to be a common problem.
    Some switches are float type and others are pressure sensitive.
    I trust the dip stick.
  6. Kiwi


    Jan 28, 2013
    "... its been running like this for almost ten years and I never had to top up oil in ten years!"
    I hope that means that you haven't had to do top ups between the regular oil changes?
    tmm657 likes this.
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