Model #580326310 CRAFTSMAN Generator

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Q:

I have a craftsman Generator 580326310. In the last storm we had it was back fed power and now does not produce power. What parts do I replace?

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Generators can certainly help during storms and outages. I see there are other posts for this model generator. I attached two with similar issues. I hope this information helps while you wait for the expert response.

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Barbara H. -
January 20, 2012
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I will assume that you've checked the breakers on the machine already.

This will very likely be a situation where the stator is fried.

Do this though, just to make sure we're not overlooking something simple. Get a corded drill and plug it into the outlet on the generator. Have the drill set to where it will turn to the right. Start the generator and then spin the chuck backwards while you hold the trigger (as if drilling).

What this does is generated a very slight electrical charge that sets up magnetism and feeds it back to the rotor, via the stator. If the stator lost its magnetism because of the backfeed this may be all we need to do to rectify the situation. If it's going to work it should happen within about a minute. You'll know if it works or not because the drill will suddenly take off in the direction the drill is set to turn.

If this does not happen then you will likely be looking at a new stator.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
January 21, 2012
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OK- the drill trick worked like a charm. I'm not sure why it worked, but I'm glad it did. Thank you! That little trick needs to be common knowledge. I spent hours with my meter going thru everything on the Gen Head. Everything seemed correct because it was. I would have never thought to try the drill. Took me longer to find my drill than it did to get the generator working again. Shannon

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shannon -
January 22, 2012
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Can my Generator Battery be dead?

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Joseph P. -
November 12, 2011
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Yes, the battery can be replaced on your generator. I believe we discussed this issue on another thread.

If you have any further problems with the generator you can reply back to either thread you choose.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
November 15, 2011
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Q:

Why does my Sears electric start gas generator not start with the electric starter?

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I see your back up generator needs back up of its own. The expert will review and respond. If you did not have access to a owner's manual I was able to locate the online copy and attach below. It may offer some troubleshooting help while you wait.

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Barbara H. -
July 02, 2011
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This will almost certainly be the solenoid. You can try this: Take a hammer (wooden handle preferred) and smack the solenoid with the handle as you try to start the engine. Hold the key (or pushbutton) so the solenoid will click (as it's doing) and just hold it. Then use the wooden handle to smack the solenoid on top of the large terminals (where the starter cable connects). If there is some dirt or build-up on the contacts inside the solenoid this will sometimes knock that stuff free. If it does not work, then I would replace the solenoid.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
July 05, 2011
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my battery charger says the battery is bad. Is this possible and if so how do I get it out ???

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dennis -
November 12, 2011
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It is possible for the battery to go bad. It looks like the battery just lays on its side in the battery tray. Remove the black cable, then the red cable, then you should be able to just pull the battery out. If it's never been out it may be kind of stuck in place and you'll need to try to wiggle it around a little bit to break it free (dirt,grime, moisture).

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
November 15, 2011
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Wade I got it out but you have to take the gas tank off and loosen the battery bracket that thing is in there tight.

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dennis -
November 15, 2011
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@Dennis, I certainly didn't see that coming. The way they show it, it looks like it will just slide right out. I'm glad you posted back to let me know. I've seen an awful lot of generators but not one with this type of battery set up in it. So I had to go only on drawings for it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
November 15, 2011
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Yes I never seen this before either I'm no expert but once I started tinkering with it I felt a few screws in the back the gas tank is 4 screws and than 4 screws for the battery cage... and right out it came I ordered a new one and installation seems easy I'll keep you posted...

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dennis -
November 15, 2011
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Thanks again Dennis. The next time it comes up I'll be able to provide some better information on it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
November 15, 2011
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