Troubleshooting Champion Generators

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Troubleshooting Champion Generators
Review the load you are drawing and adjust it if the generator doesn't supply enough power. (power tool woman image by Jarek Miarka from

Champion generators are sold at hardware retailers such as Home Depot and Harbor Freight. Problems with the generators can include the generator not starting or shutting down during operation, supplying insufficient power or supplying no power. These issues can be troubleshot following some simple guidelines. Troubleshooting a Champion generator can save the cost of a service return.

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Things you need

  • Fuel
  • Oil
  • Replacement cables

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  1. 1

    Add fuel to the fuel container if the Champion generator won't start. Try removing the load before starting the generator. Allow the generator to start and then plug-in the tools or electrical machinery you want the generator to power.

  2. 2

    Fill the crankcase to a full oil level and make sure the generator is on a flat surface if you continue to have problems starting it. Adjust the choke. The choke may be in the wrong position. You shouldn't need the choke when starting from warm or hot. Make sure the spark plug wire isn't loose too. Firmly press it into place on the engine.

  3. 3

    Review the load you are drawing and adjust it if the generator doesn't supply enough power. The load cannot exceed the output of the generator.

  4. 4

    Move the generator out into the open and check for air restriction if the generator appears to be overheating.

  5. 5

    Replace any damaged or frayed cables if the circuit breaker on the Champion generator keeps tripping, or no power gets supplied. Check all the connections are tight, tighten any wiring, reset the circuit breaker and try again.

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