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General in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana

diesel generator problems

We have a 6500kw yamaha diesel generator on our houseboat and lately it has been bogging down, for lack of a better term, intermittently for the past couple of weeks. I'm pretty sure its not because of a large draw off of it as it happens when we are just running lights, tv, and a ceiling fan. It will make the lights very dim for about 3 to 15 seconds and then they will come back up to their normal brightness. And this will happen every 5 or 10 minutes or so. It was suggested that it could be the brushes or bad diesel but i don't know much about these things. It has gotten somewhat better lately as we have been running it fairly regularly for the last couple of weeks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
October 19, 2011 at 4:14pm
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Posted October 19, 2011 at 4:29pm

i meant 6500w not kw

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted October 20, 2011 at 9:30am
bogging down?

do you mean the diesel motor is not running rite, bogging down or the generator part, that makes the electricity, is bogging down, not putting out enuf voltage??? how long did it sit up without being run? does it stay out of the moisture?

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unclejhimProfile Photo
Posted October 20, 2011 at 10:07am
diesel problem

Check your fuel filter, sounds like you could well have water in your fuel. Sometimes you can bleed the filter and check for water. Just a thought.

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Role Dat ActionProfile Photo
Posted October 20, 2011 at 10:08am
Running bad

Have you noticed a change in the RPMs or sound of the engin when this happens, if so it could be fuel supply, if not there is a rheostat or voltage regulator on that machine that might be going bad.

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wsenetteProfile Photo
Posted October 20, 2011 at 11:30am
diesel problem

the generator itself doesn't really change tone that much, if at all. its just like the voltage drops off then picks back up. someone at the camp said it could be the brushes but like i said it got us all scratching our heads. i can say that the starter has been replaced within the last year.

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Iron MaceProfile Photo
Posted October 20, 2011 at 12:38pm
Fuel Filter

I had the same issue with my diesel generator and it turned out to be a fuel problem. Changed the fuel filter and everything is fine now.

Hope this helps

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Role Dat ActionProfile Photo
Posted October 20, 2011 at 2:17pm
Not brushes

The brushes or their only to provide excitation to the rotor, they play no role in generation; voltage generation is controlled by two things RPM speed and a voltage regulator.
You could put a strope light on the shaft to see if RPMs drop off during this dimming of lights,if you are not noticing an audible change in the machine.

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fishhfilesProfile Photo
Posted October 21, 2011 at 3:18am
in line screen

I would guess you changed the fuel filters , something to look at is if your Yanmar has banjo type fitting on the fuel lines , and it most probally does then you most probally have a screen filter inside the fitting , if you have a mechanical fuel lift pump it would be on the hose or tube coming into the pump to protect the pump from trash , a banjo fitting is a hex headed bolt with a passage drilled thru it , the bolt goes into a round fitting that has a tube or nipple coming off of it , you take out the bolt without losing the sealing washers on top and bottom of the round fitting , the bolt is threaded inside and a plastic strainer screen screws down into it , a flat screw driver will screw it out , if you have an electric fuel lift pump it would be before the pump

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AllisonXR-01Profile Photo
Posted October 26, 2011 at 7:57am

Did you try Shaking the thing or at least a good kick or two ? ? I found cussin' at em' does wonders too.... LOl !

Good luck. Good info above.R

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