another hint. The OP mentioned starting or switching to non eco mode after startup. In cold weather if I start mine with eco mode off or switch to "non eco" mode just after startup, it will usually quite in 10-15 seconds with a "low oil level" indication. Not sure why, because oil isn't low, but I suspect in cold weather and thick oil, something trigger the low oil sensor. Once warmed up for a minute or so it's fine. I have two honda 2000's they both will do this, even with the factory oil fill.
Starting in eco mode everything is fine. So next time it starts and then stall, look and see if the low oil light indicator comes on.
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I always use Sta-Bil in any of our gas cans. It does make a differanc eif your gas is going to sit around for a while. I would run some "Sea Foam" through your Honda. Sea Foam is some prety great stuff, kind of like a Mech in a Can. Our Twin Honda's are now 8 years old, and still starti g like when nnew, and the run perfectly. Once a year I run Sea Foam through our Honda's. It sure can't hurt anything, and more than likely will helpful. I have never run our twin Honda's dry for storage, and have never had a problem startig them with Sta-Bil in the gas. I do exercize them from time to time to keep them running good and for "Winter Emergency Use" also. I also pour a full bottle of Sta-Bil, that is good for up to 100 Gallons of Gas, into our Motorhoes 75 Gallon Gas Tank for the winter months, as we use our Motorhome On/Off all year long. The Motorhome also starts right up also. And the Motorhome's Generator also runs perfectly all of the time. Take Good Care of your Generator, and your Generator will take Good care of You. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill
Ethanol in our gas is the # one cause for small engine failures. If you use this type of fuel, you have to use a fuel stabilizer any time you add fuel to the tank. Sea Foam is touted to be the best in preventing these problems.
Regular unleaded gas, Ethanol free, is available in most states, but you have to look for it. There is a web site that locates dealers who have it.
I went out and started mine. Mind you it had just been run last week. And it definitely was running on winter gas this time. It took 3 pulls, and needed the choke set almost full for the first 5-10 seconds. This was at 35º F. So don't be afraid of using the choke. If it will only run on the choke after it's warmed up, that's a different story, that's a dirty carb for sure.
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WE usually add seafoam to all gas that will be run through the genny. The genny ran great up until our last new years when we had blizzard like conditions and the genny was outside. It would start to cut out and oscillate. We could not run it with a full load. We used it on a couple other trips after that and it ran well until the end of February when it just quit and would not start.
this year, it runs well once it is warmed up.
The guy I own the house with works as a mechanic in the winter for a large electrical company. They have numerous Honda generators. When he asked his shop foreman what he thought the problem may be, his foreman told him that in cold weather, they will sometimes have to disconnect the low oil light. He said they run into similar problems and determined that it had something to the low oil shutoff. Of course you then have to be sure of your oil level. Not sure I want to disconnect the wire. We do run mobil 1 synthetic. I would have thought this would keep the oil thinner for cold starts.
Last weekend we took it ice fishing again and had a heck of a time getting it to start when cold. It would start, run for 5-10 seconds and then quit. After 10-15 cycles of this, it would finally start to run on it's own. I am worried that if I bring it back in for service, they will try to tell me it is ice in the gas again.
Please describe when and how far (during the 5-10 seconds of running) you opened the choke lever, and how it responded. It might be as simple as "choke management". I started mine in the mid-30s the other day, and I had to leave the choke almost fully on for it to run for the first 30 seconds or maybe more. Otherwise it wanted to do what you said. They are jetted lean, according to popular wisdom. Cold weather aggravates that, a lot.
When you run it for 10-15 cycles of 5-10 seconds, eventually you are building enough heat in there for the jetting to be adequately rich.
ALSO, do you have the Eco mode OFF for starting? You should.
During November deer hunting trips, I deal with 3 of these generators. In cold weather you have to have the echo throttle off for about the first minute, have no load when starting, and leave the choke on halfway for the first 45 seconds to a minute.
And yes, by all means run some Seafoam through it just to make sure.
I just got two used eu2000i's, one works good and the other has choke issues that I'm going to start with seafoam and go from there. The thing I learned from cleaning them up is that neither had every had the gas drained from the carburetor. There is a little screw and a tube on the bottom of the carburetor that you open when you put the generator away to drain the gas from the carburetor. If you didn't drain the gas between years of ice fishing then that might be the issue.
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