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kohler k321 generator

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2old

11-28-2017 10:34:55




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i have a kohler generator that came out of a motor home. and it had no spark so i changed the coil condenser and points. the coil is under the flywheel and i put a new coil wire on it but still have no spark.the flywheel key is good. any ideas ? the model# is k321ep and the spec # is 60264d.




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John B.

12-10-2017 16:36:44




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to 2old, 11-28-2017 10:34:55  
Do you have continuity thru the points when they are closed?? IF not that is your problem or can be one of many. Make sure then too when the points open you have no continuity.



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John B.

12-10-2017 16:35:45




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to 2old, 11-28-2017 10:34:55  
Do you have continuity thru the points when they are closed?? IF not that is your problem or can be one of many.



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2old

11-29-2017 01:30:34




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to 2old, 11-28-2017 10:34:55  
everything on it is new the points cond coil spark plug wire and the spark plug. even with out hooking up the kill switch there still is no spark. it has me stumped



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Bob

11-28-2017 11:14:53




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to 2old, 11-28-2017 10:34:55  
Do you have an external "kill" wire connected to the junction of the points, condenser, and coil that could be shorting it to ground? also, is the wire from the coil to the points in good condition/not damaged or pinched, causing a short? Is anything in the point and point cover area damaged or incorrectly installed causing a short?

Are the points correctly gapped and have you cleaned them with electrical contact cleaner to ensure that they don't have an oily or oxide coating preventing them from making contact? (Points should be set with a timing light when it's running, as point gap determines spark timing.)

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2old

11-28-2017 11:38:59




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to Bob, 11-28-2017 11:14:53  
the coil is new and the points are set at 019. what gets me is the wire from the coil to the points and condenser shows up as a ground even with out the wire being hooked up to them. just coming from the coil. i can put a 12v test light from the pos side of the batt and touch the coil wire and the test light goes on



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Bob

11-28-2017 19:52:39




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to 2old, 11-28-2017 11:38:59  
"i can put a 12v test light from the pos side of the batt and touch the coil wire and the test light goes on "

Since this is a self-powered "magneto" ignition system, it's best to keep all battery power/connection to the battery away from it!

But the test light shouldn't have hurt anything, and what you are seeing is NORMAL, because one side of the coil primary winding is grounded, and the primary winding is a fairly heavy wire, making the primary "look" like a short to the test light, even if it isn't.

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Don B.

12-01-2017 15:27:11




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to Bob, 11-28-2017 19:52:39  
yup, had that happen on an old Wheel Horse, with a Tecumseh that had a magneto ignition.... released the smoke from beneath the flywheel, when I went to remove the flywheel, it was an ugly sight



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steve_in_mo

11-28-2017 16:13:51




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 Re: kohler k321 generator in reply to 2old, 11-28-2017 11:38:59  
It runs next to the cylinder and the heat burns off/melts the insulation. Replace it.



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