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Old 02-16-2014, 07:41 AM   #21
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If it's under warranty I'd be looking at complete replacement. If it ran on overspeed for even a few moments the life of the engine was probably halved. As it's a home owner who left it on for probably 20 minutes before shutting it off I'm sure it's nearly completely destroyed.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:44 AM   #22
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If it's under warranty I'd be looking at complete replacement. If it ran on overspeed for even a few moments the life of the engine was probably halved. As it's a home owner who left it on for probably 20 minutes before shutting it off I'm sure it's nearly completely destroyed.
That aint gonna happen. Had a brand new kohler 17RES that we had just installed, throw a rod right through the side of the crankcase upon factory-authorized startup (glad it was the factory guy and not me). He is my supplier and it took a week of him haggling over a full replacement. Kohler wanted to send him a new engine for him to replace in the field.

Also, my guess is that the reason why the customer in the OP case knew to use the term "overspeed" is because the generator controller went into lockout immediately upon overspeed to protect the load from over-voltage damage. Depending on the generator, he/she noted the fault light or display error code. An overspeed lockout will happen long before the engine could damage itself. Even an unattended WOT event should not damage the engine anyway.
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