Random generator start up

Discussion in 'Electrical Stuff' started by Coz, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Coz

    Coz Member

    80
    Oct 9, 2018
    2008 Sundancer 310
    Merc Mag 350 DTS w/Bravo III
    Had my boat in the barn on the trailer installing a new tv and out of nowhere the generator fired up. It ran about 5-10 seconds and shut off. Kohler 5ecd. No clue what happened. It was in auto mode but I wasn’t near the remote start.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Put a camera in your barn! Spooky!
     
  3. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    failing battery in the remote?
     
  4. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    It's a hardwired remote at the breaker panel.

    That's an odd one... don't know. Maybe you pinched/shorted some wires during your TV installation?
     
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  5. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    899
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Is it possible that in auto mode it detected a drop in battery voltage and started up to charge the batteries?

    Then maybe it shut down due to no water pressure?
     
  6. Coz

    Coz Member

    80
    Oct 9, 2018
    2008 Sundancer 310
    Merc Mag 350 DTS w/Bravo III
    This may be unrelated, but then again......

    I trailer every week. Eventually at some point during the week I will go out to the boat and the remote will be beeping, giving me a low coolant error. I attributed that to being on the trailer and losing sea water. Now I’m wondering if the genny hasn’t started automatically each week causing the error.

    Surely there isn’t some weekly exerciser that is turning it on.

    Batteries were fully charged btw
     
  7. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    As far as I know, that feature does not exist.
     
  8. Coz

    Coz Member

    80
    Oct 9, 2018
    2008 Sundancer 310
    Merc Mag 350 DTS w/Bravo III
    I found an old thread on this forum. Apparently this isn’t that uncommon with that genny. Consensus was that it was a software glitch or maybe it comes on if it senses a low battery.

    My batteries were fully charged. From now on battery switch will be off when not in water.
     
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  9. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    I remember reading something like that on here also. I thought I read there was a setting. Got a link to your search?
     
  10. Coz

    Coz Member

    80
    Oct 9, 2018
    2008 Sundancer 310
    Merc Mag 350 DTS w/Bravo III
  11. Pilot

    Pilot Member

    200
    May 7, 2009
    Chesapeake Bay
    2009 370 Searay DA
    V Drives
    Twin 8.1's
    Worst generators on the planet. Mine has 210 hours on it and @ $5000 in repairs thus far. Ethynol is destroying them. Sad that Kohler cant seem to build a better unit. I hear the diesels are pretty much maintenance free.
     
  12. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Interesting..... I know on whole house generators some have a auto-startup monthly or so, just to keep it from sitting for a year unused....Perhaps the software is set to do it?
     

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