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Westerbeke 15kw generator

Discussion in 'Generators' started by angelosauto, May 8, 2020.

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  1. angelosauto

    angelosauto New Member

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    I have a 1989 Westerbeke 15kw diesel generator, was working great last time I used it, had surgery and didn’t fire it up for 6 months, when I did it started right up but no power coming out of it when I switch it to generator, some mentioned it needs field to be RE-excited, any ideas? Has anyone had this issue?
  2. Capt Cole

    Capt Cole Member

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    Check the breaker on the gen. Make sure it didn’t trip or get turned off.
  3. Capt Ralph

    Capt Ralph Senior Member

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    The exciting winding has lost it's magnetism. Not enough flux to create any field of electricity to make an emp cloud.
    So much for self exciting..
    Re-excite the back end as per the owners manual.
  4. angelosauto

    angelosauto New Member

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    Don’t think theres any breakers on genset only in salon panel
  5. angelosauto

    angelosauto New Member

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    Thanks will call Westerbeke Monday and see what they say, thought maybe someone else came across with this issue and could share what they did. Had replaced back end with a reconditioned one from Westerbeke 5yrs ago when manifold sprung a pinhole leak which shorted it out, don’t remember having to excited it when I installed it‍♂️
  6. rtrafford

    rtrafford Senior Member

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    Absolutely should go double check. Westerbekes do have a main breaker on the generator end of the unit. Go revisit it. I can't think of a generator I've owned that didn't have one. It should be on the same housing where your panel feed ties in. Looks like a big junction box...