Honda EB12D Owner's Manual

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  • Page 2 The generator is a potential source of electrical shock if misused. not expose the generator to moisture, rain or snow. Do not let the generator get wet, and do not operate it with wet hands. The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth...
  • Page 3 Thank you for purchasing a Honda generator. We want to help you get the best results from your new generator and to operate it safely. This manual contains the information on how to do that; please read it carefully. This owner’s...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS SAFETY ..................................Safety Label Locations ................Safety Information ............COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION CONTROLS ..................... Engine Switch ..................Circuit Breaker ................... Circuit Protector ................. Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) ........... Ground Fuel Meter ..................Hour Meter ..................Lights .................. Indicator GENERATOR USE ................... System ........
  • Page 5 ..................MAINTENANCE The Importance of Maintenance ............. Maintenance Safety ................. Emission Control System ..............Maintenance Schedule ..............Engine Oil Change ................Air Cleaner ..................Fuel Filter ................... Battery ....................Fuse Replacement ................TRANSPORTING AND STORAGE ............TROUBLESHOOTING ................SPECIFICATIONS ..................WIRING DIAGRAM ................
  • Page 6: Safety

    SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS These labels warn you of potential hazards that can cause serious injury. Read them carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda Generator dealer for a replacement. Test GFCI before each use.
  • Page 7: Safety Information

    SAFETY INFORMATION Honda generators are designed to give safe and dependable service if operated according to instructions. Read and understand this owner’s manual before operating your generator. You can help prevent accidents by being familiar with your generator’s controls, and by observing...
  • Page 8 Fire and Burn Hazards The exhaust system gets hot enough to ignite some materials. -Keep the generator at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from buildings and other equipment during operation. not enclose the generator in any structure. -Keep flammable materials away from the generator.
  • Page 9: Component Identification

  • Page 11: Controls

    CONTROLS Engine Switch To start and stop the engine. Key position: To stop the engine. Key can be removed/inserted. OFF: To run the engine after starting. To start the engine by turning the starter motor. Return START: the key to the ON position once the engine has started. Do not use the starter for more than 5 seconds at a time.
  • Page 12: Circuit Breaker

    Circuit Breaker The circuit breaker protects the individual circuit protectors and the 50A 120/24OV receptacle. The circuit breaker wil automatically switch OFF if there is a short circuit or a significant overload of the generator at the receptacle, or if the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) detects...
  • Page 13: Circuit Protector

    Circuit Protector The circuit protectors will automatically switch OFF if there is a short circuit or a significant overload of the generator at the 20A 12OV, 30A 120V locking plug, or 30A 120/24OV locking plug receptacle. If a circuit protector is switches OFF automatically, check that the appliance...
  • Page 14: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (Gfci)

    Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Using the generator in rain, snow or near water can lead to death from electric shock. Keep the generator dry. All receptacles on the generator are protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for protection against the shock hazard of ground- fault current.
  • Page 15 Observe the following precautions to ensure proper GFCI operation to reduce shock hazards: Use grounded 3-conductor extension cords, tools, and appliances, or double-insulated tools and appliances. Inspect cords and plugs, and replace if damaged. Do not use cord lengths greater than 164 feet (50 meters), and do not use multiple tools and appliances with built-in...
  • Page 16 GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter). Test GFCI before use. If GFCI fails test, do not use your generator. See your Honda dealer. 1. Unplug all tools and appliances from the generator. 2. Start the engine. 3. Turn the circuit breaker to the ON position.
  • Page 17 If the GFCI and circuit breaker do not function as described, take the generator to an authorized Honda generator dealer for repair. CIRCUIT BREAKER GFCI RESET BUITON During generator use, if the GFCI RESET button extends and the circuit...
  • Page 18: Fuel Meter

    Fuel Meter Indicates the amount of fuel in the fuel tank when the engine switch is in ON position. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position and refill the fuel tank when the needle is near the “E” mark. FUEL METER “E”...
  • Page 19: Indicator Lights

    (see page 32). If the oil pressure indicator light continues to light even though engine oil level is correct, stop operating the generator and see an authorized Honda generator dealer. COOLANT TEMPERATURE INDICATOR LIGHT OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR LIGHT Coolant Temperature...
  • Page 20 (see page 25) or a problem with the engine. See your authorized Honda generator dealer if the charge indicator light comes on even though there is sufficient fuel.
  • Page 21: Generator Use

    Ground System Honda portable generators have a system ground that connects generator frame components to the ground terminals in the AC output receptacles. The system ground is connected to the AC neutral wire.
  • Page 22: Ac Applications

    AC Applications Before connecting an appliance or power cord to the generator: Make sure that it is in good working order. Faulty appliances or power cords can create a potential for electrical shock. If an appliance begins to operate abnormally, becomes sluggish or stops suddenly, turn it off immediately.
  • Page 23: Ac Operation

    AC Operation 1. Check GFCI operation before each use (see page 14). 2. Start the engine (see page 32). 3. Make sure that the GFCI RESET button is pushed in (flush with its base plate). 4. Switch ON the AC circuit breaker. 5.
  • Page 24: How To Use The Receptacles

    to use the receptacles When two or more receptacles are used, refer to the table below and apply the load to each receptacle equally to prevent overloading. Voltage fluctuation can be prevented by applying the load equally to the single phase receptacles. 240 V 120v 20 A Max.
  • Page 25: Pre-Operation Checks

    PRE-OPERATION CHECKS Check these items before starting the generator. Be sure the generator is on a level surface. Block the wheels. Maintenance Cover Opening and Closing To open: 1. Turn the maintenance cover opening knob to the OPEN position and pull up on the cover.
  • Page 26: Engine Oil

    Engine Oil @!?!%/ Engine oil is a major factor affecting engine performance service life. Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious engine damage. Nondetergent oil and S-stroke engine oil are not rec- ommended. Be sure to check the engine oil on a level surface with the engine stopped and the wheels blocked (if installed).
  • Page 27: Fuel

    Fuel Fuel tank capacity: 38 lit. (10 US gal, 8.4 Imp. gal) Turn the engine switch ON and check the fuel meter. Refill the tank to the upper level if necessary. Do not fill the fuel tank above the upper level mark. Use ONLY clean high-quality fuel.
  • Page 28 NOTE: Depending on the season and the ambient temperature, a different grade of diesel fuel should be used. If a summer grade fuel is used in the winter, the summer fuel may freeze preventing the engine from star- ting. Winter grade fuel is used in the summer could result in a lack of engine power.
  • Page 29: Coolant

    Coolant Open the maintenance cover (see page 23). Check the coolant level in the reserve tank when the engine is at normal operating temperature. If the level is near the MIN level, add coolant to bring it up to the MAX level (see page 28 for coolant recommendation).
  • Page 30 Coolant Recommendation Use high quality ethylene glycal antifreeze that is specifically formulated for use in aluminum engines. Mix the antifreeze with low-mineral drinking water or distilled water. A 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze and water is recommended for most temperature and provides good corrosion protection.
  • Page 31: Fuel Filter

    Fuel Filter 1. Open the maintenance cover (see page 23). 2. Inspect the fuel filter for dirt, water, or other contaminates and clean the fuel filter if necessary (see page 46). FUEL STRAINER STRhlNER ELEMENT...
  • Page 32: Battery

    Battery The electrolyte level must be kept between the UPPER and LOWER level marks. If the electrolyte level is near the LOWER level, remove the battery filler caps and carefully add distilled water to the upper level line( see page 47). UPPER LEVEL LOWER LEVEL The battery...
  • Page 33: Indicator Lights

    Return the engine switch to the OFF position. If the indicator light(s) does not come on, or do not go out after 4 seconds with the engine switch in the ON position, contact an authorized Honda generator dealer. ENGINE SWITCH INDICATOR LIGHTS...
  • Page 34: Starting And Stopping The Engine

    STARTING AND STOPPING TME ENGINE Starting the engine Before starting the engine disconnect any load from the AC receptacle. 1. Open the maintenance cover (see page 23) and turn the fuel valve to the ON position. 2. Close the maintenance cover (see page 23).
  • Page 35 4. Insert the key and turn the engine switch to the ON position. If the am- bient temperature is below freezing, wait for the indicator lights to go OFF before turning the key to the start position. This allows the glow plugs to pre-heat the combustion chambers.
  • Page 36 After the engine starts, let the engine switch return to the ON position. 7. Warm the engine for 2 or 3 minutes before applying a load to the generator. Blue smoke might be emitted from the exhaust during the warm-up. This is a normal occurrence.
  • Page 37: Stopping The Engine

    Stopping the engine In an emergency: Turn the engine switch to the OFF position. ENGINE SWITCH In normal use: 1. Turn all electrical appliance’s connected to the generator OFF. 2. Turn the AC circuit breaker OFF. AC CIRCUIT BREAKER...
  • Page 38 3. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position. ENGINE SWITCH 4. Open the maintenance cover (see page 23) and turn the fuel valve to the OFF position.
  • Page 39: Maintenance

    Other service tasks that are more difficult, or require special tools, are best handled professionals and are normally performed by a Honda technician other qualified mechanic. The maintenance schedule applies to normal operating conditions. you operate your generator under severe conditions,...
  • Page 40: Maintenance Safety

    Remember that your servicing dealer knows your generator best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it. To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new, genuine Honda parts or their equivalents for repair or replacement.
  • Page 41: Emission Control System

    Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic. Honda utilizes systems to reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, hydrocarbons and particulate matter.
  • Page 42 Problems That May Affect Emissions If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have your engine inspected and repaired by your servicing dealer. Hard starting or stalling after starting. Rough idle. Misfiring. Extremely, black exhaust smoke or high fuel consumption.
  • Page 43 Replacement Parts The emission control systems on your Honda engine were designed, built, and certified to conform with EPA and California emission regulations. We recommend the use of genuine Honda parts whenever you have maintenance done. These original-design replacement parts...
  • Page 44: Maintenance Schedule

    Emission related items. (1) Service more frequently when used in dusty areas. (2) These items should be serviced by an authorized HONDA generator dealer unless the owner has the proper tools and is mechanically proficient. Refer to the Shop Manual.
  • Page 45: Engine Oil Change

    Engine Oil Change Drain the oil while the engine is warm to assure complete and rapid draining. 1. Open the maintenance cover (see page 23). 2. Remove the oil filler cap and drain bolt to drain the oil. 3. After draining is complete, check that the sealing washer is in good...
  • Page 46: Air Cleaner

    Air Cleaner If you operate the generator in very dusty areas, check and replace the air cleaner more often than specified in the MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE. @!?!@I Operating the engine without the air cleaner will cause rapid engine wear. 1. Open the maintenance cover (see page 23).
  • Page 47 4. Install the element, inner cover and air cleaner cover in the reverse order of removal. NOTE: Install the cover with the UP mark facing up and align the tabs of the inner cover and the air cleaner cover with the cutout of the air cleaner case.
  • Page 48: Fuel Filter

    Fuel Filter Diesel fuel is extremely flammable and explosive under certain condition. Do not smoke or allow flames or sparks in the area. 1. Open the maintenance cover (see page 23). 2. Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position. 3.
  • Page 49: Battery

    Honda generator dealer. Open the maintenance cover and check the electrolyte level in each battery cell. Fill the battery with distilled water to the upper level line. Never overfill the battery.
  • Page 50 The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation. A spark or open flame can cause the battery to explode with enough force to kill or seriously hurt you. Keep sparks and flames sway. Wear protective clothing and a face shield, or have a skilled mechanic do battery maintenance.
  • Page 51 w Battery cleaning If the battery terminals are contaminated or corroded, remove the battery and clean the terminals. Removal: Remove the battery set plate. Disconnect the negative f-1 battery cable first, then disconnect positive (+I battery cable. Remove the battery. Clean the terminals with a wire brush or sand paper.
  • Page 52: Fuse Replacement

    If a main fuse is blown, see an authorized Honda generator dealer. MAIN FUSE SUB FUSE ver use a fuse with a different...
  • Page 53: And Storage

    TRANSPORTING AND STORAGE The engine becomes very hot during operation and remains hot for a while after stopping. Allow the engine to cool before transporting storing indoors. A hot engine and exhaust system can burn you and can ignite some materials. Transporting When transporting the generator,...
  • Page 54 Before storing the generator for an extended period: 1. Be sure the storage area is free of excessive humidity and dust. 2. Clean the generator. 3. Check the generator according to the maintenance schedule (see page 42) and repair/replace any items as necessary. 4.
  • Page 55: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING When the engine will not start: Check the battery Does the starter mo- tor turn? ) (page 30). Check the fuses 1 (page 50). Refill the fuel tank Is there fuel in the tank? (page 25). Is the fuel valve in the ON position? 1””...
  • Page 56 Reset the circuit protector Is the AC circuit protector (page 11). 1 YES 1 Take generator to an 1 DEFECTS authorized Honda generator dealer. Replace electrical appliance or equipment. DEFECTS Take the electrical appliance or equipment to an electrical shop for repair.
  • Page 57: Specifications

    Max ampere cos 0 = 1 Power factor Tune-up Specifications MAINTENANCE ITEM SPECIFICATION IN, EX: 0.20 * 0.02 mm See your authorized Valve clearance (cold) Honda dealer No other adjustments needed. Other specifications NOTE: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 58: Wiring Diagram

    WIRING DIAGRAM Ir + a$p----+l-ll...
  • Page 59: Installation Of Optional Parts

    INSTALLATION OF OPTIONAL PARTS Remote Control Kit Installation 1. Remove the cap from the 7-pin connector on the generator cover, and connect the 7-pin connector of the remote control cable. Be sure to install the cap on the connector when the remote control kit is not used.
  • Page 60 Starting the engine Before stating the engine: 1. Turn the fuel valve to the ON position. 2. Turn the AC circuit breaker to the OFF position. 3. Make sure the engine switch on the generator control panel is in the OFF position and remove the key (see page 9).
  • Page 61 5. Turn the engine switch on the remote control switch box to the ON position. When the engine switch is turned to the ON position, the glow light in the starter button will light for about 4 seconds. Wait for the glow light to go out before starting...
  • Page 62 - If the light comes on after the engine has been restarted and the engine stops automatically, discontinue operation of the generator and contact an authorized Honda generator dealer. ARTER SUTTON PILOT LAMP Stopping the engine To stop the engine in an emergency, turn the engine switch OFF.
  • Page 63: Warranty Service Information

    If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership’s Customer Relations management, contact the Honda Power Equipment Office. You can write to: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Honda Power Equipment Division Customer Service Office 4900 Marconi Drive...
  • Page 64: Index

    INDEX .............. COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION ....................CONTENTS ....................CONTROLS Circuit Breaker ................... Circuit Protector ................. Engine Switch ..................Fuel Meter ..................(GFCI) ........... Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Hour Meter ..................Lights .................. Indicator USE ................... GENERATOR AC Applications ..................................AC Operation System ........
  • Page 65 STARTING AND STOPPING THE ENGINE ..........the engine ................Starting the engine ................Stopping AND STORAGE ............TRANSPORTING ................TROUBLESHOOTING ..........WARRANTY SERVICE INFORMATION ................. WIRING DIAGRAM...
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