Friday, 15 February 2013

How To Silence a Kohler Control Panel

The main nuisance of working on a Kohler generator is that the entire time you have the switch out of Auto the panel alarm quacks at you.  I will often take off the battery cable but if you do not have access to the battery charger than this isn't always convenient.  The trick is to screw a 10-32 machine screw into the centre hole of the alarm buzzer and pinch it so that it cannot vibrate.  You just have to be careful not to over tighten it because the sound of the alarm gets altered and sounds even worse (yes it is possible).

Kohler Troubleshooting Guide

It's rare that I find a complete operator's manual, especially for the older units so I took a couple pictures of the troubleshoot page and the explanation of the wiring diagram (the actual diagrams I have access to through work).  I thought it might be a handy information to share because it more or less applies to any generator make.  Click on the pictures to view them larger.