Hi guys. Here's a quick test. Unplug the voltage regulator connector, then look to see if the warning light is off. If it's not, that green wire is grounded and the generator shouldn't even be turning on as the current coming through the light is the turn-on signal. If the light does go out, suspect the regulator. Once the system is up and running, it puts 12 volts back onto that green wire to turn the light off. It knows to do that when half of system voltage appears on the white wire that's plugged into the side of the generator.
Most auto parts stores that test generators only look for output. Many do not test the warning light circuit.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 AT 6:58 PM