Rotor, Stator or Engine Removal with Champion Puller

Updated by Juan Velez

This bulletin covers the following Champion Power Equipment models: 196cc - 439cc Engine Powered Generators.

Please note: Read instructions carefully and completely before performing service.

  • To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand the operator’s manual before using this product.
  • DO NOT make any adjustments to the generator without first stopping the engine and disconnecting the spark plug wire.
  • Burns from hot parts — let the engine cool completely before touching hot parts.
  • Injury from moving parts
  • To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline. Keep cigarettes, sparks and flames away from all fuel‐related parts.
Rotor or Engine only Removal: When removing the rotor only, it is usually much faster to remove the engine from the generator chassis. When doing the removal by this method, you can leave all the wires intact on the generator's stator attached to the terminal block underneath the yellow end cover of the unit. However, it is recommended to remove the brush holder assembly since failure to remove it can result in broken brushes.
  1. Remove the gas tank by removing the four corner bolts and end bar (2 bolts) on fuel knob side of the generator. Slide tank from the generator chassis. Be sure to turn fuel off and remove the fuel line from the tank first.
  2. Place tank in a safe location away from any possible damage until reassembly is needed.
  3. Next remove the muffle mounts, guards header nuts, and the muffler. Secure the fasteners in a container to prevent loss.
  4. Remove isolators holding the engine in place. (2 nuts are on the corner of the engine and 2 nuts on the underside of the frame)
  5. Next remove the round yellow cover on the generator assembly. (2 -7 mm socket bolts) Locate the brush assembly at about the 12 o'clock position. Remove the wire tie on the main harness for more flexibility. There is plenty of space for the wires without the wire tie being replaced.
  6. Locate the brush assembly wires with a white band and a positive identifier (+). This wire could be either red or blue. Remove this wire from the brush holder contact brass terminal (blade type). Remove the negative wire (-) located to the right of the positive (+) connector. This wire will be either yellow or white.
  7. A single bolt located under the positive (+) connector will allow the brush holder assembly to be removed as a single unit. It will stay fully assembled.
  8. Removing the brush holder first eliminates the possibility of damaging the carbon brushes which are very brittle as in pencil lead.
  9. Next remove the center bolt of the rotor by air impact or using a breaker bar and securing the spark plug and insert a length of starter rope or similar to prevent the rotation of the engine. Be sure to remove the rope before completion  and reinstallation of the spark plug.
  10. There are two techniques to separating the rotor from the engine depending on the tools on hand.
    1. To remove the rotor, you will insert the long removal bolt from the puller tools and turn in with a flat blade screwdriver as far as possible. Next, using the short bolt included with the tool set, thread in the end of the rotor and behind the long bolt previously inserted. Continue tightening the short push bolt until the rotor releases from the engine's crankshaft. An air-driven impact wrench will make this an easy removal. If you use only a breaker bar and hammer, be sure to secure the engine from turning with previous rope method. This method can be used to tighten the actual rotor bolt during reassembly. After breaking the rotor free from the engine, you can now remove the engine from the chassis in one piece and replace the rotor. Note: By using a motorcycle-type tie down strap attached to the upper frame tubes, you can cradle the stator while the rotor and the engine are removed. A light lubricant, oil, or grease on the end of the crank will assist in centering during the tightening of the rotor securing bolt.
    2. Using the 2 1/2 bolt, wrap the Teflon  tape on the threads of the bolt and put the generator in an uphill position. Fill the rotor bolt cavity with standard motor oil, do not exceed 40 weight. Insert the 2 1/2 bolt with Teflon covered threads into the cavity and tighten with an air-impact wrench. As the bolt is tightened into the hole, the rotor will hydraulically separate from the engine and will cause no damage to any parts.

Stator only Removal:

  1.   When removing only the stator with rotor, you will not remove the engine. You must disconnect the harness wires at the terminal block, remove the brush set, remove the AVR, and remove the 2 green wires on the diode assembly.
  2.  Remove the rubber isolator mount nuts and the nut holding the isolator from the frame member (underneath frame).
  3. Remove the four long 6 mm bolts alongside the outside of the stator (field winding assembly). There will allow remove of the stator after the end cover is removed.
  4. Carefully support the engine assembly with a block(s) of wood for stability and alignment after lighting the generator assembly and removing the motor mount isolator. By using the motorcycle tie down to provide support at this time, you can suspend the end housing of the generator by carefully cross-tapping the end cover. It will remove itself from the end bearing. If you find this difficult to remove, then using a 100W light bulb at the bearing end, you can heat the end cover with enough expansion heat to make the removal much easier. Leave the bulb as close as possible but away from any wires, which should already be removed or relaxed away from the bearing end.
  5. Once the end cover is removed, you can slide the stator assembly off.
  6. Follow reverse procedures after replacing the stator assembly. Be sure to insert the wires from the stator through the end cover during your reassembly.
  7. It is always good practice to write down an illustration of the wire connections before disassembly takes places.

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