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Old 10-27-2002, 07:54 PM   #1
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Question Engine Oil Question

I am going to change out the oil in my 454 and Kohler generator. I am going to put in the synthetic (Mobil 1).

For the 454, I saw 10w30 and 15w50 at Wal-Mart. I was going to put in 10w30. The 15w50 might be good for the hot Florida summers but the engine does have 68,000 miles (and then some since my speedometer is still busted).

For the generator, it says SAE30 for above 32 degrees. MOST of the time it is above 32 degrees in North Florida so I was going to use SAE 30 per the manual.

Any comments or suggestions?
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Old 10-28-2002, 05:59 AM   #2
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Fred,
Stay with the manufacturers weights for the temps. I highly reccomend synthetic. Since we do not use our units as frequently as we would like the syn oil is much more stable and does not suffer the breakdown due to contamination that dino oil does. Also the engine seems to run quieter. I have not changed my motor to syn but I have on my genset and it makes a noticable diffrence.
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Old 10-28-2002, 10:02 AM   #3
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Talking Synthetic oil

I run Amsoil 5W-30 in my '01 2500hd 8.1 engine as well as Amsoil 75-90 gear oil in the rear differential. If I run short of Amsoil, I use Mobile One. Filtration is the key so I run Hastings filters offered by Amsoil until they start manufacturing an Amsoil Super Duty Filter. I think you would be happy with synthetic 30 wt. in your generator.
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How do I change the Oil and Filter myself on my 345 LE, 454 engine...PLEASE HELP
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How do I change the Oil and Filter myself on my 345 LE, 454 engine...PLEASE HELP
You will need a 9/16" wrench, a drain pan that holds at least 12 quarts, an oil filter wrench for large (but not the big diesel) oil filters, a new oil filter,and 6-8 quarts of lube oil.
Crawl under the front of the motor home with the wrench, oil filter, filter wrench, and drain pan.
Unscrew the drain plug by rotating the plug in a counterclockwise direction. Place the drain pan under the area that you hope the oil will end up when the plug comes out, and finish unscrewing the plug. After the oil has drained, and all that comes out is a slow dribble, replace the plug. It doesn't have to be really tight, but not so loose it will fall out while driving. After that, use the filter wrench by slipping it over the filter with the handle oriented so it will tend to grip the filter tighter as you rotate the filter counterclockwise. Rotate the wrench until the filter becomes loose enough to remove by hand, then do so, making sure the drain pan is under the filter. Make sure the rubber gasket is not stuck to the engine.
Remove the new filter from the box, and put a thin coat of old oil on the new gasket on the filter, and screw the filter into place. Turn the filter until the gasket contacts the engine, then turn about 3/4 of a turn more.
Crawl out from under the motor home, dragging the drain pan, old oil filter, and tools with you. Add oil through the fill tube. Fill with 5 quarts at first, then check the level, giving the oil a few seconds to reach the oil pan. If the oil level doesn't reach the "full" mark, add more oil until it does.
Start the engine, and check for leaks. Turn off the engine, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and recheck the oil level, add probably another quart to bring it back to the "full" mark.
Return the old oil to a recycling center (most auto parts stores and garages have used oil tanks).
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Fred---It's already been stated but it's worth repeating. Using Mobil l is a big positive. Keep the viscosity the same as the mfg recommends.
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Carefully.......

Sorry couldn't resist

Looks like Terry's given you all the information you need. So I'll keep my mouth shut now......

Hope your trip is going well.

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I guess this may sound dumb... but where is the Drain plug? I found the filter..but not the plug...any ideas? THANKS! (maybe a pic of it would help?)
Terry--Great info!

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I guess this may sound dumb... but where is the Drain plug? I found the filter..but not the plug...any ideas? THANKS! (maybe a pic of it would help?)
Terry--Great info!

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Directly below the engine and in the lowest point of the oil pan. It usually is in a corner of that pan. Be careful that after you have allowed a period of time for the old oil to drain out that you hand start the plug back in and hand tighten before tightening it up snug with a socket wrench.
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(maybe a pic of it would help?)

Ask and ye shall receive (drain plug is visible on the far side of the pan):
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ok..now i fell even dumber...because I stil dont know what the drain plug itself looks like... I used to change the oil on my harley without a prob...
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