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Old 07-04-2014, 02:40 PM   #1
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Changing generator oil

Just did the first one and it was almost as easy as when I used to change oil on a CJ-7.

Pulled in the driveway just enough so the generator is still over the street which provides plenty of clearance to get to the fill and drain areas. The access panel has two latches on the bottom edge that allow the panel removal when released. The drain plug (9/16") is where depicted in the owner's manual and is slightly recessed in the outer housing.

First I checked the level since I was having issues w/ the generator shutting down but the level was correct. I placed a small plastic container under the drain and removed the plug. After it was drained, I replaced the plug. I used a suction gun to put the oil in which allowed not having to drop the spare. Since the suction gun only held about a pint, it took two goes at it to put the quart in. Used Onan's 15-40W as recommended which was on Amazon for $10.97. And I thought Mobil 1 ESP was expensive. At least it only takes a quart.

Replaced the dipstick/cap after verifying that one quart was correct.
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Old 07-04-2014, 09:04 PM   #2
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Thanks 73shark. I'm about to tackle my first change as well and so looking for any pointers before I get under there.

Some had suggested it was easier to suck it out with a pump which I happen to have, but then it occurred to me it wouldn't get out any shavings or metal that may have accumulated in the bottom of the pan.

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Old 07-04-2014, 11:32 PM   #3
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I agree and using the drain plug just seemed so much easier.
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Great writeup! Saved for future use. Thank you!
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:53 PM   #5
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On a standard length, it's real easy if you drop the spare, (which is really easy as well), which is right up against the cover. Gave me a chance to clean it and check the air pressure.
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How often should the oil be changed?
Is there an hour meter on the generator?
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If you have a 2014 Interstate you should have a complete set of manuals for all the items in it. That would be where I would look for the time frame interval to change the oil. Also where the start-stop button is for the generator there is an hour meter to inform you of the total time the generator has been running.
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How often should the oil be changed?
Is there an hour meter on the generator?
I just did the first one at 25 hours. I think subsequent ones are at longer intervals. My book is w/ the RV which is getting fuel filters changed and tires rotated/balanced/rigid valve stems installed.
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In addition to the hours interval, I change the oil in the generator (and in any internal combustion engine) annually regardless of use. The byproducts of combustion work to degrade the oil over time so it should be changed even if it looks clean and has little use on it. At least that is the oil voodoo I believe in.
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