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Old 03-03-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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Honda generator synthetic oil

I have eu2000i Honda generator & Companion. Is synthetic oil advisable to use instead of the Honda labeled oil 10W30? Knowing Honda wants the entire maintenance program by using their labeled oil, I feel the equivalent spec synthetic oil would be superior. I am not looking to operate the gens at longer intervals between oil changes. I change oil at approximately 50 hours. Any opinions or recommendations regarding using synthetic would be appreciated. Thank you.
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I use Mobil 1, 10W30 full synthetic
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I've used the same stuff for the last 20 years, never an issue
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:28 PM   #4
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I second M1 10W30. Been running it in my truck with 270,000 miles on it. I had to take the engine apart due to non-oil related problems. It looked like new inside.

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I use Mobil 1 10W30 in both of our Hondas.
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I have eu2000i Honda generator & Companion. Is synthetic oil advisable to use instead of the Honda labeled oil 10W30? Knowing Honda wants the entire maintenance program by using their labeled oil, I feel the equivalent spec synthetic oil would be superior. I am not looking to operate the gens at longer intervals between oil changes. I change oil at approximately 50 hours. Any opinions or recommendations regarding using synthetic would be appreciated. Thank you.
The important thing is, don't mix natural and synthetic. If it gets low, add whatever's already in there. Other than that, either one works.
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The important thing is, don't mix natural and synthetic. If it gets low, add whatever's already in there. Other than that, either one works.
That's what synthetic blends are. I think the figure for benefit is 20-25% synthetic oil. With that said, I wouldn't recommend mixing oils, either, but for the reason that different oil brands contain different additives. Some of the additives don't play as nice with others as they should.
For the small amount of oil we're talking about, straight synthetic would still be best.
I remember the first oil change interval being 50 hours, but from then on, it is more like 200 hours.
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I never reach the hour bogey. I just change it once a year.
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We use synthetic in all our small engines. I think it's better in the long run and cost is insignificant in the big picture.
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I use Mobil 1 in all my gas engines that are not gas-oil mix.
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I used the Honda oil for the 1st 50 hours for break in. Then switched to Mobil-1, on both my EU2000's. I change that once a year. No problems.

I am not sure what the Honda warranty department would say. However I do not expect to have any oil related issues.

Off topic: As far as mixing Mobil-1 and a conventional type of oil. Mobil, states it is no problem and can be done. I do not blend my oils I use straight synthetic. However my son has done this in his Toyota, with out issue. I know another friend who has done that in a pinch as well, with out issue.

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Just to be accurate.

My Honda Shop manual says:

Change oil after first month or 20 hours. Thereafter change every 100 hours


"Recommended oil = SAE 10W 30 (-15* F - 110*F)or SAE 30 (50*F - 110*F) ; API service category SJ
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