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Old 12-22-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Adding oil to Honda EU2000i

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I'm curious as to your experience as to the frequency you have to add oil. After about how many hours? Thanks as usual for everyone's help. Bill
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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I don't think I've ever had to add oil, except when changing it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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It depends on engine condition and amount of use.

Oil consumption generally increases with engine age.
Obviously the longer you run an engine the more oil it will use.

I check the oil in all my small engines each day I start them, but I never run any of my small engines more than about 6 hours at a time. I also check the oil in my tow vehicle once each day, usually when I stop for gas, and I check the oil in my daily drivers ever 2-3 tanks of gas.
The only engine I own currently that uses oil is the Craftsman lawn tractior I bought for $50 at an auction, it uses about 1/4 quart over the course of a summer.

I'd say if you have to add oil after a weekend of use there's something wrong that needs repair.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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I never added any oil, except at changes. My 2000 is 2 years old, but has not been used heavily.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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I believe Honda recommends 20hr oil changes.
I use 30w Amsoil Synthetic and change at 30-35hrs. Have never had to add, and the majority of run time is on LPG.

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #6
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My owners manual (EU1000i) recommends the first oil change at 3 months or 50 hours. After that its 6 months or 100 hours. I use Mobile 1 and change the oil once a year which is less then 100 hours. After 6 years, I have never needed to add oil between changes.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Do not switch to Mobile 1 or a full synthetic until the gen has at least 50 hours.The rings need to be seated before the switch.This is the key to long engine life.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:45 AM   #8
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I have a very very heavily used Honda 2000 inverter generator (lots and lots of hours on it) which uses a lot of oil now, like it needs to be refilled every other time I put gas into it or it cuts out automatically under low oil level.

Does anyone know if those engines can be rebuilt by an owner with any success? The dealer says the cost of their rebuild would be close to the cost of a new unit. Honda parts are also very expensive. How about rebuild manuals? Are they available?

I sure would like any information on anyone's success or failure in such a project prior to taking it on.

Sorry, I hope I am not hijacking the thread....but I add a lot of oil to my Honda now.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:17 PM   #9
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If you need to add significant oil to a Honda EU2000, it is likely past time to change the oil. Their capacity is a mere .42 quarts.

I have a close friend who did some significant testing recently of a small Honda engine for the defense industry. His studies indicated break-in wear early in their use as expected and it was quite linear and then fell off. His personal recommendation, based on his testing, is to change the oil frequently and use regular oil because of the cost and then switch to synthetic after it is broken in.

By the way, his tests were run with synthetic from the get go. They changed the oil per their testing protocol which was based on Hondaís specified intervals. He had oil analysis done at each change and looked for wear indicators/contaminants. He ran the engine at 50% of rated capacity for 500 hours and then disassembled the engine for inspection. From the oil sampling regime, he expected far more wear than he actually found and was startled by the excellent appearance and condition of the engineís components and internals.

Based on his testing and insights, I bought the EU2000i and Companion set. I had considered another brand but having some engineering insights and specifics in hand that I trusted made my choice easy. By the way, I also equipped mine with magnetic filler plugs and bought a spout to make draining/changing the oil easier.

Good luck with yours.
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Thanks for everyone's input. The question came up because after maybe 20 hrs the oil light came on. It was a little low so topped it off. After running it about 4hrs last night, when I started it this morning (about 30 degrees) it started but promptly quit when the oil light came on again. Went to get some oil and when I came back tried it once more. Started right up and was used for about another 2 hrs without any problems. Now I'm wondering if this was just a cold weather thing. I am using Mobil 1 because I didn't know any better! This is a new unit with probably about 25 hrs on it.
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In our experience, if it is cold out, the oil light may come on and shut down after first starting the genny. Once the oil is "warmed" a bit from running it is fine.
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My very small Honda 600EU generator's low oil light will light up if the generator is not perfectly level, even with full oil. I'm not sure if the 2000's are the same.
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