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Old 12-07-2003, 09:29 AM   #1
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Oil in Generator Question

I just drained all the gas and the oil from my generator (a Honda EU2000i) in preparation for winter storage. (It needed an oil change.) I probably won't use it for another 4-5 months.

My question is: Does it hurt to leave a generator with no oil in it over the winter? Or should you always keep oil in it when storing?

Oh, and one more question: Should I get the genreator out every month or two to just run it for awhile over the winter (I think I saw that Onan recommends this for their generators, but I'm not sure for the Honda.)


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Old 12-07-2003, 05:09 PM   #2
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We have the same gen & we keep it ready to fire-up at any time, due to the possibility of power outage up here in the winter. In doing so I run it for 15/ 20 minutes each month. Also keep a pad close by to remind & record the date run. At my age I seem to forget most things, but supper.
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Old 12-29-2003, 03:39 PM   #3
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I change the oil at the end of the season, leaving it ready for next year. I would not leave it empty of oil - as I might forget and try to start it sometime without oil! Also, I store the generator in the garage at home, just in case we have a power outage we can use it to keep the furnace running.
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Old 12-29-2003, 03:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I decided to put oil in it over the winter.

I did re-read the owners manual, however, which had some instructions for draining out the small amount of gas that remained in the gas line. So I did that. I also keep the generator in my garage, and have several gallons of gas on hand for my snowblower (thankfully not needed much so far this winter!) that I could use to refill the generator in case the electric goes off in the house sometime.

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Old 12-29-2003, 03:50 PM   #5
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ONAN recommends a two hour or longer run monthly. I would think draining your oil is ok, if you stick a big label that says do not start on the genny, as I did when I had my older cars oil out for a time.
Leaving the oil in, and changing it in Spring might be a better idea. Also be sure to use stabil in the gas or fully drain the gas before storing.
I would worry about moisture in the tank and oil more than anything else.
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