Does your Honda generator need an oil change? Oil changes and regular maintenance tune ups keep your generator running smoothly.
It is recommended to change your oil after the first month or 20 hours of use. After the initial oil change, every 6 months or 100 hours of use is the recommended.
Before starting, refer to the owner's manual for your model's specific oil change schedule, oil brand recommendation, and the specific tools needed for your generator.
*Before servicing your generator make sure it's turned off, the receptacles are unplugged and the spark plug is disconnected to reduce the risk of accidental start up.
Start and run your generator for a few minutes to warm the oil, this will allow it to drain easier. Then, shut off your engine and allow it to cool before servicing your generator.
Place an oil drain pan under your generator to catch the oil when drained.
Use your socket wrench to loosen the drain plug, and drain the oil from the engine, making sure to catch it with your oil drain pan.
Place a funnel in your oil fill tube and fill with the oil brand and amount recommended by your owner's manual.
Screw the oil dipstick back into the oil fill tube and wipe up any excess oil.
Start your engine for a few minutes, and check for any oil leaks.
Check your oil before and after every use to make sure you have the correct amount for your engine to run properly. Checking the oil is as simple as removing the dipstick and taking a quick look. Put in more oil if needed.
To prolong the life of your engine and to keep it running smoothly, oil changes should be done on a regularly scheduled basis. A properly running generator can help you be more prepared for the next storm.