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Honda Generator Oil Change

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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.

Tools needed:

*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.

Changing the Oil

1) Warm the Engine

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.

2) Locate Drain Plug

Locate the oil drain plug

3) Oil Drain Pan

Locate the oil drain plug

Place an oil drain pan under your generator to catch the oil when drained.

4) Drain the Oil

Drain the Oil

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.

5) Reinstall Oil Drain Plug

Reinstall oil dipstick

6) Refill with New Oil

Locate the oil drain plug

Place a funnel in your oil fill tube and fill with the oil brand and amount recommended by your owner's manual.

7) Reinstall Oil Dipstick

Reinstall oil dipstick

Screw the oil dipstick back into the oil fill tube and wipe up any excess oil.

8) Check for Leaks

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.