QUICK STEPS TO PERSONALLY CARE FOR YOUR GENERATOR
- Ensure your carburetor is always clean: Cleaning your carburetor is a complex procedure and should be done by a mechanic.
- Make sure the air filter is clean: Some are rings with no center, some have centers and some are flat pieces. It usually requires pulling the old air filter, cleaning the slot it sat in, and inserting the new one. If anything is holding the air filter in place, it is usually a screw or wing nut. Check the manual to see how to replace the air filter
- Change the oil: It is a good idea to change your oil yearly no matter how many hours you have used the generator. Run it for a few minutes first to get the engine warm as this will help the oil and contaminants to drain easier. Then place an oil catcher under the oil pan and remove the cap. After the oil has drained, replace the cap and change the oil filter. Now you can fill the engine with the manufacturer’s recommended oil and start it again. After running for a few minutes, turn it off and check the oil level once more
- Check the spark plug: Clean the spark plug with a spark plug cleaner and a wire brush. If there are any persistent deposits or cracks in the porcelain, replace it. When replacing a spark plug, it is important to adjust the gap between the electrodes to the manufacturer’s specs with a spark plug gauge. When the gap is set, you may replace the spark plug and re‐attach the wire.
- Keep a Record: Keeping records is vital, it helps you keep track of the condition of your generator and any repairs or observations. That way you can provide an accurate record of maintenance to the generator company or even your insurance agent. As soon as you’ve finished your check, make an immediate appointment for the next one. program it into your phone for that reminder