How to Drain the Fuel From Champion Portable Generators

Christopher John

One of the products designed and manufactured by Champion Power Equipment, a U.S.-owned and operated company, is the Champion portable generator. One reason to drain the fuel from a Champion portable generator is to perform the scheduled maintenance of cleaning the fuel tank.

Another time to do it is after an extended period without use. Drain the fuel if you are not going to be using the generator for at least 14 days to prevent gum buildup inside the unit.

  1. Turn the fuel valve on the generator to the "Off" position.

  2. Pull the hose off the fuel valve with a pair of pliers.

  3. Reattach a separate one-fourth-inch hose to the fuel valve. You can obtain this hose from an auto parts store or a home improvement store.

  4. Place a plastic bowl or another container beside the generator. Tilt the generator up slightly, so that all the fuel goes to one side and runs out of the one-fourth-inch hose into the bowl.

  5. Remove the two screws from the air filter plate that is beside the generator's recoil starter, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the plate off the generator.

  6. Remove the bolt from the carburetor, using the pliers. Allow any remaining fuel to run out of the carburetor and into the bowl.

  7. Reinstall the bolt onto the carburetor, using the pliers. Place the plate back on, and install the screws into the plate, using the screwdriver.