Troubleshooting the generator
Lighten the electrical load if the circuit breaker repeatedly trips.
Relocate the generator to an area where fresh air is more plentiful if it overheats.
Place the generator on level ground and change the engine oil.
Wipe off the debris around the dipstick and oil drain plug so dirt does not fall into the engine.
Remove the oil drain plug and dipstick.
Place the oil drain pan under the oil drain and angle the engine down a little, pointing it toward the oil drain. Drain the old oil in an oil drain pan.
Put the oil drain plug back on the generator and tighten it to prevent leakage.
Pour new oil into the crankcase and stop when the dipstick is at the "Full" level mark.
Dispose of the oil in the oil drain pan, according to the waste laws in your city and state.
Things You Will Need
- Clean, soft cloth
- Oil drain pan
- If the engine fails to start, check the oil and fuel levels. Replenish the levels if low.
- Turn on the engine for 5 minutes, and then let it sit for another 15 minutes to warm up the oil so the debris will flow out faster and more easily.