by rdpecken on Mar.20, 2011, under Ranch Maintenance
It’s Spring again, and time to get ready for a new year at the Ranch. According to Honda, it's necessary to change the oil every 8 hours of operation. That seems a little excessive to me, so I change the oil once a year, whether my generator needs it or not!
The main problem with the EU2000 generator is that it doesn’t have a drain plug for the oil. So in the past I have tried basically dumping the oil out of the fill tube. That gets pretty messy. You can see that the generator gets pretty dirty after a year of operation in the dust and dirt of Northern Arizona.
So this year, I got a tool from Harbor Freight to suck the oil out of the fill tube.
In order to get better access to the oil, I tilted up the front end, to make the oil pool in the back.
Then I inserted the tool and pulled on the handle. After each pull, I discharged the old oil into a container. It took about 6 tries to get almost all of the old oil out. About 5 minutes.
When I was done with the oil change, I cleaned the internals a bit. I didn’t work too hard at it, as I know it will just get dirty again, but this should keep it from building up too much.
After filling it back up (about 1/2 quart), it is ready to go for another year.