Generator Maintenance and Storage


It is the end of the ice fishing season, and it is time to put our generator away for the year. Today we are going to go through some of the generator maintenance you should do in order to insure it is working the next time you go to use it.

First, we’re going to remove the access panel so we can get to the oil cap and we’re going to add just an ounce of Sea Foam into the crank case.

That will help bring back into solution any of the heavier oil deposits that are in the crankcase.

After that we will remove the gas in the fuel tank and additionally we’re going to add maybe two or three ounces of Sea Foam into the fuel tank.

Run it for a few minutes to allow the Sea Foam that’s in the oil to help bring those heavier deposits back into solution. This will also allow the Sea Foam that’s in the fuel tank to run through the fuel system and clean and lubricate it.

Now that it has ran for a few minutes I’m just going to remove the oil plug and drain the old oil out into a tub.

Next I’m going to take the air filter out and give this baby a quick wash. All it takes is some warm water and dawn dish soap.

Washing the air filter that should get all of the oil and any dirt that’s on taken care of.

Once the air filter is cleaned let it dry out and focus on the next part of the generator maintenance and that is changing the spark plug and lubricating the chamber.

Remove the old plug and then we are going to add a little Sea Foam spray into the chamber. This will help prevent any rust from forming inside the chamber. Replace the plug with a new one and then that is good to go.

The last step is to refill the oil with fresh stuff. I’ve got a full synthetic and in my opinion it is worth spending the money to get a quality oil for something like this.

Once that is done you can go ahead and put back the access panel and it is ready to be stored away.  This is certainly a worthwhile task to make sure you get the most life out of a generator and it’s going to ensure the next time you need to use it it’s going to be running in tip-top shape.

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