Monday, October 2, 2017

Generator Oil Change

The Cummins Onan generator that's on the Travato needs a regular oil change.  The manual actually says first 20 hours, then every 150 hours.  But I'm playing it safe (as this is a critical piece of equipment for boondocking) and doing it every 100 hours.  There is a good written procedure on how to do this on the Travato Owners and Wannabees Facebook Group that I started with.  Basically, get these parts, drain the oil, put in 24 oz (only) of new oil, run for a bit and double check the dispstick.

Parts required:

Tools required:
  • Socket wrench set, although all I used was 9/16"
  • Car ramps to get extra clearance underneath
  • Wire brush to clean drain plug
  • Remove drain plug, catching oil in pan, wait about 10 minutes for it to drain out
  • Clean drain plug of any gunk or previous tape, then reinstall
  • Insert oil pump into oil container, remove dipstick and insert oil tube in stick hole
  • Pump 24 oz of oil into engine (stop when oil level is at 12 oz remaining)
  • Reinsert dipstick and run generator under load for a few minutes
  • Check oil level on dipstick.
  • Cleanup and dispose of oil properly.

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