Honda Generator Oil Change

How to do a Honda generator oil change

Changing oil in Honda generator

Our Honda generator oil change. Thanks for joining us for this video. It’s a very exciting day. We get to change the oil in our generator. It’s so much fun mechanicking. It’s always a good thing to do. So we have our little Honda inverter generator which is an EU 3000 i. It’s the wheeled handy model. Super fun so working really good for us.

If you’ve been following our blog we’re doing an off-grid homestead and this has been our power bill for the last two and a half months and it’s going to be for a while until we get our solar system set up and then hopefully it’ll just be a backup system. Anyway so we’ve been running it for quite a while. Everything Is actually been going really well. It’s very fuel efficient but we need to service the generator and the only thing really to service on the whole entire thing is the oil. So we’re going to do a Honda generator Oil change today.

Honda generator manual

If you’ve read the manual or if you’ve looked at your manual or you own this one and you notice that there’s actually an oil access compartment here on the side and that allows you to get to both the fill neck and the dipstick where you check the oil and then on the bottom side there’s actually another plug or a port on the bottom where you can open the drain plug to drain the oil out. So I’ve been running the generator for a little while just to heat up the oil so it’s easier to change it out. It’s been cooling down also for a couple minutes so we don’t burn ourselves and we’re going to drain it out the bottom there.

We’ll put the fill plug back in. We’ll go ahead and add oil. For this we actually chose to get ten thirty genuine Honda oil just to keep our warranty intact since this is our lifeblood. We want to make sure that it lasts us a really long time. We pick this up at our local Honda generator dealer. So we’re going to use probably about eight ounces I believe. Don’t hold me to that it’s about eight ounces I think of oil for this particular model. So let’s get started changing the oil in our generator okay. Now the first thing that we did actually as I mentioned earlier was we ran the generator for just a little while that heats the oil up and makes a little easier to change.

The drain plug

As you can tell it’s snowy outside. So if we just try to change cold oil it’ll be very difficult to change but we didn’t just turn it off and change it all right away. We might end up burning ourselves. So we’ve let it cool down here for about 15 minutes or so. Now everything should be nice and cool to the touch except for hopefully the oil still nice and fluid. So we’re going to pull the drain plug which is on the bottom side here and to do that we actually need a 10 millimeter socket and I find that having an extension is going to work the best. We want to make sure it’s set to reverse and forgive me I’m not going to be able to get the camera underneath here.

But there’s a small drain plug right on the bottom of the oil compartment so we’re just going to loosen that and assuming we’re loosening, it very hard to see. There we go. So we’re going to loosen it first and then we’re going to move our little container underneath here so we don’t get any on the tailgate and then we’re going to pull it the rest of the way out. Now I’m just threading it out with my finger. Hopefully I can pull the bolt out so you can actually see what it looks like. It’s definitely a tight compartment down there but it’s big enough that you can get two fat fingers in there.

Drain the oil

Usually when you’re changing oil like this the drain plug just falls right into whatever you’re catching the oil in. Which is annoying though no one’s ever died from it I don’t think. Almost done threading the drain plug and there we go and as predicted the drain plug is now being swallowed up by the oil. So we’ll let all the oil drain out and we’re almost done. So I’m actually going to revise my previous statement that we’re going to put eight ounces of oil in there. It looks to me like it’s considerably more maybe even as much as a pint or 16 ounces. So well we’ll take a look at that when we get a chance to fill it up here.

I don’t have the manual handy so maybe in the comments below we can put the amount of oil that the generator actually takes and if you’re not sure just check your manual. It’ll tell you what you need to know. It’s always a good idea to have some paper towels handy because I don’t care what your changing oil and it’s always messy. So it’s good to have something you can just wipe your fingers off with. Now before I go any farther I actually need to pluck the drain plug out of there. Because it’s sitting in this little pool of oil and if I was more dexterous I wouldn’t let it fall in there in the first place.

Replace drain plug

I don’t know if you’re much of a fisherman if you’re watching this video but I have just gone drain plug fishing and I caught one nice good-looking drain plug there. Not a bad idea to kind of keep an eye on the oil to kind of see if you have any metal shavings or anything in there. I mean ideally with a brand new generator like this we wouldn’t have any of those problems but you know what, keep an eye on things but try to get like preventive maintenance. So there’s a little drain plug comes out of this particular generator.

Next I’m going to go ahead and try to put that drain plug back in without dropping it back in the bath of oil. In fact it’s not going to be possible. It’s just too small so I’m going to put my drop cloth underneath here to catch the oil that’s dripping and now I should be able to reach up in there and I probably could have put that on the socket with the extension. be my life a little bit easier but you know what why make things easy. Alright So now we’ll go ahead and tighten up our drain plug again and a lot of times these drain plugs are not super tight. They’re what I would call snug. So don’t over tighten this.

Don’t overtighten

You don’t want to risk stripping out the threads on it okay and then we’ll ratchet it tight. Now I’m just gonna go til it’s snug and then just a tweak farther just to make sure it’s nice and nice and firm in there. Very good so let’s work on adding oil. Now alright so to fill the oil we’re going to gently pull on this cover. Remove it and we’re going to open up the dipstick / fill hole and ideally we’re going to get the dipstick about half full. There so um I am very prepared here.

The funnel that we have is in storage and I want to get this job done because it’s overdue. So we’re going to go ahead and try the old get the oil in the small hole trick which is always fun. The best way to do that is probably to tip the generator just a little bit and if you look the hole kind of has a little bit of a spout to it anyway. AAlright so we filled it up until it’s just at the bottom of the threads here and the the fill hole so that should be just the right amount of oil there. We’ll go ahead and put the dipstick back in and of course try to clean up as much as you can around the fill hole. If you’re smart like me and you’re not using a funnel you’ll have a little bit.

Refill

But actually it’s pretty easy to fill that. It wasn’t tragic. It’s definitely kind of challenging because you have to tip the generator up. But you know what you got to do there so should be good go ahead and top this off. Good and dipstick is in nice and firm. If you can, try to keep all this oil stuff around here clean. Tends to build up and gets kind of gunky and that just traps heat. So anyway we’re now filled with oil there and we can go ahead and put our cap back on this oil cover. And the last thing here we’re going to put this small cap back on which is the the drain port on the bottom here. It’s kind of just a rubbery plug.

Alright it’s in there nice and firm and so we don’t cause a UH exxon-valdez here in our driveway we’ll move our oil. So everything looks like it’s all done there. Having these little wood blocks helps or something like that. Maybe some concrete blocks or a workbench or something would definitely be helpful if you have to do it in the field. Distant firewood like that. Alright so we’re all done. It probably took us about 10 minutes to do that oil change is pretty simple looks like we used about 16 ounces of oil so I was off on my first calculation.

Use Honda oil

Oh I tried to look up the manual here and now oh try to put the information in the description of this video so you have something reliable but if you’re watching the video and you’re not sure just look at your Honda user manual. It’ll tell you how much oil to use. So use Honda genuine oil. Oh it should be changed we’re supposed to do that I think now every hundred hours or so. They say every three months or 100 hours. That’s going to be a little more frequent for us because we run our generator quite a bit when we’re doing construction things.

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Change Honda Generator Spark Plug

Detailing change of Honda generaor spark plug

How to Change a Honda Generator Spark Plug

Tools for the job

Change Honda generator spark plug. So you’re gonna need a 3/8 inch ratchet. This particular one has a very slim head. That’s the one I like but you certainly can use the normal router. Next tool, 14 millimeter spark plug socket. This is what the manufacturer recommends. I highly recommend getting the metric 14 millimeter size. This is a 3 inch regular extension. This fits into your spark plug socket. Phillips head screwdriver, flat head screwdriver. Gonna need a spark plug gapping set. You can get these at any auto parts store. Even Honda dealers do sell them. You’ll need that to gap your spark plug and then last but not least Honda spark plug.

So what are you gonna say. Why do I need the Honda? Watch the rest of this video and I explain it. It makes your life a little bit easier and you are guaranteed to get the right plug if you buy it from your dealer and all together that’s what you need is a pretty easy job. Watch the rest of the video when I’ll show you how I do it. Alright youtubers so one of my loyal viewers asked me if I could show you how to replace the spark plug on an EU 7000. So there aren’t a lot of videos on this because this generator is still pretty new.

When to replace the plug

But if you read the book you’re actually supposed to replace the spark plug, I think that the manual actually says whenever it needs it. But in my case I like to do the plugs every year and I might be a little bit old-school but I would recommend that you want to at least do it every two years. I’ve had a couple plugs over the years go bad and on something like a generator it’s well worth the 3 bucks to replace it before it ends up being a problem. So if your generator is brand new you don’t need to do it. But I think it’s important to know how to because you might need to do it at some point.

flat-head screwdriver I’m on the left hand side of the generator this is the left door and that’s if you’re facing the control panel it doesn’t really matter though you only have two doors so keep opening them until you see a spark plug so we’re gonna open this door and for purposes this video you don’t need to do this yourself Honda’s pretty clever this door has a tendency to want to close a little bit so if you actually lift this off it’ll actually come out and finagling it pops off so we’re gonna put this aside where it doesn’t get damaged or scratched.

The spark plug cover

In a previous video I showed you how to do the air cleaner but in this one we’re gonna learn all about the spark plug today let’s start with a Phillips head screwdriver easy enough and first let’s explain where the spark plug is so this is the spark plug cover right in this area and it’s identified with a very easy to see Phillips head screw so we’re gonna unscrew that just a few turns and this is what they call a captive screw so what happens is this screw never actually will fall out it holds the screw which is why they call it captive.

Now once it’s very loose don’t worry that it’s not gonna pop out you’re just gonna gently lift the cover off and so now at this point what we’re gonna do we need some close-up so you can really see how this works. So the spark plug boot as they call it is actually right here so when you’re at home don’t be so nervous because this area is pretty well lit because I’ve got some creative lighting going on but at home you might not be able to see it quite so well. I actually recommend doing it outside if you can.

14mm spark plug socket

Now all you need to do no tools I just have my hand with of course my gloves on and this little boot tab right here. It might not be the exact name for it but all you need to do is pull that off. So the easiest way is to just use your hands and grip it with your thumb and your forefinger and just pull that out and that’s it. So right now you can see that we’ve got the boot off and underneath in here for my fingers pointing hopefully you can see the top of the spark plug that’s right here.

Now what we’re gonna do. I like to tuck this out of the way a little bit here. Now what we need to do now we need a spark plug tool that’s gonna go in there and I’m gonna show you how that works. Bit of a tight clearance. You’ve got your spark plug in here and you’ve got a frame right here. So my recommendation is you’re gonna need a spark plug socket and in this case because this is a foreign machine or a Japanese machine it’s metric. But you can use other sizes but the official size is a 14 millimeter spark plug socket. This may not look exactly like yours does but 14 millimeter is the size you want.

Need an extension

So the next thing you’ve got to get because this by itself is going to be so far in you won’t be able to do it. You need an extension. I recommend a particular extension of this size. The reason is this is a three inch extension. So if you use a longer extension than these two so I’m gonna put these together. Therefore you’re looking for about six inches of length on this and the reason you need this is the next step you’ve got to do is insert this tool onto the spark plug and make sure it’s seated properly. But the real challenge is as you can see it’s a little bit tight in here.

if you get an extension that comes way out the problem is the angle. It’s gonna hit this frame and you’re actually going to damage your spark plug. So my recommendation is you want the extension inside the frame so the frame is actually here. The extension is in. See if I can zoom a little more hard to get from that angle but you’ll see it when I put the ratchet on it. So in my case I’m using a little bit of an old-school ratchet. This is just a regular ratchet even though it looks a little bit unusual.

Loosen spark plug

I like it for tight situations. So at this point now again I’m gonna push the boot out of the way a little bit. I’m gonna put this spark plug two lon so again the key is you don’t want any pressure on this ratchet. I can still put my finger up in the frame in the still room sometime. Zoom in in this a couple of different ways so that you can really get the angle of what’s going on here. So again I’ve got the ratchet on top of the spark plug boot and I can’t stress this enough. Because if you are putting pressure on that spark plug as you pull it out you absolutely can damage it.

Now the key is if your ratchet is a little bit Wiggly afterwards that’s okay as provided that you’re using the 14 millimeter socket has to be tight on there but you just need clearance for the ratchet. So I’m sorry if I’ve over explained that. But it’s really important. The next thing you’re gonna do is you’re gonna loosen your spark plug. Okay that’s out so in my recommendation I don’t use my ratchet to loosen the spark plug once it’s loose. I pull that right off and then I’m gonna actually twist this by hand and the reason again I do that is because if I’m doing it by hand I’m not going to damage this.

Unscrew plug

So I’m gonna slowly do this and I’m gonna unscrew it and you keep going until it really is quite loose and again if you using a spark plug socket once you’re done and you take the plug out it should come out and the plug should be on the NDA sockets. Let me zoom back out a little bit now and it actually looks pretty good. That’s your spark plug hole right there. So now that we’ve got a spark plug out we’re gonna get a replacement. We’re gonna take a look at it all right. So now we want to get our new spark plug ready and get it installed and it’s actually pretty easy. I’ll show you the steps.

So the first thing to talk about is the ends of these spark plugs. Now when you look at the ends you see these threads. In the old days used to spend a lot of time and effort putting anti-seize compound on these and I know that a lot of guys still do. By today’s standards in per NGK who is the manufacturer of the spark plug honda recommends you do not put anything on these threads. So you take the spark plug right out of the box and it is ready to go except for one thing all right.

Use feeler guage

So now we’ve got to gap this plug so let’s take our feeler gauge and we’re going to put it into the gap and we’re going to run it in. Now there should be a little bit of resistance here and that’s what you’re looking for. Just a small amount of resistance. It shouldn’t be very loose. It shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t get it in. My recommendation is if this is not the case I don’t recommend bending these in your own unless you’re pretty experienced. So my recommendation again. I said it earlier. Buy this plug at a Honda dealer ask for the Honda branded plug.

It won’t actually have the Honda name on the plug. It’ll still say MGK but it’ll come in a Honda box so when you look at it this is going to be the end of it it’s gonna say BP r6 is so this is the correct plug per the manufacturer’s instructions for the EU 7000 is. So again if you’ve learned one thing from this part make your life easy pay two dollars extra and go to the Honda dealer or order it online. Get the Honda part number of the plug and you’ll get the plug ready to go. Typically it’s gapped. But I’m still telling you it’s worth double-checking it with that feeler gauge to make certain.

Retighten the plug

Or if you having a problem ask your dealer to check the gap and they typically will for you. You can still do the job yourself and save a lot of money. Alright so once your plug is gapped, and again you don’t need anything on the end of it, all we need to do is take our sparkplug tool reattach the plug in it and now our goal is to get the spark plug in that hole. So very gently you are going to put that tool right back in and I like to wiggle a little bit and once you feel that that spark plug is there you can very gently. I absolutely recommend you turn that tool by hand.

You’re gonna spin it until the spark plug finally tightens up and again I do not recommend using the ratchet until the spark plug finally reaches the bottom like it did right there. So I can’t turn it any more by hand and if you want to check it to be sure you can even loosen it just make sure it feels like it’s threading in smoothly. Now I’m gonna retighten it back up to where it was and now all we need is to use our ratchet.

Replace connector

So take our ratchet. Put it on there and I have to reverse the direction and this is again just a average ratchet and when you tighten it this is where things have a little need to be tight but not so firm that they’re gonna tear the end of it off. So I just recommend putting it on fairly tight. Typically they recommend that after that spark plug touches the bottom that the ratchet moves a quarter of a turn. What a quarter of a turn means it goes from here a quarter of the way across. Consider a full circle so you go into fourth of the way and it can vary by manufacturer

So now that that’s done and it’s tightened up we’re gonna remove our ratchet and our spark plug tool. Now that our spark plug is installed and it’s tight we need to put this boot back on. it’s very easy. You just slide it on to the spark plug and you press it until it goes in all the way and a lot of times you’ll feel a little bit of a click from the connector. So I’m going to slide it on.

Replace cover

I don’t know if you could hear that but when I push this boot all the way in it made a little click. So now we’ve got the plug back in it’s tight. All we’ve got to do is, zoom out a little, is to put this cover back on. So this just very easily snaps on. Now that that covers on we’re just going to tighten it up. We’ll screw this in until it’s tight. So what this cover it doesn’t stay 100%. Like it’s pretty tight but if you pull in the edge you’ll see there’s a little bit of play. And that’s totally normal.

Now the good news is at this point we’re done. So we’re gonna turn our key to on. You’re gonna see some control lights light up and then once they go out you ready to go. Push the engine start. Make sure your eco throttle is on the off position that means the generators going to fire a full speed. Everything good. This concludes the spark plug change

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