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Old 08-26-2015, 11:09 AM
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Default What oil for 5500 Wheelhouse Generator?

Getting ready for possible storm Erica is Florida and I want to do an oil change but cant find anything on line and the owners manual is MIA. Thanks
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Straight 30 wt is what i use. here's da manual http://www.manualslib.com/manual/604...se-1646-3.html
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Assuming it's a Briggs or similar engine...regular old Castrol 10W-30 is all I ever use in any internal combustion engine. You could also use whatever Advance or Wal Mart has. It won't care.

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As above, I doubt it is critical, but most of those engines come with 30 weight.

Usually I go with the recommended/supplied 30w for the first two oil changes and then whatever I have lying around after that. Don't put synthetic in until WELL after your break in.

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Ditto straight 30 on those air cooled engines. I use Rotella 30, not because is is best, but I have lots of it around usually.

Best thing you can do with these things is do very often oil changes, especially when new. Amazing the metallic crap that comes out. Not so much the larger ones with actual oil filters and pumps.
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Thanks y'all. Off to walmart for 30 wt and to fill gas cans
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Straight 30w HD
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Originally Posted by fishknut View Post
Thanks y'all. Off to walmart for 30 wt and to fill gas cans
walmart quit carrying the castrol 30wt in the 5 qt jugs here, by the qt it is over 4 bucks
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
Ditto straight 30 on those air cooled engines. I use Rotella 30, not because is is best, but I have lots of it around usually.

Best thing you can do with these things is do very often oil changes, especially when new. Amazing the metallic crap that comes out. Not so much the larger ones with actual oil filters and pumps.
See bold above.
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Got it folks. Put a fresh quart of Castrol HD 30 in and she is ready for any storm. Also have 50 gallons of rec 90 gas ready to go, hopefully we don't need it.
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Most Briggs spec oil change @ 50hr, the oil eats the heat on those air cooled engines.
Of course no one does it.....
Second make sure to store it with fresh oil, drain old when still warm, store with old and it'll seize up with rust in the cylinders from moisture in the oil.
Seen that often especially if stored for a year (or more)

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