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Old 03-21-2018, 08:58 PM   #1
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Adding oil to generator

Anyone have a helpful hint to put oil in a generator? It is sooo slow. I can only add small amounts of oil with a small spout. It seems like there is an obstruction, but I can't see the problem. How can something so simple be so difficult? Onan 5500 in a Thor Miramar. Generator runs like a little sewing machine, but a PITA to change oil.

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I usually fill up the oil filter with oil before I put it on. Then the rest via a funnel into the oil fill hole. It is slow but if you pour it out slowly leaving a little air gap it goes in a little faster.
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Anyone have a helpful hint to put oil in a generator? It is sooo slow. I can only add small amounts of oil with a small spout. It seems like there is an obstruction, but I can't see the problem. How can something so simple be so difficult? Onan 5500 in a Thor Miramar. Generator runs like a little sewing machine, but a PITA to change oil.

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Well Chief, you could try warming the oil up. Put it in a pan of warm water. Now don't pour the oil into the water just put the container in the warm water for a little while so it gets thinner.



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Old 03-22-2018, 11:04 AM   #5
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I use a rubber spout that attaches to the one quart oil bottle. Yes, just add oil slowly as many Onan generators will not accept pouring oil quickly into the the oil sump. The spout also works great for adding oil to my Workhorse 8.1L gas engine.
https://www.grainger.com/product/FUN...x-Funnel-4CUN2
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I got a funnel something like the one below.
Measure oil in funnel, put end of tube in generator, works perfect.
The one I have even has a tight fitting cover to keep clean between uses.
https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-10704...ywords=flotool
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Old 03-23-2018, 12:08 PM   #7
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I just did the first oil change on our Onan in our new Miramar. I have the same problem. Getting the oil in was SO SLOW. First quart wasn't to bad but I didn't think I would ever get the second quart in. After I got about half the second quart in, I started the gen for about 5-10 seconds. This sucked in enough oil to get the last 1/2 quart in. Definitely have to be patient.
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