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Old 04-23-2016, 06:09 PM   #1
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Onan generator problem/question

Today I changed the oil in my onan generator. The unit has been running fine. 680 hours on the meter.
I noticed some large metal shavings in the recess of the drain plug. I read where large shavings could have been in there from the manufacturing process, but this has me a little concerned. Anyone have any experience with this??
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With over 600 hours on the generator any shavings during the manufacturing of the unit would be gone after 4 oil changes (provided you change oil every 150 hrs) I'd suspect piston or bearings damage
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With over 600 hours on the generator any shavings during the manufacturing of the unit would be gone after 4 oil changes (provided you change oil every 150 hrs) I'd suspect piston or bearings damage
I haven't had the coach very long but I do know the last 3 owners. I thought the same thing about the shavings being gone but I had to dig them out of a hole in the plug. Not sure if the previous owners may have not noticed them.
Thinking of running it a few hours and checking the plug again to see if I see any additional shavings.

I would think with that large of shavings the generator would not be sounding too good.
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If the drain plug was hollow and you had to dig them out of the hollow area maybe it's old shavings.
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Hope so. I did think it was just part of the plug myself at first.

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Can you load it up and it continue to run without puffing smoke? If so then don't worry be happy
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I haven't had the coach very long but I do know the last 3 owners. I thought the same thing about the shavings being gone but I had to dig them out of a hole in the plug. Not sure if the previous owners may have not noticed them.
Thinking of running it a few hours and checking the plug again to see if I see any additional shavings.
I would think with that large of shavings the generator would not be sounding too good.
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I assume you are the 1st person to "dig the shavings out of that plug"... (and that you have nothing to worry about).
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I assume you are the 1st person to "dig the shavings out of that plug"... (and that you have nothing to worry about).
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I did ask the previous two owners. They said they remember changing the oil but did not notice a hole in the plug. Hopefully all is well. Time will tell.
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