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Old 04-02-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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Georgetown: Have you serviced your gen yet?

I'm about to service our gen for the first time. Looks like a breeze now that they have added an oil drain valve which removes the need to torque the oil drain in previous models (not that that was a big deal). A simple twist of the valve and that's it. Looks like the only possible tricky part will be getting a bite on the oil filter since it's recessed a bit.
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Haven't hit the 50 hour mark yet, but when it does I'll probably use one of my socket type oil wrenches. I have different sizes and you can use a standard ratchet extension with it to reach those tight places.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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Haven't hit the 50 hour mark yet, but when it does I'll probably use one of my socket type oil wrenches. I have different sizes and you can use a standard ratchet extension with it to reach those tight places.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:11 PM   #4
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Mine is a year old now and i have never even taken the cover off of it.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #5
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Mine is a year old now and i have never even taken the cover off of it.
Well then it's time to take the cover off to service it...if you want it to last.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:02 PM   #6
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you are right. I'm not sure how many hours i have on it but i have been pretty good at exercising it. I dont think i have 20hrs on it, maybe 10-15.

I hope it is as easy as you are are making it out to be
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:42 PM   #7
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I know what you mean. I doubt ours will reach 50 hours by the end of the season either. I'll probably change the oil at the end of the season that way it gets at least one per season.
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I think they have a gorilla at Onan installing the original filters!

This is my second 5500, and both original filters were really snugged down. I tried the socket type, and it just rounded off the filter. Had to use a strap wrench with a screwdriver shim to get 'em off.

After the original, they've been easy.

Don't forget to "charge" the filter before you install it. It'll cut install time in half. The oil goes in really slow, anyway, but worse with a dry filter.
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I think they have a gorilla at Onan installing the original filters!

This is my second 5500, and both original filters were really snugged down. I tried the socket type, and it just rounded off the filter. Had to use a strap wrench with a screwdriver shim to get 'em off.

After the original, they've been easy.

Don't forget to "charge" the filter before you install it. It'll cut install time in half. The oil goes in really slow, anyway, but worse with a dry filter.
Same thing when I went to change the filter on the new V10. I didn't have to use the screwdriver trick, but did need to pull out my three prong grabber which got it off even though it was all mangled up. Not sure why they torque them so much at the factory. Maybe they don't lube the seal and it sticks. I always lube the seal during install and make sure the old seal didn't stay behind which did happened on this occasion.
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I'm about to service our gen for the first time. Looks like a breeze now that they have added an oil drain valve which removes the need to torque the oil drain in previous models (not that that was a big deal). A simple twist of the valve and that's it. Looks like the only possible tricky part will be getting a bite on the oil filter since it's recessed a bit.
I have changed mine multiple times. I have found that the pre-formed oil filter wrench with the socket type adapter on the bottom where you can use your socket wrench works best. However, there is a rubber gasket around the oil filter that can be easily damaged/ripped when taking off the filter. I have found that a paper towel or two laid inside the wrench gives a snugger fit and keeps the wrench from going so far onto the filter so it doesn't rip the rubber gasket.

You should also remove the plug from the spark arrester/muffler and let it run for a little bit to get out the soot.

About a 20 minute job for the whole thing for me. I do not do it on a windy day because the oil has a ways to drop and the wind will blow it out of the oil pan before it ever reaches the oil pan!
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