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MAINTENANCE A Guide to Maintain Your Generator Generators are essential for providing backup power during power outages. However, they can only perform at their best if they are properly maintained. By following the simple steps in this guide below, you can help ensure that your generator will start up when you need it most and provide years of trouble-free service. Here are some top tips from the experts at EPG Engines and Kohler on proper maintenance for your generator: Change the oil regularly: The oil in your generator will eventually become contaminated with dirt and debris. This can cause the engine to overheat and eventually fail. Change the oil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Inspect the spark plugs: The spark plugs in your generator are responsible for igniting the fuel. If the spark plugs are dirty or damaged, they can cause the engine to misfire. Inspect the spark plugs regularly and replace them if they are damaged. Clean the air filter: The air filter in your generator prevents dirt and debris from entering the engine. If the air filter is dirty, it can restrict airflow and reduce engine performance. Clean the air filter regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Inspect the fuel lines: The fuel lines in your generator can become damaged over time. If the fuel lines are damaged, they can leak fuel and cause a fire. Inspect the fuel lines regularly and replace them if they are damaged. It is also very important to close off the fuel valve (below the fuel tank) when storing away the generator or when travelling (e.g., when the generator is being transported, especially over bumpy roads). If this is not done, the fuel may leak into the engine and cause more work to rectify it again. Store your generator properly: When you are not using your generator, store it in a dry, cool place. This will help to prevent rust and corrosion. By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your generator will be ready to use when you need it most. ADDITIONAL TIPS • Have your generator serviced by a qualified technician at least once a year. This will help to ensure that your generator is in good working condition and that any potential problems are caught early. • Keep a copy of your generator’s owner’s manual in a safe place. This manual will contain important information about how to operate and maintain your generator. • Be sure to follow all safety precautions when using your generator. This includes using the generator in a wellventilated area, keeping children and pets away from the generator, and never using the generator indoors. By following these tips, you can help to keep your Kohler generator in excellent working order and extend its lifespan. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the maintenance guidelines provided by Kohler for your specific generator model. Proper generator maintenance is critical for long-term operation and reliability. The experts at EPG Engines and Kohler share their top tips. 22 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | JULY - AUGUST 2023

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