I put a generator in storage (5hp Kawasaki) by putting oil in the cylinder
per the instructions.
When I want to use it again what do I have to do? The instructions don't go
Do I have to get the oil out of the cylinder, or will it just be pushed out
when I try to start it?
Will the spark plug be okay, or do I have to replace it?
We assume Kawasaki instructions were to
put a couple of spoonfuls of oil into the
cylinder. If the spark plug is clean and
bright (and correctly gapped) this unit ought
to start without trouble.
That is correct, almost. I put in way too much (got confused about how cc
related to ml) and a spray came shooting out when I rotated the engine with
the plug out. Hopefully that is just a mess rather than a problem.
Most people just remove the spark plug and rotate the engine a few
times to get the oil out of the way, then reinstall plug and start
normally. A small amount of blue smoke is normal from the last of the
oil burning off but won't persist more than a minute or so. If you
leave the plug in and start it, it may sputter briefly until the oil
burns off, which is OK too. I prefer not to take a chance on fouling
the plug because the next use may be an emergency and you'd want to
take off running. HTH
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