How did you break in your generator?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dino soar, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    There seems to be a lot of differences in the way people break their generators in.

    Did you use an upper cylinder lubricant?

    How many hours was the initial break-in and how many hours were subsequent oil changes until you could just use the unit?

    How much of a load did you use to break it in?

    Are you using synthetic oil? If so, did you break it in with synthetic oil also?

    How about magnetic dipsticks and magnetic plugs? Is that necessary or unnecessary?

    This would be for the Predator 3500. I understand their manual is confusing at best.
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  3. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Heavy Load Member

    Apr 25, 2021
    Funny seeing this post. I was inches from picking up a Predator 3500 until I saw the Westinghouse 3600 at Home Depot for $100 less.

    I bought a magnetic drain plug for the Predator but it fits the Westinghouse too. I've read both manuals and neither mentioned anything about a break-in procedure.

    I used the Westinghouse to run a grinder while I did my heater box Thursday. It did great. The only thing the manual talks about is oil change intervals really. I used the oil that came with it.
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  4. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

    Aug 31, 2018
    IMO you’re over thinking it. Turn the sum ##### on and let’r hunt!
  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    The suggested intervals are pretty often. I’d just run it till it gets low on oil, and shuts down,then add some. Oil changed!! Lol.
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  6. race27

    race27 Bobtail Member

    Jun 8, 2019
    i did lots of research before buying the 3500 predator. broke it in with regular oil and a little 2 stroke oil mixed in and ran for about 2 hours and drained. replaced with synthetic and eliminated the charcol canister and put silicone all around the low oil shutdown. they have a tendency to short out when wet. also replace the spark plug with a ngk and build guards around each end to eliminate road moisture from entering the case. also to be on the safe side run the exhaust up the stack if u have one to keep exhaust gasses away from the sleeper. i change the oil when it gets dirty. been running for about 1.5 years for 10 hours at a time.
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