Avoiding Fuel-Related Problems

EU1000i • EU2000i • EU3000i Handi

Your Honda Generator engine is designed and manufactured to precise specifications to ensure years of trouble-free operation. This includes the fuel system. However, the properties of the fuel you use can quickly deteriorate and cause starting or running problems and, in some case, damage the fuel system. The good news is most fuel-related problems can be avoided by following a few simple steps.


Follow these steps to prevent most fuel-related problems

Step   Reason
1. Do not use fuel containing more than 10% ethanol in your Honda generator.   Ethanol is corrosive and also quickly attracts water from the air into the fuel. This can cause starting or running problems or, in some case, damage to your engine's fuel system.
2. Add fuel stabilizer to your portable fuel container.   Since you don't know how long fuel will remain in your portable fuel container, it is recommended that you always add fuel stabilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions when you fill the container with fuel.

3. When the generator is not in use:

• Always close the fuel vent cap
• Store the generator away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry area if possible.

  Fuel will deteriorate faster when exposed to air and heat from sunlight.
4. If you do not plan to operate the generator frequently (less than once a month), drain the carburetor following the directions shown in the owner's manual.  

The properties of gasoline can quickly lead to stale fuel, causing starting or running problems.

The fuel in the carburetor float bowl will deteriorate faster than fuel in the tank due to:

• Small fuel volume
• Proximity to engine heat
• Open to the atmosphere

5. If you do not plan to use your Honda generator for more than 1 year, drain the fuel tank and carburetor following the storage procedure in your owner's manual.   Even treated gasoline (with fuel stabilizer) left int he engine's fuel system can deteriorate during long term storage, causing starting or running problems and, in some cases, damage the fuel system.



























Refer to your owner's manual for additional information.

If you do not have an owner's manual, you can download the manual from the Honda Power Equipment website at www.hondapowerequipment.com > Product Manuals.


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