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#4623466 - 01/04/18 08:02 AM Generator full mark on dipstick?
pda1122 Offline


Registered: 09/22/05
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Wheres the full mark? This is for a ETQ 13 hp generator which I believe to be a Chinese Honda. I just filled to the very top with the machine level. Id say the level is on the indent on the stick. Did I overfill? No words written in indent or on stick period
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#4623473 - 01/04/18 08:06 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: pda1122]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


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Full should be the top of the fill hole as evidenced by the hash marks going all the way to the threads. Thats how I've always run these engines with the fill plug at the bottom of the crank case.
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#4623502 - 01/04/18 08:42 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: FlyNavyP3]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Originally Posted By: FlyNavyP3
Full should be the top of the fill hole as evidenced by the hash marks going all the way to the threads. Thats how I've always run these engines with the fill plug at the bottom of the crank case.


Yep - or even just to the top of the hash marks, it doesn't really matter.

The bottom end of the dipstick is just before the "low oil shutoff" engages.

It's a pretty generous area of range to operate in.
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#4623510 - 01/04/18 08:46 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: pda1122]
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On the Chonda engines, rest the threads on the top of the fill hole to check. The top of the cross hatch marks is the full level. Do not screw the plug in to check.


Edited by gman2304 (01/04/18 08:47 AM)

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#4623572 - 01/04/18 09:29 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: pda1122]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
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The Honda gx engines are the same. I wish they would put a low mark on the dipstick.


Edited by motor_oil_madman (01/04/18 09:30 AM)
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#4623637 - 01/04/18 10:17 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: motor_oil_madman]
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Registered: 04/30/14
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
The Honda gx engines are the same. I wish they would put a low mark on the dipstick.


The end of the dipstick is the low mark, no oil on the stick means it's low. Any lower and most of them (honda's anyway) have a low oil shutoff and the motor just won't run.

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#4623645 - 01/04/18 10:26 AM THREAD HIJACK [Re: ironman_gq]
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Thread hijack in progress:

How do those "low oil shut-off" switches work? Is it a hearty float-and-contact switch?

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#4623752 - 01/04/18 11:44 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: pda1122]
jonnied1 Offline


Registered: 10/16/16
Posts: 126
Loc: WV
Originally Posted By: pda1122

Wheres the full mark? This is for a ETQ 13 hp generator which I believe to be a Chinese Honda. I just filled to the very top with the machine level. Id say the level is on the indent on the stick. Did I overfill? No words written in indent or on stick period



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#4623850 - 01/04/18 01:16 PM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: gman2304]
MolaKule Offline


Registered: 06/05/02
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Loc: Iowegia - USA
Originally Posted By: gman2304
On the Chonda engines, rest the threads on the top of the fill hole to check. The top of the cross hatch marks is the full level. Do not screw the plug in to check.


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These are the same oil checking instruction notes that came with my 13HP Chonda powered generator.

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#4624422 - 01/05/18 12:11 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: MolaKule]
Garak Offline


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Same for my lawn mower!
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#4625339 - 01/05/18 07:43 PM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: pda1122]
RF Overlord Offline


Registered: 11/08/03
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Loc: Cape Cod, MA
Same for my Subaru/Robin generator.
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#4625606 - 01/06/18 07:56 AM Re: Generator full mark on dipstick? [Re: pda1122]
Duffyjr Offline


Registered: 01/13/16
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Loc: Nebraska
My first two lawn mowers I owned with 3.5 Briggs just had the cap and no stick with hash marks. I always thought that was a lot simpler than trying to read a dip stick with fresh oil.
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