Portable Generator Parts & Maintenance Tips

Whether bracing yourself for snow storms, torrential rains, or high winds, Briggs & Stratton portable generators ensure you have the power you need whenever and under any conditions. You may be a die-hard do-it-yourselfer or a little bit intimidated by the process but, either way, our online store makes it easy to tune-up your portable generator with a wide variety of tools, parts, and resources available. Read on for tips to ensure your Briggs generator is up and running anytime you might need it.

Use Fuel Stabilizer 
Don’t use your portable generator often? Store it with an empty fuel tank or use treated fuel to deter gum from forming in and clogging up the fuel system. Add STA-BIL® Storage to clean, fresh fuel before filling the fuel tank and then run your generator for a few minutes to circulate the treated fuel through the fuel system.

STA-BIL fuel additives are the official fuel treatment of all Briggs & Stratton® engines.

Change Your Generator Oil 
Make sure your Briggs portable generator has enough oil in it to keep it running smoothly and improve your engine’s lifespan. Many generators shut down automatically to protect the engine if the level gets too low. To keep yours protected and ready-to-go for any DIY project or home emergency, check the oil level whenever you add fuel by referencing the dipstick and filling to the full marker. Keep a few quarts of oil on hand in case of emergencies.

Be sure to refer to your engine manual and the Briggs & Stratton Engine Oil Recommendation page for exact specifications.

Inspect Replaceable Parts Regularly 
In addition to the engine oil, check out your carburetor, air filter, fuel filter, and spark plug regularly according to your portable generator owner manual. Briggs & Stratton makes it easy to reference your manual with our Operator’s Manual page. We also offer a huge selection of affordable parts that maintain your warranty coverage on our website.



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