icon-phone 619.235.0961    icon-email Email

When Downtime Is Not An Option.



How to Keep Your Onan Diesel RV Generator in Its Prime

How to Keep Your Onan Diesel RV Generator in Its Prime

We rely heavily on Diesel RV generators to provide power once we are off-shore. But owners often forget the fact that these machines require regular maintenance in order to be fully operational. If you do not take proper care of your Diesel RV Generator when you need it the least, it might fail you when you need it the most.

While your boat is plugged into a land-based power supply, the generator usually remains idle. But once you set out and away from the shore, your RV generator refuses to start, leaving you powerless.

But why does this happen?

Diesel RV Generators are prone to failure if not properly attended to or remain idle for long periods of time. There are many things that can go wrong in this scenario and render your RV generator useless and in need of repairs, often costly ones. This is also true for Onan Diesel RV Generators, regardless of the model. Our Onan Generator Repair San Diego Experts warn that many of the repairs they have been tasked with could have been avoided if their owners took better care of them.

So What Can You Do To Keep Your Generator Running Properly?

Believe it or not, all you need to do is to use it regularly and provide simple routine maintenance. Not convinced? If the motor in your diesel generator has leftover gas in the carburetor you risk clogging the idle jets. The lacquer that forms from the leftover gas can also stop the generator mid-use. And the best part is that all of this could have been avoided if you had only powered up your generator once in a while. There are other similar problems caused only by the fact that your diesel generator has not been used for a long time.

To avoid these issues, simply power up the generator once per month and let it run for at least half an hour. This will help the new gas permeate the fuel system and oil up the insides of the motor. This also helps as it spins the bearings inside the electric part of the device. Knowing this now you realize how something as simple as powering the generator up could have saved you on expensive repairs or replacements. But this is only one way to keep your generator primed and ready for use.

Keeping the Air Cleaner – Clean

The air filter inside your generator is meant to police the air that enters the generator, allowing only clean air into the motor. However, if not cleaned regularly, the dirt that gathers on the filter restricts and sometimes even completely prevents the intake of air, which makes for a rich fuel mix. Because of this, the efficiency of the generator is reduced and you risk causing serious damage to the internal components. To prevent this, keep your air filter clean by blowing them with compressed air or washing them with mild soap and water solution.

In case you haven’t cleaned the filters in a while, replacing them might be necessary. If you don’t feel comfortable enough handling the equipment yourself, schedule routine maintenance with a trustworthy San Diego Onan Generator Repair specialist.
  1. Make Contact
Please enter a name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Please enter a valid phone number.
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
I Would Like More Information About:

Invalid Input
Send me your newsletter:

Invalid Input

Our Guarantee

At PCE, we pledge to provide you with the highest level of integrity and expertise; to recommend only what’s good for you and your situation; to use all resources possible to minimize downtime; to give the best value for your dollar; and to stand by our work and our word.

Contact Us

Corporate Headquarters
1620 Rigel Street
San Diego, CA 92113
Phone: (619) 235-0961
Fax: (619) 233-5096 
Diesel & Motor Division
3376 Main Street
San Diego, CA 92113
Phone: (619) 235-0961
Fax: (619) 687-0038 
99-1221 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, HI 96701-3281
Phone: (808) 486-6600
Fax: (808) 845-1652 
920 West Marine View Drive
Everett, WA 98201-1300
Phone: (425) 257-9065
Fax: (425) 259-6851