If you’re the proud new owner of a Champion generator, or if you’re considering buying one in the near future, then knowing the available Champion generator parts can keep you on top of maintenance and repairs.
Modern generators require less maintenance than ever before, but there are still times where you will need to change the oil, replace a filter, or maybe even replace a high-use part such as a starter pulley.
Knowing some of the most common Champion generator parts in advance can help you prepare for any situation, and some of these are so affordable that you can even keep them on hand in case they are needed in the future.
Champion Power Equipment
Having a Champion in the home offers you greater peace of mind and security and allows you to be prepared for any emergency. It is important to understand how to keep up with the care and maintenance of your Champion power equipment, so you don’t find yourself lacking the proper tools you need in an emergency.
Basic Maintenance Parts and Accessories
There are a few key elements to keeping a generator in top condition:
- Fuel needs to be topped up, and fresh fuel should always be used
- Oil needs to be checked and topped up every time that you use the generator
- Air filters should be cleaned regularly
- The spark plug should be replaced annually, or as per manufacturer recommendations
Fuel is key to the efficient running of your generator, and for the most part, you will never have a problem obtaining fresh fuel. If you’re planning to run your generator, then you can purchase fuel from your local fill-up station.
In some cases, you may even want to store fuel at home, but you do need to make sure that you keep it fresh.
Fuel Stabilizer for Your Champion Portable Generator
A high-quality fuel stabilizer can keep generator gas fresh for periods of one to three years. The exact length of time will depend on the fuel stabilizer that you use. There’s an official Champion generator parts fuel stabilizer that you can use when storing fuel at home, and the product will even help to clean the fuel system while your generator is running.
You can purchase fuel in single packs (good for one treatment), or you could spend a little more and purchase a pack of 12 for long term use. Fuel stabilizer can be picked up for less than $10 when you are ordering a single pack. If you want to run the stabilizer that has been designed specifically for the engine in your generator, then look for Champion Brands 4205M-1 Fuel Stabilizer.
Selecting the Right Oil for Your Generator
When it comes to oil, there are a number of brands that you can use to keep your generator running without causing damage to the engine internals. Oils for automotive and small engine use are quite similar, but you’ll need to make sure you get the right grade for your climate.
If you want to be safe and get the best possible oil that works in a range of temperatures, then look for synthetic 5W-30 oil. This oil will be suitable for temperatures ranging from -20 Fahrenheit, all the way up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Synthetic oils are also less destructive to the environment because they aren’t based on crude oil.
Champion Brands produce the SynGold 5W-30 oil that would be suitable for any of their gas-powered generators.
You could also use Briggs & Stratton SAE 5W-30, which meets the same grade and is also of premium quality.
If you need a more general purpose oil and if you won’t be dealing with significant climate variations, then you could opt for a 10W-30 or 10W40 oil.
A high-quality oil like the Yamalube 10W-40 has been designed by Yamaha for portable generators and similar devices.
Champion Generator Parts – Air Filters
Clean air is essential for the efficient running of any engine. Any time that dust and debris enter the air-fuel mix, there is potential for performance to be degraded, and small particles could even damage the engine of your generator over time.
If your Champion generator features a replaceable air filter, then this can easily be cleaned with a mild detergent and left to dry before being reinserted into the generator.
After prolonged use, the generator may become visibly clogged, or it may even start to deteriorate and fall apart.
Air filter parts vary from model to model, and you can consult your manual for the exact part number. When in doubt, Champion customer service will be able to provide detailed information on a replacement air filter.
In many cases, it’s much more affordable to purchase the entire air cleaner assembly, which will allow you to replace the filter foam, along with the plastic housing.
Take the JXParts Air Filter Cleaner Housing as an example. It is equivalent to Champion generator parts for models like the C42013, C42412, and C42431.
If you simply want to replace the foam in your air cleaner and your housing is still in good condition, then you can cut your own piece of foam from a generic part. Simply follow the pattern of your old filter, and you’ll have a brand new insert.
If you do decide to go with this option, make sure you use high-quality filter foam from a reputable manufacturer.
A fine sheet of Uni Filter Foam can be used for generators and other small engines and comes in a 12” x 16” sheet that can be cut to size.
If you require coarse filter foam, then you can purchase the Uni Filter BF-2.
Remember to swap like-for-like if you are replacing filter foam by cutting your own sheet.
Spark Plugs for Champion Generators
Without the right spark plug, your generator engine could misfire, stutter, or not run at all. A bad quality or incorrect spark plug could reduce the efficiency of your generator and may even reduce the power output. For these reasons, choosing the right spark plug is critical.
Thankfully, the spark plug is one of the easiest Champion generator parts to find, and also one of the most affordable. Spark plugs should be replaced annually and should usually coincide with a full oil change. Different Champion generators will use different spark plugs, depending on the design and the size of the motor.
As with all models from the company, you’ll find a comprehensive parts list in the manual, detailing the exact specifications for your unit.
If we look at the Champion 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator as an example, the manual will state that it requires an NGK BPR6ES spark plug or equivalent.
This is a common spark plug used for Champion generator parts, and also for Honda and other manufacturers. Plugs can be purchased in singles or in sets.
With the NGK (7131-4PK) spark plug set priced at less than $10, it makes sense to keep some spark plugs on hand in case of a failure and for any future maintenance.
Replacement Pull-Cord System for Champion Generators
Your new Champion generator will come with a three-year limited warranty, and most parts will usually exceed that lifetime. If you keep a generator for longer than three years, then you could find that the pull cord system is one of the first Champion generator parts to fail.
This is not a quality issue or a design oversight but is simply caused because this is one of the most often used and highly stressed parts.
You can find affordable third-party equivalent replacements that will work perfectly on your Champion generator, such as this Poweka New Recoil Starter.
Designed for 3000, 3500, and 4000-watt generators, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to purchase one of these and keep it stored for any potential failure in the future.
Know Your Maintenance Schedule
Basic maintenance is relatively simple and will help to prolong the life of your investment. Inexperienced users will have no trouble performing basic maintenance such as spark plug changes, filter changes, oil changes, and fuel stabilization.
For more advanced work such as engine component replacements, it’s advisable to contact Champion directly to locate your nearest authorized repair person.
- If you are using your generator daily, then the oil level needs to be checked every 8 hours. Generators can burn oil even when running well, so you’ll need to make sure that oil is topped up to prevent any damage to your Champion generator parts.
- Oil needs to be topped up on first use and replaced within the first 5 hours. This will remove any residual debris from the first startup of the engine.
- Air filters should be replaced every 50 hours, or annually; whichever comes first. Keep note of how often and for how long you use your generator so that you can keep within the maintenance schedule.
- Oil should be changed every 100 hours or annually; whichever comes first. Oil should also be changed more regularly if you are operating your generator in an extremely hot environment.
- The spark plug should be cleaned, adjusted, and checked every 100 hours or annually. A corroded or degraded spark plug should be replaced immediately. A spark plug can be replaced before this time if it becomes damaged or if your generator engine is stuttering, misfiring, or otherwise showing signs of poor ignition. Spark plug gap should be adjusted to 0.7mm – 0.8mm in most cases, and you can confirm this measurement in your specific user manual.
By sticking to a maintenance schedule and knowing the right parts to buy, you’ll be able to enjoy your Champion generator for many years to come.
Champion and Generator FAQ
What is the warranty for my Champion generator?
The warranty covers the original purchaser for the mechanical and electrical components of the generator to make sure it is free of defects. It is in effect for one year for parts and labor and two years from the original purchase date for a total of three years.
What are the exclusions of my Champion warranty?
The warranty excludes any typical wear and tear to the unit as well as issues resulting from the end of the unit’s lifecycle. Additionally, if you fail to keep up with the maintenance of the unit, the warranty may be voided. Make sure to keep up with spark plugs, air filters, adjustments, and fuel system cleaning to keep your warranty intact.
How much maintenance is required?
Just as you would perform regular maintenance on your car, you will want to do the same for your generator. Regular tune-ups, oil changes, and filter changes are required to keep the generator running in optimal condition.
How do I select the right generator?
When looking for the best generator for your needs, you want to consider what the generator will be used for. How much emergency backup power will you need? You can then match your system to the existing circuits in your electrical panel, which helps take the guesswork out of finding the correct size.
If you’re still looking for your first generator, then make sure you check our Champion generator overview in our top RV generator feature, and you could also take a look at all of our comprehensive portable inverter generator reviews for ideas on other brands that could meet your needs.