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So I made a really dumb mistake and forgot to inspect a funnel I used to put oil into my brand new Honda 2200i generator. After filling the oil tank I realized I had previously used the funnel to pour sand into a basketball hoop base. It wasn't enough where I obviously saw it when I first picked up the funnel, but after pulling a paper towel through the funnel I saw probably ~50-100 pieces of fine sand drop out.

I immediately drained the oil from the engine (never added gas).

Any ideas on 1) how worried I should be and 2) how I might be able to clean out the oil tank?

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    Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Your question definitely on-topic for the site! Glad you could join us :o) – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 May 29 at 13:00
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 thanks appreciate it! – opsguy May 29 at 15:37
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The oil filter should pick up any remaining.

If it does not have a filter then what I have done in the past is to pour a half gallon or so of diesel into the oil reservoir and give it a shake then drain that out thoroughly and refill with clean oil.

A good learning experience is to clean all tools before putting them away - then this type of thing is less likely to happen.

I don't advise this, but a friend used to, on all his vehicles, drain the oil, fill with diesel, run for 1 minute then drain the diesel thoroughly and fill with clean oil. His engines all ran fine, but I never did that - too impatient I suppose.

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  • Definitely a learning experience :-( Thanks for the reply! I'm fairly certain there is no oil filter. If I have ethanol free trufuel should I use that instead of the diesel? – opsguy May 29 at 8:03
  • Running diesel instead of oil in an engine will strip all surfaces of lubrication and cause metal on metal rubbing when it is next started. While I think this is good advice in this case I wouldn't make it a practice. – GdD May 29 at 8:06
  • @GdD I advised giving it a shake in this case, as the OP did not run the engine there would be no need. The running was what my friend used to do and I did not. – Solar Mike May 29 at 8:12
  • Reading your answer may lead people to think that running diesel in place of oil as part of an oil change is a good idea, when it isn't @SolarMike. – GdD May 29 at 8:16
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    @GdD you said it: "Diesel has less lubricating properties" that does not mean diesel has no lubricating properties. Otherwise my injectors would have failed long before now and they are on 220K... – Solar Mike May 29 at 13:06

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