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I have a DurStar 7200 generator that has stopped running after 30 mins. The low oil light was lit on the control panel. I added a quart. Now it will not run more then 30 sec. Any suggestions?thanks Doug Book

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Since I believe the total oil capacity would be about 1.1 liter (not much more than a quart), you probably over filled it now.
When the low oil light comes on, it is supposed to stop.
Which it did.
So there was unlikely any harm.
But it probably still had half a quart in it, and not it probably have over 1.5 quarts.
If the piston can hit the oil, it will blow the bearings.
Unfortunately I can't find a manual to see capacity for sure.
And there is a diesel as well as gasoline version.
So all I can suggest is to drain all the oil, see how much you have in it, and put in just the right amount. There should be a full level or dipstick (probably with pint marks you mistook for quarts).

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