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What is the fuel capacity of the Briggs and Stratton 5550 watt generator and what type of motor oil does it neet?

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Hello, probably a really good guess is 2 1/2 to 3 gals. Oil type I would use cleaing additive multi-temperatur 10/15 or 10/20 well know brank. Synethic oil I don't know how well does it work in an air cool engine. GB...stewbison

Posted on Sep 29, 2011

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    I HAVE USED A SYNETHIC OIL IN A LAWN MOWER AND IT STARTED TO GET REALLY HOT I THOUGHT THAT I BURNED THE MOTOR UP BECAUSE IT GOT SO HOT

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