Kohler Generator Air Filter

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by scottb80, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. scottb80

    scottb80 Member

    I'm hoping someone has found a resource on the net for cross referencing my Kohler Confidant 5 generator air filter to something a little cheaper and more readily available, like a Fram or Napa. The Kohler number is a 278612, but when I went to a Napa store, they couldn't find a cross for it in their computer, and the guy didn't seem to willing to go back and try to find it by size. Anyone out there that can help me?
     
  2. bpe

    bpe Junior Member

    RE: Kohler Generator Air Filter

    Kohler air filters are top quality and designed for their engines for top performance and protection. Many cheap imatations are inferior to Kohler. I once was a Kohler dealer and have seen first hand engine failure due to cheap filters. Paying a premium price for a premium engine and putting cheap service parts on them is not wise. But in answer to your question, most any small engine dealer has filters for your Kohler in stock and probably a cheap imatation also if you want it. i stocked both because some customers never learn until it's too late and I didn't need to loose sales.
     
  3. Pancanbob

    Pancanbob Senior Member

    RE: Kohler Generator Air Filter

    Consumer Reports did a test on “Name Brand “oil filters :eek: , a few years ago and found that the generic were as good as the “Brand Name” and a few were better. This may not apply to air filters or
    If you put an filer that is too small.
    Is your unit still under warranty? If so better stay with Kohler, other brand my invalidate the warranty. :angry: :(
    For what it is worth.

    :) :) :)
     
  4. scottb80

    scottb80 Member

    RE: Kohler Generator Air Filter



    Warranty? I don't think so, it' got over 1100 hours on the hour meter on the dash and I believe it's the original genset in this '92 motor home. Still seems to run well and starts quickly, so I assume it's got a lot of life in it :question: How long do generators last???

    I changed the oil, oil filter and spark plug today, just for a point of reference and was going to change the air filter but couldn't find one, which prompted this thread. The one that's in it is in pretty good shape, but still would like to change it out. The oil filter that I took out was a NAPA 1348, so obviously, this has been crossed by the previous owner.
     
  5. Pancanbob

    Pancanbob Senior Member

    RE: Kohler Generator Air Filter

    Hi Scott
    I don’t think anyone can say with any degree of certainty how long anything will run. :)
    I will all depend on what kind of maintenance it has received :eek: , and how was it treated :dead: . Was it started, allowed to worm up before loading:( , was it overloaded?:( Was it allowed run without load before shutting down.:(
    I don’t know much about small gas generators :bleh: . But it is a gas motor, so it should be about the same as a car.
    Is it using oil? :question:
    How hard is it to start? :question:
    Look at the exhaust, if it white you are burning oil, black running too rich ( air/fuel mix is bad)
    Can you run a compression test? That will tell you a lot :approve:

    Maybe the second poster can get you information on what the Cylinder pressure :approve: should be for a compression test. For a car is it around 180 PSI. :approve: But that depends on make & model
    Hope this helps
    :) :) :) :clown: :shy: :approve: :approve:
     

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