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Old 09-24-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Lessons Learned When Changing Racor Filters

Well had an interesting changing the fuel filters. Never doing it before it was trial and error. Let's set this up. Full tanks and some nasty stuff seen thru the bottom glass. Lesson learned:

1. Turn off full fuel tanks before loosening "T" handle. Saves clean up time.
2. Don't stick an oil change pan under filter assembly, then drain fuel into it, only to lean you can't tip pan to remove without dumping all the fuel.
3. Take lots of rags!
4. Have fresh fuel to rinse assembly
5. Take a 5 gallon bucket with you to put contaminated fuel in.....but make sure you have a place to get rid of it.
6. Take your wedding ring off as the fuel will cause it to slip off into the bilge
7. Don't put items on the engines as you will forget them
8. When refilling make sure the valve on the bottom is closed
9. Last but not least, remember to turn the fuel valves on at the tanks before you start your engines!

The second filter went a little better.....
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
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Great things to remember! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:47 AM   #3
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My racor 500 filters have guages on top where the average has the T handle. I've never changed the filters myself, so assuming the guage on top turns in the same way the T handles do. Am I on the right track?
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:41 AM   #4
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Thanks ASD

I learned about number 5 after a late night checkover to ensure all was ready prior to a big family cruise the next day
Ten minutes into the journey, a loud bang from the engine, then screeching and smoke. Major disaster! Shut down engine and inspect.

I found my dolphin flashlight which I used the previous night had fallen off the top of the engine and wedged itself next to the alternator pulley, now chewed up and half melted.
A big relief after expecting the worst.


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Old 09-25-2013, 06:36 AM   #5
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I slide a good quality plastic bag up over the filter body to catch fuel dribbles, then empty the bag into a container. Menards has the best plastic bags for the task, Home Depot and Harbor Freight are so, so, grocery stores and Walmart the worst. Always grab a fistful of extra Menards bags at checkout and make a run for it.
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Racor 500's (x3) --- I use a mustard squeeze bottle (pressure wash) and a long zip-tie (agitator) to clean the inside of the glass with a super-size ZipLok baggie underneath the drain. Baggie is also where the old filters go.

**The only problem I have is that I have to have fresh fuel to refill. I'm still working out a way to retrieve it from onboard (planning a spigot off my manifold) so I don't have to carry a 1-gallon container of fuel everywhere we go.
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One more Racor tip:

Being slightly dyslexic I could never remember which way to turn the drain fitting to open (then close) it. I finally took a marker and wrote "Open" and "Close" near the drain on the appropriate side.

It's so nice to know which way to turn the drain fitting to shut it off while fuel is quickly filling the cup.
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Some really funny stuff! Happens to all of us. Changing my engine mounted filters was such a disaster yesterday that I'm going to eliminate them!
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Being slightly dyslexic I could never remember which way to turn the drain fitting to open (then close) it. I finally took a marker and wrote "Open" and "Close" near the drain on the appropriate side.
Ahhh... Good one! The weird thing is that the old 500's and the newer ones are different... And I have one of each! It's a bit maddening.
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I slide a good quality plastic bag up over the filter body to catch fuel dribbles, then empty the bag into a container. Menards has the best plastic bags for the task, Home Depot and Harbor Freight are so, so, grocery stores and Walmart the worst. Always grab a fistful of extra Menards bags at checkout and make a run for it.
Great idea!
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Keep a stack of diapers handy to make the job much cleaner. Many stores charge a buck a piece for them. A pack of 100 can be purchased online and delivered to your house for 30-50 cents per diaper.



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Keep a stack of diapers handy to make the job much cleaner. Many stores charge a buck a piece for them. A pack of 100 can be purchased online and delivered to your house for 30-50 cents per diaper.



Hey Fly, I have to hugh bags of these back at my dock......I own a Sea Ray!!!
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The trick I use is to have a couple Gatorade bottles full of clean fuel. Makes it easy and clean to add the fuel and top it off.
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Keep a stack of diapers handy to make the job much cleaner. Many stores charge a buck a piece for them. A pack of 100 can be purchased online and delivered to your house for 30-50 cents per diaper.



Al, that looks to be a decade's worth. Or does someone have leaking engines?
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On my Lehman 135, I replaced the on engine fuel filters which were a pain to replace with an additional Racor 500. Now not only can I replace the filter in less than a minute but the vacuum gauge warns me if it needs changing. In addition I eliminated one type of fuel filter.

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Tom, it's been interesting to see the various responses between the threads you posted this on. I'd have to give TF the first place medal for having the best quality of comments.
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Al, that looks to be a decade's worth. Or does someone have leaking engines?
That's good, Al. I see they are not onto what you really use them for.
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It made changing the genny filter a lot easier. But in CA the trouble comes when trying to depose of the dirty fuel.
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Al, that looks to be a decade's worth. Or does someone have leaking engines?
That IS a large supply, but they make great party favors at the dock parties. Every boater loves free and every boater needs oil diapers at one time or another. If you play it right, you can paylay a couple of diapers into a free night of drinking!

We all have leaky engines, Mark. Oh sure, your engine might not be leaking externally yet, but given enough time, it will. And when that day comes, you'll be wishing you had a few diapers to lay down.


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That's good, Al. I see they are not onto what you really use them for.
I'm not that old yet, Moon Man. But like I said to The Coot, we'll all get there eventually, so I'm prepared!

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It made changing the genny filter a lot easier. But in CA the trouble comes when trying to depose of the dirty fuel.
Tom, most landfills in the state can take 'hazardous waste', but it's supposed to come from residents, not out-of-state aliens like you. Of course, if you were an illegal alien, then we'd probably pay you to drop it off.
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