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Old 10-04-2018, 08:18 PM   #1
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Westerbeke fuel filter change

I have put off changing the fuel filters on my Westerbeke generator. Well it bit me on the arse the other day on a 6 hr trip homewhen it quit running.It would start back up but only run for about three minutes. I checked the solenoid and it was good. I decided it had to be fuel filters. This is my first filter change on the generator.
When I was putting my parts list together to order very thing for filter change I noticed that the PO had a 2 micron on the racor. I thought that was a little strange so I ordered a 10micron instead and ordered both filters for the engine.
The racor was pretty funky when I pulled it off and I don’t know why but there WAS NOT any filter in the lift pump.The other filter was pretty nasty as well.
I changed out all filters. The PO installed a inline hand bulb to fill the Racor and that made it a little less messy . I fired it up and let it run for about thirty minutes , so far so good .
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Using a 2 micron element isn't a problem with a larger Racor separator. I have a 500 series separator in front of my 8KW Onan generator. The 500 series is rated for 60 GPH. My Onan maximum consumption is 1 GPH. There is a tremendous amount of surface area in the filter element. So it trapping more particles isn't a problem. I usually change both the Racor element and the engine fuel filter once a year, just to be safe. In the overall cost of boating, fuel filters are a negligible cost.

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This is a 230 series Racor . I wonder why the PO removed the filter from the lift pump .
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These filters are also common as an add on to PU diesels to stop water problems. If you don't have trouble using a 2 micron, there are many advantages to have really clean fuel. Longer pump and injector life, cleaner tanks, etc. I've been running 2 micron filters in my primaries for the last 7 years w/o problems, but I use a fuel conditioner and make an effort to buy clean, fresh fuel.
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This is a 230 series Racor . I wonder why the PO removed the filter from the lift pump .
Because a PO's mechanic knew enough to know it was there, it was clogged, but did not have a replacement handy. It is not really needed (70 micron) with a Racor upstream.
When I checked mine for the first time it looked like one of those ugly Steve D'Antonio pictures!
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