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Old 12 February 2007, 21:07   #1
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Fuel Filter

Not too sure if this should be here. I have a Ribcraft 585. Its fully serviced but I have a sneaky feeling the service doesn't have anything to do with the filter thats fitted on the fuel line and resides inside the console.
My question is, what does this filter do and should I be opening it up and having a look inside. The boat is 2 years old now. The filter has a single large brass nut on top. If I undo that will I be able to take the filter out. Then can I just empty it and be happy that it will carry on doing its job. I don't really want to be getting stuck in the English channel with a filter full of water. Although JK might be have a quiet chuckle if I do.

From a complete noob can I have some advice please.
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Old 12 February 2007, 22:43   #2
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Can you post a pic of it? It's hard to tell without seeing it which/what type of filter it is.
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if its a ribcraft fitted item it will be super easy to do, just a simple cannister filter, and definately take it out and understand how it works ,clean it and replace cannister, they are pretty cheap the disposable ones!!
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Here goes for the pic. Looks like I lied about the brass nut. In fact it looks just like a car oil filter.

Is it just a case of unscrewing anti clockwise ?

Is it also a part that is replaced on an engine service ?

Can I take it off empty it out and re use it ?

Any idea of the part number ?

Many thanks.
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Here goes for the pic. Looks like I lied about the brass nut. In fact it looks just like a car oil filter.

Is it just a case of unscrewing anti clockwise ?

Is it also a part that is replaced on an engine service ?

Can I take it off empty it out and re use it ?

Any idea of the part number ?

Many thanks.
It may have a washable element but I don't think so

I'd talk to www.asap-supplies.com as they can probably do you a replacment cartridge if required and may be able to offer a water seperator unit to bolt on

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Nick looks like a quicksilver type and no you can't re-use it, not cheap to replace either. You might want to think about changing the whole thing for one of the CAV type with filter and glass bowl, that way you can see the petrol, its colour and if there is any water in it. CAV type are about £36 from a Diesel pump specialist like Panda in Fareham or E Bay. They say not for petrol, but the one on the club boat was fitted in 97 and has only had one filter change since then and still going fine. Replacement CAV filters are £3 each, worth having a couple of spares.

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You could try what I've done as well-one of these and an inline fuel filter for a car which are about 50p each from a motor factors. Just make sure you get the car filter for the biggest engine you can find.
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Looks like a combination fuel filter/water separator. Spin on cartridge, should run about $40 or so (more or less; depends on the brand, I suppose) for the canister element. They are not meant to be reused. The brass nut (I assume you're talking about the left hand side of the picture) is a plug to a second inlet/outlet pair. The element you show simply spins off or on.

I prefer the Racor filters with the clear plastic bowl (you can see any trapped water, and drain it out from a little valve at the bottom.)

One word of caution: if the filter element clogs due to water or dirt, you won't get fuel to the motor (or at least, not enough.) Might be a good idea to carry a spare filter element, especially if you can't be sure about getting water in the tank, or dirty fuel from the pump.

Unrelated note: There are stainless steel mounting brackets available; the painted aluminum ones tend to look really crappy after a season or so. (Not that I'm commenting on the condition of your RIB, of course...)

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One word of caution: if the filter element clogs due to water or dirt, you won't get fuel to the motor (or at least, not enough.) Might be a good idea to carry a spare filter element, especially if you can't be sure about getting water in the tank, or dirty fuel from the pump.


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Thanks for that. This is what I'm thinking. So best to be prepared.

With regards the state of the filter. It does look bad in the picture. Its mainly yellow dust from the gelcoat after I'd done some drilling to fit speakers and CD player etc, and you can just start to see the paint lifting. Must give it another hoover. Funny how photos make some things look worse.
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Is the consol the best place for the fuel filter? I thought most were on the transom.
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