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Old 11 January 2013, 18:38   #1
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Fuel/Water separation filters

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I've been doing a few winter jobs on my boat and trailer including winterising the engine, a Mercury 90hp (4). Do I needto replace the separation filter every season? I had a new one fitted last spring and probably did no more than 25 hrs at sea all summer, due to the sh1t weather we had. I have dosed the remaining fuel in the tank with Startron to prevent the petrol going stale so i am thinking there may not be any need to change the filter?
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Old 12 January 2013, 02:34   #2
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I got my Searider in Germany / France and here in Kiev I do have already 7 years an Buster XL with a Yamaha F100 and both boats are equipped with a water separator .
The Buster I use here in Ukraine on the Dnepr river where I never have large waves or other critical weather conditions - except lightnings - and we have more people boating than having fish in the water . On this boat I drain every year the water separator but do not change the element ..
I do of course also all engine oil & filter changes , valve lash , check & change the oil in the lower unít etc ..
In case of having an issue I find within shortest time somebody who can help . On this boat I also dont have even a radio .
With the Searider I use to make trips - regardless of season - to remote areas or in choppy water where I cannot expect to get fast help if I need it .
On this boat I change the filter frequently regardless of high or low utilization of the boat during the season . Before the water separator I have even installed a pre cleaning screen in a glas bowl to see any contamination before it even goes into the separator .
On this boat I try to lower the risk of having an unexpected breakdown wherever I can and pay very much attention to preventative maintenance .
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Hi,
I've been doing a few winter jobs on my boat and trailer including winterising the engine, a Mercury 90hp (4). Do I needto replace the separation filter every season? I had a new one fitted last spring and probably did no more than 25 hrs at sea all summer, due to the sh1t weather we had. I have dosed the remaining fuel in the tank with Startron to prevent the petrol going stale so i am thinking there may not be any need to change the filter?
It's a tenner, get it changed you tight git
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Old 12 January 2013, 14:46   #5
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It's a tenner, get it changed you tight git
only a tenner! my local Merchant charged me £25 last year! Although it is a genuine Mercury Silverline filter. If I can get one for a tenner then thats a different thing.
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If it's not rusting and not colgging up (which will be hard to tell with an all-metal canister), it will be fine for 2 years.

That said, it's also cheap(ish) insurance to change it every year.

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