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Old 29 June 2004, 07:37   #11
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Both Racor and Separ make units that have the glass bowl, Racor is a 3 stage filter and Separ is a 5 stage I seem to remember.
I'm fitting a change over Separ unit I have just to be sure.
Not sure if the local motor factors have got similar items for less!
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Old 29 June 2004, 08:05   #12
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Old 29 June 2004, 10:40   #13
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I have a racor .... you must check them regularly for water as you can only see the water if the interface between water and fuel is below the top of the blue plastic viewing area. Once you get a lot of water in there the interface is high up inside the white filter and you cant see it.

Also as the plastic is blue and not clear its hard to tell from the colour of the liquid.

I normally check before and after every trip out as well as at every stop. A good way is to drain the fuel onto you hand, you can usually tell if its fuel or water. This is easier than just looking at it.
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Old 29 June 2004, 10:48   #14
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So where can you get these Racor filter from I suppose I can just replace my existing filter for one?
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Old 29 June 2004, 10:51   #15
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Old 29 June 2004, 11:14   #16
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Old 29 June 2004, 11:15   #17
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I think ASAP amoungst others do Racor
Or Keypart do Separ 01923 221490

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Old 29 June 2004, 12:09   #18
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That is what I have. As I said you have no idea of how much water may be in it. It could be none or it could be full.
The filter holds about 1L. That is a lot of water to get by condensation, but not a lot from a doggy fuel supply. If say you manage to take on 1.5L of water with your fuel, you will be trying to run the engine on water after about 1 mile if you burn 1L/mile. You then have to unscrew the filter, empty it, refit, prime, empty......... That is if you have worked out the engine has stopped because of water. At least if you can see water in the bowl you have a clue as to what might have stopped the engine.
On our Yam HPDI (and probably on Outnabouts engine) there is a "water in fuel sensor" inside the engine fuel filter that automatically limits the engine and trips the siren & water warning light on the instruments if there is water contamination, so you should be able to stop and sort the problem out. As we found out - it is a pain to pump all the water in the system out using the primer bulb. At least it helps you work out if your main/deck tank is contaminated - as long as you have good fuel to switch to!

(On the yam gauges the water warning light isnt documented for the RPM gauge, but you can find it under the fuel computer document. If like us you dont have the fuel computer, the warning symbol is on the RPM gague.)

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I believe the Racor filter fits onto the Merc\Mariner water separater filter bracket. To change from standard to drainable, I think the Racor filter with the drain bowl was around 50
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