SailNet Community - View Single Post - Fuel Filters for Dummies
View Single Post
  #1  
Old 07-19-2010
Classic30's Avatar
Classic30 Classic30 is online now
Once known as Hartley18
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 4,489
Thanks: 28
Thanked 42 Times in 42 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Classic30 will become famous soon enough Classic30 will become famous soon enough
Fuel Filters for Dummies

(Shamelessly cross-posted from A-S - because I'm an impatient bugger.. but you probably knew that already!!)


Just wondering if I'm missing something here.. Here's a pic of our fuel filter:



As I see it, there are two main controls - the fuel shut-off valve (yep, I can handle that ) and the drain valve. AIUI, any water in this thing will settle to the bottom and show clear, relative to the yellowish diesel above it (in the pic above, you can just see the line above the bottom of the bowl).

Opening the drain, I get pretty much straight diesel out and the yellow/clear level doesn't change. Upon closer inspection, it seems that, from the location of the bleed point in the chamber, there needs to be about 1" of water in this thing before I can drain any out with the bottom bleed...?

My questions:

1. The drain plug is extremely hard to close off without it leaking diesel. Is it supposed to be this hard to shut off, or am I missing something?

2. Is there supposed to be water in the bowl at all times?

3. If not, how do I drain the water out??


Thanks,
__________________
-
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"

Last edited by Classic30; 07-19-2010 at 03:14 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook