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Re: Plastic bolts! $&@$?
Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife
I've had one of those
Doing a simple oil and filter change so head to the chandlery for oil and filters.
Start with the Racor which should take precisely 3 seconds to change the filter.
But theres gunk in the bowl. So I open the stupid reverse direction valve to clear it, but the gunk won't come out. So I pull the whole Racor out - who mounts them there
? And pull it apart and clean it but cant get to all the gunk so unscrew the plastic bolt in the side of the bowl.
Plastic bolt breaks.
Back to the chandlery for an $11 plastic Racor bolt.
Fix fuel system, and final fuel filter and run engine to make sure fuel is OK and warm the oil for extraction.
Pump out the oil, replace with new oil... THEN realise I didnt change the bloody oil filter!
Pump out the cold new oil now mixed with old oil.
Back to the chandlery 3 time in a day for more oil.
Wasted $30 of oil.
Mark--The next time you need to clean the sediment bowl, the easiest method is to use a pressurized can of WD-40 with the long plastic straw attached. With the filter element removed from the filter canister, the WD-40 straw can be inserted through the vanes of the vortex generator. A few blasts of the WD-40 at several different positions will dislodge the debris that will collect at the bottom of the bowl. A splash of diesel will wash it out nicely. It may take a few "cycles" to completely clean the bowl but the process does work quite nicely. On our boat I have a plastic tube connected the the "drain" spout on the underside of the sediment bowl. By connecting this to a small bronze hand pump I am easily able to suction out the debris in the sediment bowl. The small amount of WD-40 that remains in the bowl easily mixes with the fuel and creates no problems.
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Last edited by svHyLyte; 12-16-2014 at 06:30 PM.
Reason: correct typo