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Plastic bolts! $&@$?

I've had one of those days.

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.



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Only three trips? good day if you ask me!
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I've had one of those days.

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.



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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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Nice tricks!! Thanks for those ideas.
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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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About the only thing WD-40 is really good at is cleaning. It will take off adhesive goo, and black marks off of fiberglass too. Just be sure to clean it off afterwards.
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About the only thing WD-40 is really good at is cleaning. It will take off adhesive goo, and black marks off of fiberglass too. Just be sure to clean it off afterwards.
Ahh but back when I were a lad on the tools in Scotland I would often be called out to Mini which had come to a halt on a wet day.

Lift the bonnet, give the electrics a wee skoosh and it would fire right up.

I admit with a little shame to selling my 'only' can for 10 times it's shelf price to punters who had just seen the magic restart trick on quite a few occasions.
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Re: Plastic bolts! $&@$?

Hey,

Why couldn't you just change the oil filter? Why did you have to pump out the new oil?

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Hey,

Why couldn't you just change the oil filter? Why did you have to pump out the new oil?

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Hi Barry,

If i unscrewed the oil filter I would have lost all the oil into the engine pan. So I had to pump it out anyway.

When I did the oil looked pretty murkey... It was definitly at the 150 hours, maybe a few seconds more, so I opted for a new gallon of oil.

So now I have a gallon with about 2 cups old oil in it. Being loath to waste that much money I am wondering what to do with it.

Any ideas?


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Re: Plastic bolts! $&@$?

WD40, the clue is in the name. WD - water displacement. That's what it's good for - displacing water from electrics, for example that low down Mini distributor! It was never supposed to be a lubricant, OR a penetrating fluid, but if you start using it for displacing water, you'll find out it's really good at it.
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