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PAR filter ahead of bilge pump

On my Beneteau 300 there is a PAR filter ahead of my bilge pump which needs cleaning . How do I open this filter
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I can't say for sure without more information, but I'm assuming there is a filter basket with a cylindrical shape that sits perpendicular to a base with in and out hose connections. This cylindrical piece should unscrew from it's base, but you might find a screw locking it in place that needs to be removed first. If there is such a screw, it will be at the top center of the cylinder at the end away from the hose connections. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Just curious, why would you have a filter on the bilge pump? A filter would seriously reduce the capacity of most bilge pumps. I can understand having a strainer basket, since you might want to prevent debris from entering the pump, especially if it is a diaphragm type pump—but a filter isn't a good idea.
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If you are referring to the strainer, the plastic top simply unscrews although it may take a little effort. If it's really stubborn/tight, wrap a rag arounfd it and pour a kettle of hot water over it and wait a few minutes. The plastic will expand a bit and make it a little easier to remove.

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PARfilter ahead of bilge pump

Thanks for prompt answers. I think I should have said strainer , not filter .Sorry . I was scared of breaking the strainer ; now I will try with hot water or take out screw or both . Thank you
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I wouldn't put anything more restrictive than this before a bilge pump - never a screen strainer.
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