I vaguely remember an issue with the Racor
500 filter elements. Something about new filters in old filter housings and/or vice versa. I just pulled my filter and it's different than the filters the PO left with the boat. The used filter has an indentation in the bottom and there is a rubber bushing on the center shaft of the filter housing that fits into this filter indentation. The filters that came with the boat don't have this indentation. If I leave the rubber bushing in place with these filters, the top of the filter sits higher than the filter, with the indentation, that was installed. Haven't tried yet but looks like I could still get the lid on with the flat bottomed filters and the bushing in place with a little persuasion. I've looked at the Racor
sight and googled 'Racor Filter problems' but nothing has come up specifically about the filter issue. I've got another NOS filter assembly that is the same as the one installed.
1. Do I leave this bushing in place with these flat bottom filters??
2. Is the filter that was installed with the indentation, the new style filter or the old??
3. Do I have the old or new filter style filter housing and/or how do I tell the difference other than this bushing.
4. If the bushing needs to be removed for use with these flat bottomed filters, do I need to hang on to it or is it included with the indented filters??
After sailing to Hawaii
and over a 100 hours since last filter change, my diesel
filter totally loaded up with crud. Put over a 100 hours on the engine
since the last filter change. Looks like I'm going to be getting a lot of experience changing filters as the crud in th 40 year old fuel tank
seems to have gotten stirred up on that little sail. The fuel
in the fuel
bowl had the consistency of pudding. Had to totally disassmble the filter to clean it as the depsits wouldn't flush out of the filter bowl. Yes, I am using BIOBOR. This is the first filter change that I've done myself. Had an issue with the engine
and the diesel mechanic
did the last and only change since I've owned the boat..