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Old 09-05-2018, 14:50   #1
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Checking for water in fuel

I'm new to boat maintenance. My boat has a Racor R20P fuel filter with water separator on the bottom. The reading I've done suggests that this should be checked before each run and any water should be drained.

Question - how does it look if there is water in it? I've include pictures and it looks like the fuel is fine to me. Am I correct?
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Re: Checking for water in fuel

Water will look a milky brownish color, (caramel) at the bottom of the filter, Your photo's don't show the bottom.
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Old 09-05-2018, 16:22   #3
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Re: Checking for water in fuel

Open the drain and drain a little out into a clear or white container. Youíll see any water if itís in there and it will be the first thing to drain.
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Re: Checking for water in fuel

It will layer at the bottom of the clear bowl or will show a milky like fluid. Your fuel looks fine.
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Re: Checking for water in fuel

On second look there appears to be some residue - as mentioned above, drain it out and keep sailing.
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Re: Checking for water in fuel

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, Your photo's don't show the bottom.
Pictures are upside-down. And yes it looks like there's a little water there. You unscrew the drain valve (the black thing with a hose barb) to open it. I drain into an old spaghetti-sauce jar, which is kept in the POL locker on deck until I can dispose of it properly ashore. Many marinas have collection points for used oil, bilge water, etc.
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Re: Checking for water in fuel

If you can get a stick to the bottom of your tank, use Water Finding Paste to see how much water is in the tank. A weighted string can be used also.
https://www.amazon.com/Kolor-Kut-Oun...70_&dpSrc=srch
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