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Old 30-10-2012, 14:38   #1
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How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

I installed one of the 500 series filtration units earlier this year. We took some good bashing getting from Fiji to Tonga and it left some black residue on the fuel turbine fins on the unit. How do I get it off?
I've opened the bottom screw and turned on the small pump motor I use to bleed the system and the stuff stays on the turbine fins.
Any suggestions short of taking the entire thing apart?
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

Take a look at Maine Sail's web site for a detailed how to.
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

That's a great source for the members Deep, definitely worth a bookmark. Thanks!

I fixed the spelling of Racor, which is why you see the "edited".
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

I've just taken mine apart and cleaned them with a paper towel, then put them back together. Am I missing something here?
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

By "taking it apart", did you just take out the filter or did you totally dismantle the entire unit(take off the bottom cup assemble). If you took it apart, was it difficult? Need to replace seals?
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I've just taken mine apart and cleaned them with a paper towel, then put them back together. Am I missing something here?
I don't know. Take a look at the instructions and see.
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

You can get a rebuild kit for the 500. If it has been a long time or you do not know when it was last rebuilt it is probably a good idea to get new seals.
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

Just put it in a couple of months ago.
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

I have pulled mine apart half a dozen times over the last 12 years , unscrewed the turbine ,washed it out with warm soapy water and dried with paper towels
I have never replaced a gasket, they remove in one piece
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By "taking it apart", did you just take out the filter or did you totally dismantle the entire unit(take off the bottom cup assemble). If you took it apart, was it difficult? Need to replace seals?
Yeah pretty much. I'm not the most mechanical guy so I just kind of made a note of what went wear. I know I got the fuel bowls off (they unscrewed, if I remember) and the little wingnuts on the bottom. With the bowls off do you think you'd have enough room to hand clean the rest or do you want to keep disassembling? It's been a while since I did it, fortunately my fuel has been pretty clean and I've been staying on top of things.
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

I took my unit apart and cleaned it every year before I left Trinadad for the next sailing season.
Knowing that I was delivering clean fuel to the injectors ment that I had one less thing to worry about.
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Re: How to clean a Racor 500 housing?

I took mine apart because it was totally gunned up. No problems putting it back together.
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