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Ventura16 posted 06-01-2002 09:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for Ventura16   Send Email to Ventura16  
I tried to change the filter on my fuel separator yesterday, and try as I might, I can't get the darn thing loose. Anybody got any good suggestions I could try?

It is not a Racor...appears to be a Sierra brand...and it is located deep inside the motorwell compartment of my 16 Ventura (same layout as a 16 Dauntless)...where it's hard to get a wrench on it and get much leverage.


Clark Roberts posted 06-01-2002 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Ventura, suggest you try to use a "strap wrench" (very handy tool box item... from Sears and other). When most fail the strap wrench does the job (many jobs).. hope for your success! Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek NaVY
Steve Leone posted 06-01-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
there are also socket style filter cartridge removers available. steve out
jimh posted 06-01-2002 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
When you finally get this one out, you might want to use some 2-stroke TCW-III oil to lubricate the rubber gasket on the next filter you install. That is probably what is stuck on the current one and making it hard to get it off.
DJS posted 06-02-2002 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     
Ventura 16, I had the same problem with mine, but my access wasn't as limited as yours (22 Outrage). I eventually bought a filter wrench, the common metal band type, that had three sets of bumps stamped into the metal (on the inside of the band). These bumps helped create a better hold on the filter, they slightly dented the canister. This wrench was bought at a local auto parts store. Even then I finally removed the filter bracket from the hull where I could have more control in what I was trying to do. I don't know how hard your's would be to take out where you can work on it, but it may be what you have to do. Jimh is right on with his advice about putting oil on the gasket. Hope this helps. David
Ventura16 posted 06-02-2002 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Thanks everyone for all the good advice! I'll try a strap wrench. The one I have is a "cam" works kind of like a pipe wrench...but I can't get enough leverage to break the filter free. The advice about oil on the gasket sounds like it will be a big help next time...


David Ratusnik posted 06-03-2002 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Ventura-- Had the same problem a couple years ago with a rusted in fuel/water separator. Finally removed the whole unit from the fuel lines. Screwed the top of the unit into a 2 x 6" using the holes that hold it into the boat. Went after it with a pipe wrench and walllla, unscrewed nicely. One guys approach. Good luck. David
Thom posted 06-03-2002 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Thom  Send Email to Thom     
I had to remove one of mine from the boat once to get the filter element loose as well. So in the end the bottom line is you gotta do what you gotta do. What I wanted to say is that the oil on the threads and seal is something to do but in the end doesn't really seem to help all that much. What's far more important is not to over tighten the new one in the first place. That's just an observation I've made over time, take it as you like. Oh, I've also found that when I've had to remove the entire unit to get the filer off (which has been more than once) that I can wedge the holder into the frame rales of the trailer and then put some serious ooomph on the filter wrench (a length of pipe over the handel) to break the element loose.


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