Boating How-To’s - Are you supposed to dump fuel/water contents?
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07-14-2012, 11:56 AM
I use a Sierra 10micron fuel/water seperator. Am I supposed to dump the contents each time after going out? It does not have the vue bowl..so if it has water it just stays full right? Im guessing I am supposed to empty it between replacement intervals?
07-14-2012, 12:07 PM
No, inspect and you can see the fuel floating above the water in the clear bowl, if there is any water that is. I usually never have to drain mine between filter changes. The clear bowl is always full, doesn't mean there is water in it.
07-14-2012, 12:14 PM
Mine does not have the bowl...im going to buy one. I have the closed one piece. But in the mean time i was wondering.
07-14-2012, 12:55 PM
just check it by dumping it in a bucket and see if there is any water in it and you can get a feel of how often you need to do that. Depending on what boat you have, how old it is, the condition of your tanks, the condition of the file you get, and your usage of the boat it can need to dumped every trip or just very occasionally, like once a year.
07-15-2012, 05:14 PM
The filters, Raycor, with the clear bowls, are for outboard installations, where there are no closed spaces to contain fuel vapors. The closed ones are for either outboard or inboard installations.
Once a year is usually enough to replace and check the filter. I always empty it into some container so I can see what is in it and how much.
If you shop the replacements, they are not much.
If you are concerned with the quality of your fuel, take it off and empty it. Put a bit of oil on the gasket and put it back on.
Good Luck out there.