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Old 09-04-2011, 09:06 AM
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Default Emptying Water Separation Filter on Mercury Optimax Engine

We have a 2001 18ft boston whaler with a mercury optimax engine. Had some trouble with the water separation filter and water in the controls earlier this season. Mechanic fixed it all and told us that we would need to empty the water separation filter occassionally. Boat was running great until yesterday-lost power and had to ride back to marina with sound alarm going off (constant at times) and with minimum power (riding with no wake). Mechanic hasn't got back to me, seeing that its a holiday weekend, can anyone explain how to find/empty the water separation filter? Never worked on boats but very common sense minded and follow direction well. Mechanic said the filter is located on the motor. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you, MalsWhaler
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We have a 2001 18ft boston whaler with a mercury optimax engine. Had some trouble with the water separation filter and water in the controls earlier this season. Mechanic fixed it all and told us that we would need to empty the water separation filter occassionally. Boat was running great until yesterday-lost power and had to ride back to marina with sound alarm going off (constant at times) and with minimum power (riding with no wake). Mechanic hasn't got back to me, seeing that its a holiday weekend, can anyone explain how to find/empty the water separation filter? Never worked on boats but very common sense minded and follow direction well. Mechanic said the filter is located on the motor. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you, MalsWhaler

what size of Motor?

If it is a V6 there´s a white filter loacted on the port side of the motor, screw it of, empty it and screw it on....
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