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Old 03-17-2019, 06:09 AM   #1
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Question Fuel / water seperator swap - before or after burning up old fuel?

I have about 60 gal in my tank from last year treated with marine stabil and sea foam. I last swapped fuel filters about 100 hrs ago. Heading out soon (hopefully lol) to burn up the rest of that fuel. I'll take a 50gal bladder with fresh stuff.

I was thinking about dumping out my fuel/water separators and re-installing them before the trip instead of installing the new ones I have here at the house for this season... then installing them when I get back.

I tried to find info regarding whether this is effective with no luck. Figured the 2cool "think tank" would lead me to a concensus ;-)

Anyone know if this actually works? I know I know... the motors aren't worth the risk. Just wanted other's thoughts based on 100 hr filter age.

1995 Yamaha 225's (corrosion problem already taken care of ;-P)

Thanks!
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:42 AM   #2
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If you have drains on bottom - drain them before , use up old fuel and then refuel and replace with new filters. Take new ones out with you in case of catastrophic failure
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I think I would be mixing some new fresh fuel with the old before I did anything.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:37 AM   #4
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I would do nothing special. Top off with fresh and let er rip. Refuel as necesssary. Change your fuel filter as your normally would.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:45 PM   #5
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It wouldn't hurt to put a couple of bottles of octane booster into that old fuel.

Change out your filter/seps after you burn up the old fuel.

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I always top off with highest octane fuel I can find. Run one trip then put on new spin on filters. On good years I fish enough in Jan and Feb not to worry about it, this year has not been a good year.
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Thanks guys. Does anyone know if dumping the current fuel filters out before the trip will improve their ability to catch more water? I looked around online but couldn't find any information.
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Unfortunately I don't have the filters with drains on the bottom...
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:50 AM   #9
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Racor filters have the see thru bowls with drains.
https://www.westmarine.com/fuel-filters/racor
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Filters are cheap enough. If worried just change em. If going thru the trouble of taking off and draining just change em.
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