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Author Topic: "My mechanic says no Racors, as Merc does not want them"  (Read 10670 times)
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« on: March 09, 2008, 09:22:28 am »

AND IT WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY!!!

HOGWASH! - many techs think that, but they just have not checked with Merc lately. Yellowfin mounts them, SeaVee and Intrepid mount them. It's OK to do. But Merc asks you to do it the right way. If the filter is mounted wrong and puts a strain/drag on the fuel flow and you burn up the fuel pump,(or worse) it's on your dime - no warranty. But done correctly, - per the shop manual specs - and it's fine. Use 3/8 in tubing, keep the elbows to a minimum and use the big 60 gph flow Racor and you'll be fine....You can test the fuel system for drag with a vacumn gauge and the requirements are in the shop manual. Believe me , this comes straight from Merc corporate service, not some local mechanic.
Is it needed? Some say absolutely. Some like it for insurance or emptying water.  But the merc filter under the cowl is 2 micron, small enuf to get anything, so yes, the system is fine like it is. It's your choice - I opt not to. I have owned 8 opti/verados for 2400 hours total and never mounted a filter in any of them - they always have run fine...
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 02:45:42 pm »

I have had a Racor S3213 since second 1 on my Verado 250, no issue at all.  In fact, when I drain my engine mounted fuel filter, there is never any water in it.  I look and drain the clear bowl and the bottom of the Racor and I don't have any water in that either, thank goodness. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2008, 05:25:05 pm »

And the new 350 comes standard with a Racor (yes the brand) mounted in the boat...
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 09:23:43 pm »

What is the thought on Using Primer Bulbs? Is the fuel pump adequate to pull from the tank?
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