- Jul 25, 2007
Has anybody installed a vacuum gauge to indicate status of the standard Racor 225 fuel filter? If so, any tips (parts, where to locate the gauge, etc.) ?
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Looking at the Racor 225 port configuration, attach it to one of the two outlet ports. This is how I did my Racor 110 fuel filter.Has anybody installed a vacuum gauge to indicate status of the standard Racor 225 fuel filter? If so, any tips (parts, where to locate the gauge, etc.) ?
I installed the Racor vacuum gauge kit just above the small hatch for the engine raw water through-hull. It's a short run from the filter to the gauge, and it's easy enough to step down the companionway stairs to check it at cruise RPM's as Maine Sail suggested. The drag needle Maine Sail suggested would be ideal, though.Has anybody installed a vacuum gauge to indicate status of the standard Racor 225 fuel filter? If so, any tips (parts, where to locate the gauge, etc.) ?
You'd not be disagreeing with me you'd be disagreeing with Racor....I respectfully disagree with you can only tell when at full ( or operating) rpm. I think the best time to check vacuume is at the dock before you start the engine. To do this you need to route all flow back to the tank. Only by checking vacuume thru the filter without interaction with the engine can you really tell the state of your filters. Having the engine running introduces too many variables.
A 2μm filter really should not be used as a primary or secondary filter, unless you have a brand new common rail/electronic diesel... The use of a 2μm filter "will shorten fuel pump life" (Westerbeke's words not mine). I see this in the field on a pretty regular basis. On almost ever fuel pump I replace I find a 2μm filter in the system. In early april it was a failed diaphragham in a Yanmar. Owner had a 2μm and is on his third fuel pump. I have that identical engine with fuel pumps in excess of 30 years old still going strong but no 2μm filters.. When I see these pump failures the owner is sometimes on their second or third pump. I have small diesel engines out there that have in excess of 12,000 hours on them that have run 30μm primaries for over 30 years.What are typical vacuum readings with a clean 2-micron filter and typical cruising rmp under load ?