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Old 02-07-2010, 03:29 PM
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Default Optimax fuel filter replacement

I was winterizing my 250 Optimax a month or so ago and tried to remove the fuel filter part #8M0020349. The book says to use a screw drive between the flanges to start it turning. This filter was so tight that I all but destroyed the flanges leaving only two or three in place.

Any idea what I did wrong (other than spin the wrong direction)? Also what can I do to prevent this? Is there a better tool?
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:38 PM
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You bet! For $4 you can get the silver thing you see in the photo, it fits on a 3/8" drive breaker bar or ratchet, and engages ALL the filter tangs. That screwdriver idea never works!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercu...ssoriesQ5fGear

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:02 AM
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Tripplek123,

I have a 2005 Optimax 115 and I've changed my filter every 100 hour and mine came out fairly easy with a screw driver. Was it really cold that day, maybe it was frozen in, I'm just guessing here.

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That tool looks like that's the way to go I'm going to order one right now, for $3.95 plus shipping how can you go wrong. I never knew that they made a tool for it, I even asked the dealer and they said they just use a screw.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:37 AM
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On a warm day last year, the plastic tabs on the filter were quickly damaged with a large srewdriver shaft. I got the $4 spoked socket attachment from eBay and used it yesterday on my Opti 90. It came off easily, although it takes a good amount of torque to loosen it and tighten it with the two tight fitting o-rings.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:35 PM
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Outstanding I will be ording the tool as well. My only issue now is that i only have about 3 tangs left. This one may take some other manuvering. By the way it was very cold that day. The plastic was likely brittle. Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:44 AM
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The $4 tool has 6 tabs so if you clear deformed material you might get it off. I lubed the o-rings with DFI oil, but it still a lot of torque on a plastic POS to tighten down.
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