Simplest way to change FUEL/OIL filters

Discussion in 'Diesel Engines/Drives/Transmissions/Props' started by zielke, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. zielke

    zielke Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    West Coast Wisconsin - LaCrosse.
    1998 400DA
    I've been doing this for years, and am passing it on to those who struggle with fuel/oil dripping all over the bilge/motor area. A lot of people hate doing this and hire some to do it instead. I change everything at the end of the season, i keep a few empty jugs of marine antifreeze around after winterizing the water system/motors. I cut the side & top off without losing the integrity of the handle. Spin the filters so they spin by hand, place the jug under the filter. It will catch EVERY DROP of fuel/oil. hold the jug high enough so the filter touches the bottom, so when the filter comes off, it drops into the jug. It will stay standing as you place it aside. Do all the others, then carry them all to your car/truck for disposal. They do not tip over either. Please let me know if you think this is helpful? I have many more tricks to possibly post. Thanks.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2016
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  2. Capn Ron

    Capn Ron Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    Lake Cumberland Ky.
    95 330 Sundancer
    454's v-drives
    Great Idea!
  3. 1956olds

    1956olds Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    michigan,saginaw bay
    1992 370 ec
    twin cummins 6bta's 300 hp
    Rl80 pathfinder radar/chartplotter,SH 2150 matrix vhf w/ais
    quicksilver 8
    I save my tall plastic maxwelhouse coffee containers for the oil and the fuel filters.I save the antifreeze jugs to drain the cooling system and change zinks and flush the exchangers and aftercoolers.
  4. tcason

    tcason Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    240 Sundeck
    5.0L 260 HP
    keep posting your tricks!!
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Very cool. TY for sharing.
  6. strange weather

    strange weather Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 4, 2010
    Lake Mead
    320 Sundancer 2005,Raymarine C80 GPS SmartCraft System w/Auto Pilot 5kw Kohler Generator
    T-VD 350 Magnum MPI Horizon
    Bring them on!
  7. Stromeister

    Stromeister Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Fallston, Maryland
    2003 410 Sundancer
    3126 CAT Diesels w/VDrives
    Good tip.

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  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    That's a great tip. Thanks, and feel free to post more.
  9. endless seas

    endless seas Member

    Feb 13, 2008
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    Great yes please post.
  10. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    Gimmie more !!
  11. Skuza

    Skuza Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lake St Clair, MI
    400 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizons
    I like it! Better than a ziplock that I use!
  12. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Southport Marina - Kenosha WI - Lake Michigan
    410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126
    Fantastic idea. I used to use a grocery bag and inadvertently would spill some oil into the bilge. Will need to keep this in mind for sure the next time I have to do this task.
  13. JimFromMD

    JimFromMD Active Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Annapolis, MD - Middle Chesapeake Bay
    2005 300DA, Garmin 740s w/Vision Charts and GMR18HD RADAR
    5.0MPI w/BIIs, Kohler 5E Generator.
    I was on the right track, cutting the bottle in half and letting the filter drop into it, but the handle is a great idea. Thanks for the tip.

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