Moving Oil Filter Placement

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  1. Scot McPherson
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    Is there a kit or something that I can attach to the where the oil filter connects so that I can put the oil filter some place else? My oil filter is VERY awkwardly placed in relation to the space the engine is in. The oil filter is in the back of the engine, and the space to reach it is too tight for me to get an effective grip on the filter, and there is no space available for the handle of tools such as strap wrenches to be effective.

    Although I am ludicrously strong, the problem is I have Popeye forearms, and although I can get my hand back there, when I try to make a muscle to grip the filter, my muscles don't have room to expand and therefore I am unable to grip it tightly (not to mention it hurts and slashes my arm pretty good when I try too hard).

    Luckily one of my dock-mates is a girl who is a crane mechanic and she is both strong and skinny, and she was able to twist the filter off with her bare hands, but I would like to find a better way.

    I am considering cutting a hatch to access that back quarter of the engine from the quarter birth, and that's probably what I will do anyway, but I thought I would ask if there was some kit I could get that would allow me to mount the oil filter to a set of hoses that then attached to the normal attachment on the block.

    Thanks
     
  2. PAR
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    Yes, there are several kits available for remote filter placement.

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    This is typical of the single cartridge setups. I like the dual filter setups.

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  3. Scot McPherson
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    if I mount the remote oil filter above the engine, does the extra oil needed present a threat to oil pressure while the oil is still rising through the system or must I keep the oil level at rest at the same point on the dip stick? And then finally, does that put the engine at risk of being under lubricated?
     
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    Curious, what engine is this for?
     
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    westerbeke 21
     
  6. Scot McPherson
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    I have attached two photos as attachments. The space I have to reach into, and then my arm which you can see is quite larger than the space itself, along with the slashing of trying to get it in there and squeezing hold of something. There is just no room for my muscles to expand.

    So, I want to put the oil filter where it's more accessible. Potentially directly above the engine itself or if not then still mostly above the engine but to attached to the bulkhead rather than the overhead.

    Edit sorry those are bad pictures and yes that's my arm, it is not my leg.
     

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    shoot, thats the most expensive one i found ;-)
     
  9. PAR
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    No, relocating the filter higher up doesn't do anything to the pressurized oiling system. Oil is forced through the filter, directly from the pump, then on to the main galley. A check valve keeps it from "leaking down" when the engine is off or if the oil is very cold and doesn't want to flow through the filter (hits a bypass spring and diverts around it).
     
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    So to clarify, I continue to fill the oil to the full line when the engine is at rest? No change to that part of the process?
     
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    It may take just a touch more oil than you are used to, but ya, you still hit the full mark on the dipstick. Depends on the installation reall, but some hoses are longer than others. It isn't a concern unless your engine currently takes exactly X bottles.
     
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