This gauge permanently replaces the T-handle on the top of the turbine series filters. The gauge measures the restriction caused by the filter and indicates when the filter element should be replaced. Includes needle follower.
T-handle vacuum gauges are available to monitor element condition and as the filter element slowly becomes clogged with contaminates the restriction (resistance to flow) increases. The fuel pump still tries to draw fuel (suction) but because of this restriction less fuel is delivered to the engine and instead more air is pulled from it (fuel de-gassing). These results can cause the engine to lose power and eventually stall.
By installing a vacuum gauge in your fuel system (at the outlet side of the Racor filter) visual monitoring of element condition is possible at a glance. At the first indication of decreased performance, note the dial reading or apply the ‘red line’ decal provided with most kits. This will assist in knowing when to change the filter at the next interval.
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Comments about Racor T-Handle Vacuum Gauge Kit:
Absolutely essential gear for any offshore sailing, be it sail or power. Tells you in advance when you have reduced fuel flow to the engine, which could be due to clogged fuel filters, or blockage between the fuel tank and the filters. If you have primary and secondary diesel fuel filters, I recommend one gauge after the secondary, one gauge between the primary and the secondary, and one sauce between the fuel tank and the primary. This will enable you to quickly diagnose fuel flow problem and be able to do it before the engine dies because of lack of fuel. I'm adding another gauge with a long hose, so that I can read it from the cockpit.