WHAT WENT WRONG?
THIS “quick and easy” job ended up taking me two frustrating, swear filled days to fire the mighty Troopy back into life. Not due to the new Flashlube filtering kit, but rather the inability of the OE primer to prime a huge amount of fuel into an empty system. Admittedly I made the job harder by changing the OE filter and emptying the whole cartridge canister at the same time as fitting the Flashlube kit.
Other than reverting back to the standard fuel lines and single OE filter, I was at a loss as to what to do. I called my local mechanic at M&H Mechanical in Laurieton for help. Matt immediately diagnosed the problem over the phone and offered the loan of a manual bulb pump they use in the marine industry (it sucks fuel from the tank to the outboard motor) to help fill the Troopy’s fuel system. The pump primed the complete and updated fuel system.
In hindsight, Flashlube offers an optional hand primer that attaches to its pre-filter kit, so that would have saved a huge amount of time and frustration. Plus I should have introduced the new filter kit prior to changing the OE filter and emptying the contents of the OE fuel canister, rather than doing both jobs at the same time.
I have since stopped at Camden Haven Marine and bought a handprimer bulb. At $11.30 it’s a good investment and will be staying in the Troopy’s toolbox, where it’ll also be used to help syphon fuel from jerry cans – that’s better than a mouthful of diesel.
Hand-primer bulb (above) is an invaluable investment. MOUNTED NO room on the passenger side, so Flashlube supplies brackets to fit it to the driver side.