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Why Racor filters instead of OEM?

Why Racor filters over my OEM filter?

Racor is known in the fuel, oil, lubricant and filtration industry as one of the, if not THE best there is. As a matter of fact, several large equipment manufacturers have custom Racor filters produced for their needs or simply use Racor filters as a stock install off the assembly line.

First and foremost, their manufacturing facility is in California, that’s right, California, USA.

The second reason why Racor should be your go-to brand for filtration is due to the technology they put into their filtration systems. Racor filters come standard with Aquabloc II technology that filters 99% of all contaminants (water, debris, dirt, algae, rust, & more) and also has a significantly low pressure drop which ensures great fuel/ lubricant delivery without sacrificing performance. Most standard filters and some OEM filters are basic paper elements that will filter extremely well initially, but are susceptible to tearing and allowing debris from entering your fuel system.

The most important question we ask our customers when considering switching to Racor is, “What would you rather do, spend an extra $3-$10 on a Racor filter, or have to replace an injector?” As you can imagine, we convert a lot of people over to Racor filters. The hardest part of the process is determining which Racor filter is right for you! If you need help cross referencing your OEM filter to Racor, simply Contact Us and we will gladly assist you in finding an accurate replacement element!

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How do I replace or remove my Racor filter?

Turbine Assembly

1. Assure your fuel system is completely shut off.  Remove the T handle and metal cover on the top of  your turbine assembly. There are two plastic handles attached to the filter that are very flexible. Use a hook tool, screwdriver, or any small object to loop either of the flexible handles, being careful not to drop anything inside the body of the assembly. Grab the handles, pull up, let the remaining fuel drain into the body, remove the filter and discard accordingly.

Spin-On Assembly

1. Ensure your fuel system is completely shut off. Drain and fuel out of the bowl. Use your hand or a bowl wrench,available here, to remove your metal, clear, or blue bowl from the bottom of the filter assembly. Check to make sure no gaskets or debris are leftover where your new filter will make contact  with the assembly. Using your hand, hand tighten the filter snugly to the assembly body then reapply your metal, clear, or blue bowl with your filter wrench/ hand snugly.

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How do I know which Racor filter I have?

Filter Part Number

1.If you have a Turbine Assembly, assure your fuel system is shut down/ off completely. On the top of the Turbine Assembly, there will be a brass T shaped handle. Unscrew the T handle as well as the metal cap in which the T handle is securing. Look inside and you will be able to see the manufacturers part number. If the numbers are not visible utilize Racor’s coloring system to determine the Micron rating. Brown print represents a 2-micron filter, Blue represents a 10-Micron filter,and Red signifies a 30-Micron filter (on most filters)

2. If you have a spin-on assembly, the fuel filter is easily seen and you can normally find the part number displayed in red, brown, blue or black ink on the outside of the filter (EX: S3232  or  R24S)

3. Utilize your last bill/ receipt that you purchased your filter or assembly previously and locate the part number listed on your receipt.

Assembly Part Number

1. Racor does a fantastic job of placing labels on the outside of their filter assemblies, turbine filter assemblies in particular, and locate the part number printed in the upper left hand corner of the label.

2. Utilize your last bill/ receipt that you purchased your filter or assembly previously and locate the part number listed on your receipt.

3. If you are only able to view one of the part numbers (either the filter or the assembly number) please search that part number in our search bar and you will be shown the associated parts in regards to that part number.


As always, feel free to contact us with any other questions!