Its Changed! - New Fuel Filters

Jim Patillo

Good Afternoon Charlie,

I took your advise and finally bought Fram G3 fuel filters to replace my existing 1" glass ones. They were $3.50 ea. at Walmart.

Over the years, the glass filters worked fine for me but it makes sense that with 6 times more filter area, I have 6 times less chance of getting them plugged up. For anyone still using glass filters, I would just mention that even though the filter appears to be clean when viewed thru the glass, you have to be very careful and check them on a regular basis because they can and will plug up.

Case in point: a few years ago I was called by Tim Iverson who had landed and was stuck with his Dragonfly in Modesto, CA. He had flown back from Oregon and was having engine surges all the way down the coast, to the point he was getting very nervous. We took his glass fuel filter apart (header to carb)and found it was totally plugged (I plugged one end with my finger and blew into the other, nothing came out, even though it looked totally fine.

Thanks again for the reminder and adding to my safety level.


Jim Patillo
N46JP Q200

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