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Old 01-07-2020, 07:13 PM   #1
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Anyone have a suggestion to ease the torture I have in changing the starboard engine oil filter on my 4600 with Cummins 450's. I need a skinny body and 6 foot arms. I can only seem to access by lying across front of engine which leaves me one hand (barely) to hold the heavy filter and screw on. They should have mounted it INBOARD.
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Old 01-08-2020, 07:23 PM   #2
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Add a remote filter.
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Old 01-08-2020, 07:41 PM   #3
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I hate to ask, but how much is it to have a remote oil filter installed
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I hate to ask, but how much is it to have a remote oil filter installed
The aftermarket kits range from $50 to $300 plus labor of about 2 hours to install. If you donít want to do it ask your mechanic for a quote.
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Don't decide now. Do an oil change, then while swapping the filter, ask yourself "If I paid someone $300-$400 to never do this again, would it be worth it". If you feel yourself subconsciously reaching for your wallet, then go call your mechanic.
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Listen to Shrew. First try to find a skinny friend. It's a 5 minute job to swap filters once the skinny guy is in there. I think the remote kit installed would run at least $500.
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Here is an alternative I learned from my mechanic and have had some success. If you have a really tight spot, find a family on the dock with a kid around 13-15. The kid is usually bored and the parents love opportunities to keep them busy. Approach the parents (Do your self a favor and DO NOT approach the kid, there is a possibility your intentions will be mistaken) and offer to pay their kid for a few hours worth of work. I watched mechanic once hold a girl around 14 (and maybe 75lbs soaking wet) upside by her ankles while she swapped out a water pump. The only other way to reach it was to remove the fuel pump, which required removing a manifold and riser. A full grown adult couldn't get his hand on the last bolt.

If you want the kid to come back on a regular basis, don't keep them working for more than a few hours (Introducing a 13 yr old to an 8 hr day is a rough initiation for a kid.
Besides, to a 13 year kid, $20/hr ($60) is a lot of money). I also treat them like an adult. They really seem to respond well to that.

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Thanks to all. After two oil changes, I feel a strong urge to reach for the wallet. I may get an estimate from my marina, and see if my hand still is reaching for the wallet (LOL) The search for a responsible 14-15 year old sounds good too, but may be a difficult option in my marina (mostly old folks like me). Thanks to all again.
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I picked up a Cummins OEM remote filter adapter on ebay for about $100. Had to re-design the mount a bit but it was well worth the effort. If you can spin on a filter you can install the remote adapter. If you don't already have one an oil change system like Reverso is also a good investment.

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The search for a responsible 14-15 year old sounds good too, but may be a difficult option in my marina (mostly old folks like me). Thanks to all again.
We're not expecting them to work unsupervised.

The age demographic is pretty similar just about everywhere. Young families tend to have less disposable income to boat, or the family activities create time conflicts. Once the kids get to around 16+, they start to stay home more and are down at the marina less frequently. Obviously you don't want an 8 year old doing it. I was at a dockominium for a few years where there was a very tight-knot family with two teenage boys (16-19-ish). They basically started a side hustle doing maintenance (painting, washing, waxing, detailing). Since this marina had no services available, people loved it.
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