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Old 03-12-2020, 07:45 PM
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Our newly purchased RV 4 has about 800 hours on it. The gascolator does not have a screen inside. Is this normal?
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Old 03-12-2020, 07:47 PM
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No.

Congratulations on your new ride!
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:31 PM
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Have you looked up into the body?
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Old 03-13-2020, 04:22 AM
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We looked for a filter somewhere else but didn't find one. The gascolator can is empty. Could it have a flat screen in the top?
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Old 03-13-2020, 04:43 AM
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some do have a flat screen on top
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Old 03-13-2020, 08:52 AM
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Every gascolator I have ever seen had a flat screen mounted in the top.
There is not a filter element in the can like you might assume. The can is just a large volume collection point for sediment and water.

With bowl (can) removed, look up at the bottom of the gascolator body. You should see a flat fine mesh screen.
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Old 03-13-2020, 09:43 AM
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You did not mention what brand gascolator.

The Andair gascolator has a relatively large, cylindrical and removable filter screen (it unscrews). If memory serves, this is a 40 micro filter.

If yours is an Andair, don’t fly until you replace the filter element.

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Old 03-13-2020, 07:42 PM
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You gentlemen are absolutely right. I looked today and out strainer has a round screen in the yop. I am unfamiliar with this design. Most gascolators that I have seen are the type with the round cylindrical screen inside.
Mystery solved! Thanks to everyone. Love to fly this RV 4! I will be more relaxed now that I understand the fuel strainer.
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Old 03-14-2020, 09:02 AM
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I fly a injected RV7 finished in 2004. Does my blue aluminum gascolator have a screen up inside the top housing?
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Old 03-14-2020, 09:12 AM
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I fly a injected RV7 finished in 2004. Does my blue aluminum gascolator have a screen up inside the top housing?
Yes... most likely
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