2008 Mercury OptiMax 250 Pro XS Maintenance: Fuel Filter
This is a quick how-to video on replacement of the water separating fuel
filter on a 2008 Mercury OptiMax 250 Pro XS outboard. The procedure is very
simple and probably applies directly to any of the high performance 3.0L V6
I intend to put together videos covering many routine maintenance items for
these engines. Chassis and gearcase lubrication, spark plug removal and
replacement (not completely straightforward on an OptiMax engine), water
pump impeller replacement, etc. Hopefully the quality of future videos will
be better. Lighting was not adequate for this one, among other things.
This was done partly to help others, partly to help ME remember how to do
these things, and partly as an exercise in video recording and editing.
Mostly that last thing...I need a lot of practice. :)
Lake Nebagamon 2010-05-15 (Mercury OptiMax 250 Pro XS)
Quick trip about halfway around Lake Nebagamon. South bay to west bay to
public landing. The boat is my 2000 Checkmate Pulsare 2100 BR with 2008
Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS. I spent most of the day just floating in the
middle of the lake, but I had to open it up a little on the way home. I
burned 1.3 gallons of gas in 3+ hours if that's any indication of how laid
back it was.
I only have one camera, so I was only able to record in one direction.
Since I'm a Mercury guy through and through (bleed Phantom Black) my
direction of choice is "backward." I need these videos to get me through
the long, cold northern Wisconsin winters, and the sights and sounds of a
big Mercury outboard are very good for that.
Notice the clever use of the camera strap to repeatedly slap the lens. This
is my visual (and aural) metaphor for "I'm too stupid to realize ahead of
time that wind strong enough to suck sunglasses off of your face is also
strong enough to wreak havoc with a small loop of leather." I think it's
very effective in conveying that idea.
Also note that the engine is NOT loose on the transom. If it were, I'd
probably be dead by now. The movement you see is all my overzealous effort
to damp any chine walking or shimmying over other boats' wakes. It's early
in the season and it always takes me a while to figure out what needs
reaction and what doesn't. I err on the side of reacting to everything.
It's more fun that way.