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Maintenance Q & A — August 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

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PMY Tries... The FilterGlove

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I change the fuel filters on the Scrumpy Vixen once a year, occasionally more often depending on how hectic my life is at the time. Usually I look forward to the chore with about as much enthusiasm as I evince when faced with dental appointments and dinner engagements with self-appointed proselytizers for the dreaded Atkins diet. The problem, of course, is that fuel-type, oil-type, and other kinds of spin-on filters resist being spun off, often with wicked, knuckle-busting tenacity. What results are noxious substances spilled all over the place, along with strings of verbiage emitting from my mouth that are so colorful and entertaining they can’t be printed here.

This year’s most recent fuel-filter change was such a different story, though. Hats off to the FilterGlove, developed by some genius down in Cape Coral, Florida. This handy item is made of a durable, soft “poly-blend material” that is supposedly unaffected by fuel, oil, temperature, and, for that matter, fat-ridden, low-carb chow.

The FilterGlove looks like a large white cup with ten tapered “fingers” inside. All you do is turn the thing upside down, push it snugly over a three-inch or four-inch filter, and twist using modest force.

Presto change-o! Off comes the spin-on filter. Any leaking fuel, oil, or whatever safely runs down the sides and into the bottom of the FilterGlove, which can then be emptied into an appropriate container or otherwise be properly disposed of. The secret is the texture of the product, I believe. It’s soft enough to actually grip the filter without slipping.

Price? A mere $9.40. No runs, no drips, no errors. And it’s easy to clean, too. —Capt. Bill Pike

FilterGlove Phone: (239) 945-1972.

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This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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