You could try poolcenter.com
And the problem begins. Do you have the right tools for removing the valve parts? Some valves require specialty tools. Another problem is how do you seat the "spider" gasket. Most glues, caulking compounds do not hold. It may be less expensive -- cost effective -- in time and frustration to replace the entire valve. Even the manufacturer will balk at revealing the glue that they use. Also will you be able to get the gasket seat clean or dry enough?
A pool store may be able to special order the spider gasket. Expect to wait a while.
The oil filter gasket is a rubber ring that is usually bonded to the oil filter. If the oil filter has been removed and has no gasket, then it has become stuck to the engine block. Remove the gasket from the block before installing a new oil filter with it's own new gasket. Be sure to spread a little clean engine oil on the rubber gasket before installation to help seal and prevent sticking to the block. Do not overtighten the filter, turn the filter until the gasket contacts the block and then tighten 1/4 turn more. If the gasket leaks, tighten just enough to stop the leak.
Here are a few reasons for oil to spray from the filter area:The gasket from the old filter was stuck on the oil filter housing and was not removed before the new filter was installed.The new filters gasket is not seated correctly on the oil filter housing.No Oil filter gasket was installed with the new oil filter.Defective Oil Filter and/or Gasket.Oil Filter Housing came lose from the engine block or mounting surface.
Your 1997 Mercury uses a spin on cartridge filter. The gasket is built into the filter. Just apply a thin layer of oil to the new filter gasket and screw it on. Tighten 3/4 turn after it makes contact with the mounting surface. Do not over tighten. If the old gasket was left on when you removed the old filter just pull it off.
To change the gasket remove the oil filter. There will be 2 bolts holding the adapter to the block, remove them push the adapter off. Clean both surfaces apply gasket seal to gasket. Put the bolts thru the holes and apply gasket to adapter. Start the bolts into engine block and tighten evenly. Put on a new oil filter making sure the filter rubber gasket has a coating of oil.
Oil filter installed incorrectly as in too tight, too loose, the gasket was not oiled prior to installation, or the old filter gasket was left on. It can also be a valve cover gasket leaking and running down by the filter. Replace the oil filter and oil the gasket and tighten 3/4 turn after it makes contact with the mounting surface. If the leak persists if is not the filter.
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