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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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fuel filter questions

1. anyone ever change a fuel filter and have it not be brown?

2. what is the secret to get the 7.3L filter cover sealed the first time? it would be nice to do it just once without squirting fuel all over the engine.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 03:35 AM
 
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Re: fuel filter questions

Very rarely do I get much junk in my fuel filters. They are generally near the same color as new, other than some discoloration from the color dye in the fuel. If the filters are turning really dark/black chunks you are either running them too long or are getting dirty fuel.

Be careful that you get the orings facing the correct direction and lube them with some engine oil.
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Re: fuel filter questions

Make sure you pre-lube all the o-ring w/ diesel before installing and make sure the v shaped ring is on in the proper direction.

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Re: fuel filter questions

well someone beat me to it

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Re: fuel filter questions

run about 10K miles on my last 2 filters, no chuncks but filter media was brown. used more biodiesel this summer then ever before, maybe it cleaned out some crap.

i know about the gaskets sitting the correct way.
do you use oil or diesel to lube the gasket?

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Re: fuel filter questions

Bio-D has done that to my filters before.

I had a DI regulated return on my 550 and if the gauge showed a drop in fuel pressure I would change the filter. (usually I'd change it before it got to that point, tho)

I always use diesel on the gasket (I think that what the directions say?)

And I think Im gonna go ahead and splurge on that tool that DI sells for the fuel filter, so at least I can FEEL like a pro when I change the filter.

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Re: fuel filter questions

I would get the Baldwin filter from DieselSite. Just need a 3/8 socket wrench to remove the filter.

Here's the description:

The Baldwin fuel filter replaces your OEM Powertroke filter and has a new cover attached to the filter. This makes filter changes easier, cleaner, and less prone to leaking. The OEM cap gets stressed over time from frequent changes. This filter solves this dilema.

Simply unscrew the OEM filter, remove element, and install new Baldwin fuel filter. Recommended change intervals on Powerstroke fuel filters is 10k miles.
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Re: fuel filter questions

You may also want to consider installing a Baldwin/Dahl filter.
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Re: fuel filter questions

+1.

ITP Pre-Pump Kit

Roll You Own Version - works on a 7.3 too

Good luck.

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Re: fuel filter questions

Mines always blue tinted. Course the 2 stroke oil I run probably effects it some

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