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My truck slowly lost power and eventually died. I was towed to my house by a bowtie truck. I have a feeling this filter hasn't been changed since the first Bush administration.

So I watch a youtube video on how to change it, simple. Use a wrench and open the fuel filter vessel. Except when I go to change mine, mine doesn't have a place to put a wrench, mine looks like this.

How do you get that thing off? I've tried everything, even broke a strap wrench. Can someone help? Is there a special tool I'm not aware of?
 

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I use channel lock pliers, fully extended and it placed in the holes on top
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Hmm I see what you did there. You might be on to something. I don't have pliars that large. I will get some if I have to but anyone have any other ideas? I already have one great one but I don't have the tool. I'll get it if I have to though. Being towed home by a bow tie truck was embarrassing enough.
 

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There are other designs out there and NAPA or Autozone may even carry a wrench that fits the lids.

If it hasn't been off in quite a while it may be welded to the rubber gasket

Here is one on Amazon

 

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There are other designs out there and NAPA or Autozone may even carry a wrench that fits the lids.

If it hasn't been off in quite a while it may be welded to the rubber gasket

Here is one on Amazon

Thanks. I'm a truck driver so I won't be here when it arrives but I'll get to it when I return. I just ordered one!
 

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If you don’t have any channellocks, get a soft material type of punch and a soft bead blow and tap it and I mean tap!!!
 

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DO NOT hit that plastic cap. It needs slow torque to unscrew - not impact.
 

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My truck slowly lost power and eventually died. I was towed to my house by a bowtie truck. I have a feeling this filter hasn't been changed since the first Bush administration.

So I watch a youtube video on how to change it, simple. Use a wrench and open the fuel filter vessel. Except when I go to change mine, mine doesn't have a place to put a wrench, mine looks like this.

How do you get that thing off? I've tried everything, even broke a strap wrench. Can someone help? Is there a special tool I'm not aware of?
You can usually bump around the edges of the cap with your fingers. This will just loosen it up enough to break loose easier. But do not hit it with any tools, and i mean do not, hit, it.
 

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just take a small piece of wood about 6" long....place on one of the ribs on the outside, and lightly tap counter-clockwise.....it'll loosen right up...
 

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Ok I got it off and it was horribly dirty. Now I have no power to the fuel pump. Checked the fuse and it's blown. Would this dirty filter have anything to do with it? When I say dirty, the filter was BLACK.
 

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The filter should have nothing to do with the fuel pump.

Have you checked the inertia switch in the passenger kick panel?
 
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Ok I got it off and it was horribly dirty. Now I have no power to the fuel pump. Checked the fuse and it's blown. Would this dirty filter have anything to do with it? When I say dirty, the filter was BLACK.
The filter should have nothing to do with the fuel pump.

Have you checked the inertia switch in the passenger kick panel?
I second the opinion the filter has zero to do with the fuel pump. The fuel pump is on the frame, under the driver's seat approximately.

First, you should check the fuel filter every three months or so, and change it every 5k miles. YMMV

Second, make sure you thoroughly clean out the fuel filter housing. Once everything is clean, put some clean diesel in it, about half full. Carefully insert the filter and cap it. I like to put some silicon grease on the cap threads - very lightly.

Third - check the fuel filter after a hundred miles. If it is black again, you have oil in your fuel! You have either an injector leaking oil into the fuel rail, or someone failed to clean the tank after a like issue was fixed. I had to drop my tank, empty it completely, and use a pressure washer to clean it out.

Maybe the blown fuse is why your truck died? Perhaps the fuel pump overloaded and blew the fuse?
 

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This was my brand new fuel filter after about 250 miles.


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