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Old 12-29-2013, 11:26 AM
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a lot of trash and grit in first fuel filter

working on a new to me 2004 6.0 F550. Ford did a scan on it before I bought it and said it needs 6 out of 8 injectors replaced, well seems to make sense, change the filters first. Filters all seem to be Ford originals. Oil filter looks fine, fuel filters were different, upper fuel filter housing had a hard brown residue on the aluminum walls, it would come off with some scrubbing with a rag. The lower filer was a total bear to remove, needing 60 ft/lb of torque or so to keep that big plastic cap turning, didn't seem right, removing the filter I found the space between the bottom of the filter and the housing filled with a partially magnetic grit, spoonfulls of it and all in the cap threads. it was reddish and brownish and had white flecks in it. Not sure what it all was, scrubbed it out with rags, carb cleaner and cleaned the threads with a stainless wire brush.

I did take a picture of the filter



Not sure whree all this junk came from will check the top of the tank and see if there are holes, but wouldn't there be a sock filter?
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:25 PM
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Is your truck a cab and chassie or a f450 or bigger? That kind of looks like delaminate material from the fuel tank.

The pick up has a screen but it is kinda big mesh. The bottom filter you removed is the first real filter in the system.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:54 AM
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Truck is a 550 rack body, tank looks to be steel, have to fix the body prop before I'm going all the way under but it almost looks like something might be dodgy around the fuel sender assembly.

after running a stainless wire brush through the threads in the body and a pick around the threads in the cap it went on all but the last three turns by hand. That junk was in there on the last filter change, whoever did it.
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You may also want to look at the 2 rubber gromets that the plastic vent hoses fittings pass thru the top of the tank. Could be road trash build up on top of the tank.
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Thanks, got the body prop freed up and those poor grease fittings under there will need some love and possibly replacement, Will examine the top of the tank in the daylight, guess if its full of sand it'll be time to pull it, clean it and seal it up.
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