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Old 07-23-2014, 05:00 PM
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I am going to change the oil in the new truck I got and was wondering along with the oil filter what else should I change out with oil & filter. I was thinking of the following are these necesary to change out and if so how often?
1. Fuel filter
2. Fuel/Water Separator Element with Cap
Fram Fuel/Water Separator Element with Cap
Part No: CS7715A
3. Diesel Fuel Bowl Heating Element
Dorman - OE Solutions Diesel Fuel Bowl Heating Element
Part No: 904-210


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Old 07-23-2014, 05:05 PM
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Just unplug the fuel bowl heater if it goes out, I change the fuel filter 10-12k miles, or 3-4 oil changes, the cap I replace if a filter came with it, but usually just keep reusing it
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1. Fuel filter
2. Fuel/Water Separator Element with Cap
Fram Fuel/Water Separator Element with Cap
Part No: CS7715A
3. Diesel Fuel Bowl Heating Element
Dorman - OE Solutions Diesel Fuel Bowl Heating Element
Part No: 904-210

The first two are really the same thing. The factory fuel filter unclipped from the fuel bowl lid while some aftermarket filters come with an integrated lid. Personally I like the Racor IN F4595 fuel filter which was OEM. I change mine every 10k as that is an easy number to remember. Oil/filter changes I do at 5K miles with regular Delo400 oil.

The factory fuel heater was problematic to say the least (shorting out, blowing underhood fuse #22, and leaving you stranded). Many folks (including me) unhook he electrical connection to it since it is not really needed except in really cold climate. The Dorman unit you listed is the newer SD-style element that solves the shorting problem if you want to run a fuel heater. Cheers
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Personally I like the Racor IN F4595 fuel filter which was OEM. I change mine every 10k as that is an easy number to remember. Oil/filter changes I do at 5K miles with regular Delo400 oil.
+1 one this philosophy. Easy for me to remember 5k & 10k intervals on the odometer with the multiple vehicles. Regarding the fuel heater, I run mine unplugged too.

Don't forget your air filter. These need love too.
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With oil changes I send mine off to get tested. That will tell you how much life is left, if your filter is working properly, if there is any metal or coolant in your oil etc. I use Blackstone and change the filter every change. Filtration is important since you want to keep contaminants out of there.
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Is it expensive to do this? What is the process and their info I would at a min send my 1st one out to see what shape the engine is in since I just purchased truck. thanks
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Kit is free but $25 for the test and i pay the extra $10 for the viscosity test which tells you exactly how much of the additive has broken down. When im not on my phone ill post more.
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