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Old 05-30-2012, 05:30 AM
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fuel filter leaking

Yesterday I decide to change my oil and fuel filter. First time I ever did it. I followed the instructions carefully and put the bevel up towards the cap, and I can't get it to stop leaking now. Does the bevel really go up like the instructions said?......I'm afraid to go any tighter and I've manged to slow the leak but not stop it. I've checked the seal a couple of times and its fine....I've also changed it. I had to go through 3 different filters for that model also till I found the right one which is all one piece....filter and screen. Please help
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:44 AM
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is there any gunk or corrosion on the fuel bowl? I have had that happen to me quite a few times. Mine usually doesn't leak more like shoot out like a mister from one location, usually I have to just put a tool on it and tighten it up some more. Hope this helps
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:22 AM
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How tight did you have to go? Everything was clean as I checked multiple times. I did notice it getting better as I kept tightening it with a screwdriver and hammer....just afraid to break anything.
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Sounds like I'm having the same problem as you. Did you point the bevel towards the cap?
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:28 AM
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Yeah flat part down, bevel edge towards the cap. I put a socket wrench on it and tightened it till it stopped, not cranking hard but some effort. If it doesn't seat right, try flipping the gasket, had to do that one time, not sure why.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:44 PM
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I snugged down the lid on my fuel bowl pretty well and have never had it leak from that seal. Don't use a breaker bar on it, but don't be afraid to get it pretty snug.

If it still leaks, you might check the gasket surface for problems. At some point, someone had used a screwdriver to get the fuel filter out of my truck and took a good chunk out of the sealing surface on the fuel bowl. Even with that, it still didn't leak though.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:29 PM
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I remember having this problem when I did my first fuel filter change. No matter what I did I could not get the new one that comes with the lid to seal properly. Stupid stupid o-ring and bevel. I even tried it both ways to make sure I wasn't the stupid one. In the end I had to bring it back to the parts store for a exchange because it was now "used". Then with the new one I went for a refund. In the end I went to a different store and got the one without the lid and it solved my problem.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:49 PM
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Use a Motorcraft or Raycor filter and oem lid. They're about $18 from Riff Raff Diesel. The ones that come with the lid have to be torqued to a specific tightness. Too loose, it leaks. Too tight, it leaks. The oem lid bottoms out when it is proper tightness. No torque, and no leaks. If you have a manual tranny and a fuel leak, the fuel can run down the back of the motor and coat the clutch and flywheel. If this happens, you'll be rebuilding the clutch as well.
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