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leaking fuel & slipping clutch
Just signed up in hopes of some wisdom here, I searched the forums first but was unable to come up with an answer so here I post...
Problem #1) Several times after changing my fuel filter I have had a very difficult time getting the housing to seal again - seems to take an excessive amount of force to get it to stop blowing diesel all over the place, I'm using NAPA Gold filters and was told by the Ford garage that is my problem but they seem to have the identical "triangle" shaped o-ring and I have the same problem every time that I change my filter. Also, I talked with a Ford mechanic that said he has problems getting them to seal too, it just doesn't seem right.
Problem #2) After above problem experienced I have had trouble with my clutch slipping from what seems to be diesel getting into the bell housing - does that seem reasonable? Ford actually replaced 1 clutch while under warranty and said that it was completely smoked, actually changed a few things as I recall...not under warranty any more and a recent fuel filter change (and ensuing seal troubles) has caused the clutch to start leaking again. Is there a fix for this? IOW is there some sort of way to seal the bell housing area off? Or is there some sort of cleaner that I can use to try to "dry" the clutch out?
Go easy on me I'm not a mechanic, just mechanically inclined kinda.
'01 F350 w/7.3L Powerstroke, 6 spd. manual