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Old 11-12-2010, 02:31 PM
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Question about adding a Racor fuel filter/water separator on the vacuum side

Hi guys,
First thread for me here, thanx in advance for the welcome's.

I'm a new owner of a 02' F-250 CrewCab 4x4 with a 7.3 and a ZF-6. This is the first diesel I've ever owned. As a career Firefighter, I've driven diesels at work all my life, but I've never turned a wrench on one.

I want to protect my investment against a potential bad fuel situation, so I'm planning on adding a 2 micron rated Racor fuel filter/water separator.

My question is this: If I install it on the vacuum side before the pump, do I need to take any special steps to allow for repriming it when I change filters?

Will cycling the pump a few times do it for me? Racor offers an entire line that have built in priming pumps, some are electric, others are manual.

I've read the online guide for an 06' by Al Dolney, I'd like to mimic this install, but I don't know the details of the differences between a 7.3 and 6.0's fuel systems.

Thanx in advance for any advice!

ETA - Just caught this clip from Bill Hewitt. (please don't turn this into a Bill Hewitt thread, I've read plenty of those already)

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Old 01-26-2011, 03:17 PM
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Well, I broke down and got the parts of eBay and made the install.
Also, here are some pictures. The first two show how I spiced into the fuel line. The black tape is Gorilla Tape used to prevent abrasion from movement of the hose clamps. The third is how close the valves are to the body. The forth is the gunk that it's caught after just 2,000 miles.
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There is virtually no difference between the '06 with the 6.0 and the 7.3 versions.

The tank end fittings are exactly the same and the pump end fittings are the same also. On the 6.0, they call the pump the HFCM, on the 7.3, it's called the pump. The fittings are the same.

To prime the pre-pump filter, fill it up first, just like you would an spin-on oil filter. I didn't one time and I had to crack the engine fuel filter cap to get the air out before the engine would start.

Good luck.
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