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Old 03-21-2009, 01:50 PM
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What's to changing fuel filter?

Is there any problems i could run into, I want to change fuel filter because i recently purchased truck and have no idea when it was last done. I don't want to be suprised by anything before i go ahead and do it. Thanks guys and galls.
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do you have a 7.3
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pretty simple on a 7.3, take off that peice of plastic that says powerstroke 7.3, put an extension on a half inch ratchet and unscrew the plastic on the filter'(it is a half inch square hole.) There is a drain lever on the back of the filter housin to drain the water out. drain that and put the new filter and plastic back on. its a lot easier than most diesel tractors and stuff cause you dont have to prime them.
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Yes there are some problems. I was you about 5000 miles ago when I bought my first PSD.

First there are a couple of different types of fuel filter available. One filter has the element bonded to the lid and you replace both lid and filter at the same time. If you buy this type you are golden.

The other type of filter is just the element and you reuse the lid. This is fine too and is what Ford sells. Trouble is that if the previous owner used the first type with the bonded lid then you won't have the naked lid that is required to replace the element only.

The next problem is tightness. Nobody knows how tight to tighten the lid. ALl of the directions say to "tighten". They sell wrenches to remove the lids but no torque spec.

So just hand tighten it as tight as you can and then if it leaks you'll need to tighten it some more.
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