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I just installed a coolant filter and did a coolant flush this past weekend. Can you tell me how often I need to change the coolant filters?
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Most go until it plugs.

Dieselsite recommends first one at 300 miles, second at like 1000 miles and then when plugged.

My first I changed at 300-some sand and stuff, like a table spoon full.

1000 miles-found about the same.

Third one plugged at 5000 miles, lots of crud and stuff in it. Fluid that came out of filter had a lot of floating stuff in it.
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Most go until it plugs.

Dieselsite recommends first one at 300 miles, second at like 1000 miles and then when plugged.

My first I changed at 300-some sand and stuff, like a table spoon full.

1000 miles-found about the same.

Third one plugged at 5000 miles, lots of crud and stuff in it. Fluid that came out of filter had a lot of floating stuff in it.
how do you know when its plugged
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Did you do the Dieselsite filter? If so, the return hose from filter base to hose to degas bottle will be cold. You can feel the in coming hose to filter will be hotter than heck.
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The only way i can tell on mine is the return line out of the filter will not be warm when the truck is at normal temp. Cut open your filter when you change it...you'll be surprised at the amount of poo that is inside...

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the first change for me was 3 months lots of pepper(pepper being the fine metal particles. Then 6 months less than half the pepper now once a year with only traces.

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I went 7,000 miles on my first one. Just wait for it to clog.
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I went 7,000 miles on my first one. Just wait for it to clog.
I've had my first one in for about 3300 miles. I did a flush before installation. When I grab the return line it still feels warm. As long as that stays warm I will let it go until my next oil change. In about 2k.

Remember it's a by-pass filter. if it gets clogged it will not hurt anything. So let it run for a while. Changing it at 300 miles is just trowing money for a filter down the tube. That's my opinion.

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First change in 1 month, 2nd change 3 months after that, then anually.
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