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Old 05-05-2012, 06:47 AM
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Fuel Filter Change Design?

Hoped I'd find an easy answer searching but didn't come up with anything...

The last maintenance item on my new-to-me '05 Excursion was to install the OEM fuel filters. Part # on Motorcraft box is 3C3Z-9N184-CB.

The old and new filters were identical in the engine bay fuel filter housing, so no question there.

When I got the old filter out of the frame rail mounted housing, it was clear that my old filter did not match my new filter. The ends that install in the housing first were very different. I attempted to install the new filter despite the difference and it appears to have fit. Better yet, the vehicle started and has been running fine a few days now.

The pic below is of the old filter that I removed. I did not get a pic of the new filter before installing. The end of the filter that you see in this pic is very different on my new filter.

Was there a design change, or did I get the wrong fuel filter?

And here's a pic of the new '05. 119k miles. Grill protector on the front may be coming off; not sure I like it, it's covering up the best part of the '05.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:55 AM
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There was a filter design change. I forget when it was though.
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when i changed mine i noticed a difference also, i just assumed it wasn't a ford filter, and installed the set i got from ford and no problems since.
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Thanks for the quick reply guys. I'll stop worrying about it.
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I agree with removing the grill guard, it definitely hides too much of the best looking part of the truck.

Happy reading and don't be afraid to ask if you're not sure, there's a ton of great guys and info on here!
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:25 PM
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it will only be the best "unprotected" until you meet my little friend. his buds call him bambi and he will F'up your purty front end
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Meh... I'm not too worried about Bambi, it's the moose I worry about!

jk I actually worry about both... and bear they mess things up pretty good too.
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bullwinkle has a mean side too. early this past winter hit a moose cow and calf. 08-09 CC duramax not much left of the front end but they still repaired it.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:56 AM
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Did you get your filters from ford? You could order them from Home - Diesel Filters,Additives,brake rotors, and brake pads for Chevy, Dodge and Ford Diesel Trucks and save some $$$ and if you get the filters from RACOR (which make the Motorcraft filters) you can save even more $$$.


Hope this helps. Racor and Motorcraft filters are one in the same, except on price.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:29 AM
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The design change has been out for a LONG time. Ford started supplying the new design in late 2009.

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