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post #1 of 21 Old 11-18-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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fuel water separator

Came across a 6mm allen today so I ran out and sure enough it wasnt stripped but man it was tight. When I finally made it loose enough to drain like a nasty rusty liquid ran out. Seemed like about like 2 or 3 table spoons came out and by that time it was splattering and had people waiting so i let it drain a bit then tightened it back up.

It's not supposed to drain dry is it?

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You don't have to let it drain until it stops. I usually just let it drain until it looks like clean fuel is coming out. Also you're going to want to replace that drain plug with an updated one.

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You don't have to let it drain until it stops. I usually just let it drain until it looks like clean fuel is coming out. Also you're going to want to replace that drain plug with an updated one.

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You don't have to let it drain completely, but you don't want to get too wet trying to replug. I don't think more than a cup or 2 comes out. I did mine today with the filters. The lower 2/3s of the filter was certainly darker than the top side. On my new, old truck, the last guy who tightened them on really cranked the covers on. I thought I was going to bust the cap on the HFCM.

The NAPA filter in the HFCM did not have the water separator on it! As well, the top-side filter had a twist to it from when it was snugged down. I certainly could not recommend these filters! The oil filter was a disaster waiting to happen when I changed it out last month! It had partially pulled away from the top. I have never used them before, and after this experience, I'll stick with Rancor, Motorcraft or Sure.

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If you had gunk in there, you need to change your filters ASAP, that means they are most likely coated with gunk too, at least the main filter on the frame rail will be. And that is not good for your injectors or engine etc.

I'd say you should get that done ASAP, I know I would. Also grab a new plug.
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Hmm okay. But sheet. I just changed 5k ago when truck was new to me and re did injectors so maybe it was residue.

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Hmm okay. But sheet. I just changed 5k ago when truck was new to me and re did injectors so maybe it was residue.
I agree with madcat, most especially if you changed all the injectors. It's cheap insurance. Those filters are not guaranteed for 10k miles. Make sure you are using the motorcraft or racor filters, it has the special membrane to trap water. The PO could have been filling up from a dirty supply tank, and thats what killed your injectors.

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Yeah man, Id swap that thing out asap.
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What size are the caps for the filters. I dont have the right socket and don't want to try it with a wrench.

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Where is the drain plug?

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