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post #1 of 10 Old 03-07-2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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1 millionth fuel filter thread...

Kinda seems that way anyways Pulled my truck in my shop with less than a quarter of a tank of fuel. Started it draining by opening the valve underneith the truck. While it was draining, I started cracking open the top filter on the engine until I could hear it sucking air. The bottom filter completely quit draining after about 2 minutes. Got underneith it, used my 36mm socket directly on the ratchet (no extensions) and unscrewed the bottom filter...NO DIESEL BATH!!!! I don't think I even got a drop on me!! Changed out that filter, then the top filter, AND DONE!

This is the completely opposite result of my last time changing the filter. I had diesel all over my face, chest, arms, underarms, bellybutton, neck, and even some in my mouth. This was coupled with about 4 dozen f-bombs and references to the sorry engineer that designed the bottom mounted filter casing. My wife wouldn't even let me come in the house without stripping completely naked in 2' of fresh fallen snow. I think the two biggest keys to not taking a bath in diesel is to let the truck get below a quarter of a tank and to crack open the top filter as you are draining the bottom filter. Sure worked for me!!

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yeah, I always get my fuel levels as low as humanly possible so my tech doesn't get showered with diesel. Hope that it helps makes his job nicer and my service top notch.
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Diesel fuel ruins your shirt and tastes terrible. Three showers will get most of the smell out.

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Great info thanks!
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Diesel fuel ruins your shirt and tastes terrible. Three showers will get most of the smell out.
Lol, diesel taste bad, but you should try hydraulic fluid.

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I used my buddys lift the other day. Pulled on the lift, changed top engine filter completely first, then drained bottom filter for about a minute and changed it out with no problems either. Actually took longer to prime the system cycling the key than to change the filters since I was hurrying to get out my buds way.

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diesel sucks and hydraulic oil does too but worste of all is 80 90 that stuffs bad news
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good info. My worst is JP-8 (jet fuel).....sh*t burns the eyes!! lol

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Many, many years ago I got gasoline in my ear. Talk about pain. I jumped in the tub with my clothes on and turned the spigot on and stuck my head under it.

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I just changed my fuel filters on Sunday. I had half a tank of fuel. I positioned the truck with the rear end downhill, and then drove the front end up on a set of ramps. All I could get out of the drain was a little less than a quart. Changed the underhood filter, using a step stool, and then changed the one on the frame rail. Got no diesel on me, at all. I wore rubber gloves, though. But, there was no bath of fuel rushing out. The hardest part was maneuvering the cap and filters out and in for the lower filter.
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