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post #1 of 11 Old 06-26-2011, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Filter Worries?

I just picked up an 08 XLT SC LB. It had 29995 miles on it when I bought it. It now has 31,000 and change. The service sticker shows it had the oil changed by the dealership I bought it from; but, based on today's findings, I may do it myself so I know for sure.

I picked it up at a GMC Dealership and I was told it was traded in for an Escalade. The previous owner inherited it and didn't want a truck.

I did a title history on it and I am the third owner. The first owner put it in service in March 2007, apparently when they 1st rolled out the 08's. The 2nd owner, the son of the first owner got it in November last year and traded it in January; apparently soon after he got the clear title for it.

Figuring the truck has seen a fairly easy life based on it's mileage, I popped into my local Ford Dealer and got a look at the service life of the truck. The previous owner(s) only had it to Ford for a radiator (the venturi setup is in place) and a reflash. No other history of the truck in Ford's computer.

Figuring the truck was owned by an older fellow, I figured the fuel filters would be a good place to start catching up with maintenance. I pulled these out of the truck today: Fuel Filter Worries?-filters.jpg

Not knowing how the previous owner(s) had service done, it looks like this truck, although it has had an easy life; did not get the service it needed.

I guess it is hard to know if the filters have ever been replaced or if these are original from the factory. Based on their appearance, I'd think they have never been replaced.

Anyone have any ideas from the looks of these filters? Seeing that these have not been touched; is there anything else that should be a priority to service?

I've been out of the PSD game since 2002, so any pointers would be much appreciated.

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They just look like normal used fuel filters to me. I couldn't see anything alarming in the picture. Was there any metal or any other major debris that you could see in or on them? You already have a good head start on making sure that its caught up on maintenance. Even if the GMC dealer did change the oil they may have used a cheap parts house oil filter. As cheap insurance I'd still put in the quality oil of your choice and know for sure that you have a good Motorcraft filter in it. And check on your air filter of course since its probably the stock one.

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I guess it's the not knowing that bothers me.

I did not see any metal in the residue, only a little water, maybe...maybe a tablespoon full, a little bit of grit, what you expect to catch from a filter. I did have a hell of a time getting the valve open so I am thinking it is the first time it was ever opened.

If those look "normally" dirty, I guess I'm good to go.

My dealer is mod friendly so I have no worries there and my 3/36 is up anyway seeing how the truck has been in service for 4 years. I have been reading the nightmares of the engine/drivetrain warranty being axed for fuel issues. I just want to be sure the sensitive parts are cared for.

From the looks of the truck, the seats, floors and exterior, it looks like the previous owner was an older fellow that just drove it lightly. Very low mileage, no signs of a wreck, just low normal everyday use.

Air filter is clean, not new but clean, a few leaves were in the box, but nothing outrageous. I'm just getting the impression he never had the routine maintenance done. The dealer where I bought it does have a good diesel guy that works on the DMax's and he said he put Rotella T in it and NAPA filter so I am confident I'm good for another thousand or so for the oil.

I'm just trying to make sure if the truck had little or no maintenance in 30K miles I get the bases covered.
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Always use motorcraft filters, no matter what. That's the priority right there IMO.


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Always use motorcraft filters, no matter what. That's the priority right there IMO.
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IMO I would change the fuel filters also. I change mine every 10k miles and like the other guys said, use Motor Craft filters or the correct Racor replacement. Racor makes Motor Craft's filters for them. This is the place I get mine from, if you're looking.

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X3, its not worth risking it with a cheap, off-brand filter. We keep the Motorcraft/Racor fuel filters in stock at all times and have free shipping on orders over $50. Below are links to them on our site with pricing.

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when i bought my 08 last month i changed fuel filters, and found "FF" (First Filter) stamped on the top of it. That is what ford stamps on the 1st ones installed when they build it. oh yea and i forgot to tell you that the truck had 68,000 miles on it...... After i already bought it, i looked up service and this truck had a BUNCH done to it. but moral of the story is change em out regular.
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Changing the filters is relatively cheap insurance. Like everyone said, Motorcraft or Racor only for me.
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I buy all my filters from the dealership so I can have a record that I'm using OEM parts if I ever have motor troubles. For awhile there Ford was denying warranties due to water in the fuel.

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