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6.4L Oil Filter Problem?
A little backgound:
I did have a nice '05 CC Lariat 4x4 with the 6.0L - only problem was it was a long-bed with the extremely poor turning radius (I mainly used it to tow a long travel trailer and couldn't turn the TT around in less than a 60' area in my yard without back up, forward, repeat over and over). I was offered a super deal on an estate sale '08 short-bed Harley-Davidson cherry with less than 12K miles on the odo. So, got an immediate buyer for my '05 and a reasonable price for it and I now have the HD sitting in my garage. I'm ready to work on the 6.4 gremlins like the freakin' DPF, etc. In my lifetime, I've had well over 60 vehicles and rebuilt lotsa engines and trannies, so I'm not completely ignorant when it comes to these things. I'm busy these days trying to tell my DW how to do the 'easy' stuff around here because I had a major stroke about 5 years ago that left me with no balance and in a wheeliechair. (VERY frustrating!). Probably shuda lived a little wilder and louder when I had the chance, but I consider myself lucky that I've come out of this pretty much OK.
Decided that said 'new' HD should start from scratch with known maintenance, so 'we' drained the oil to replace it with T-9 synthetic. I have a left-over supply of Motorcraft FL-2016 oil filters that I bought a few moons ago for my old 6.0 and since, that's the recommended filter for the 6.4 as well, what the hay - what could be nicer.
Somewhere along the way, the previous owner decided that the local 'jiffy-lube' type shop should do the oil changes. 'We' pulled the old filter (looked kinda 'bow-legged') and tried to press one of my 2016's into the cap...no go. The cap only says: "25Nm" on the top with no other markings. I thinks if it was a Fomoco part, it would probably have a part no. or something on it. Other strange thing is that the 'old' filter is about 1/2" shorter than the 2016. Oh,oh...
Spent a lota time yesterday trying to find out what's what in the oil filter world. Did see a couple remarks that Ford changed the filter config for some early production '09 units, but most parts stuff still calls for an FL-2016 for that year. The build date for my HD is 1/08. (Would that be a 'late' production '08 or an 'early' production '09?) My VIN has an 'R' in the 8th slot...which is supposed to have a special meaning. My wife is off to the local Ford stealer parts dept. later today, but I don't expect much luck there.
If you have any good wisdom on this, I sure would very much appreciate it!!
Last edited by journeydog; 05-21-2012 at 08:13 AM.