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Old 11-23-2012, 04:57 PM
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fuel filters question...

I had the garage do an oil change for me today.. used rotela.. had them get filters for both oil and fuel, as silly as it sounds, so I would have record of them being done (just got new warranty)...

The filters were delivered from napa.. the secondary filter was a dead ringer for the one that came off it, but the primary doesn't have the little screen on it.. it fits just fine, it just doesn't have the screen material on it..

Is this a bad thing? Should I get it out of there? Those two filters cost me $120, and I would like to get 5k miles out of them, but if this is a bad thing, I'll pull them out quick like.. thoughts?
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:18 PM
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not sure its a bad thing if you do just get it out after 5k , But i highly recommend the motorcraft filters , for both fuel and oil , and possibly look into installing the airdog for fuel filtration purposes
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The two fuel filters cost you $120? What brand are they? I believe the "screen" on the primary one is some sort of water barrier. Best to just stick with Motorcraft (Racor), there are many online retailers.
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I'm pretty sure you're right about the water barrier thing, I've seen them used in other applications for similar purpose..

I don't know what brand they are.. I only know they came from napa because the goofy little hat on the car that delivered them.. the garage changed the secondary filter for me since they were right there while swapping oil.. I ain't got a clue what to do with 15qts of used oil, and I needed an inspection, and also the paper trail thing was the only reason I didn't do all this myself.. I did inspect the secondary fuel and the oil filter while I was standing there, and later the primary filter, after I did that one at home..

The one with the screen appears to be the same filter medium as the new one, and same density, but It simply lacks the screen.. and the screen beyond doubt isn't supposed to come off of it, because I tried that.. I just hope I ain't taking a risk that I don't need to be..

Also, I broke that little plastic lever for the water separator.. dang it.. will be getting a new one.. I understand the entire kit including filter is available from stealership for around $50.. I reckon I just need this one to get me to that point..
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:40 AM
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The two fuel filters cost you $120? What brand are they? I believe the "screen" on the primary one is some sort of water barrier. Best to just stick with Motorcraft (Racor), there are many online retailers.


I stick with Motorcraft or Racor filters.
They can easly be found for $40 to $45.
The outer wrap on the primary filter is a water block.

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I understand the paper trail for warranty, but I would start buying my own filters and taking them with me at the very least. I recently did oil and fuel filters and I got the set of fuel filters and the oil filter (both Racor filters) for right at $50
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:37 PM
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Yeah, I'm with the, "You need to get Motorcraft/Racor oil and fuel filters" crowd.

It's too much of a dice roll to go any other way and you're not even saving any money. I get both sent to my doorstep for about 70 bucks total. And your receipt is a paper trail.
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