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Old 07-21-2014, 04:41 PM
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Fuel Filter Change

Learned a very important lesson today gentlemen. Changed my fuel filters today and thanks to all the input on this forum everything went like a dream. Since I don't load my truck very often and going by the book I was going to wait till 20K to change my filters. I ordered them last week and they came in today. So I said what the heck I will go ahead and change them now with 17k on the odometer. I will NEVER wait that long again... The primary filter was very discolored. It wasn't full of trash or debris but was very discolored.... I always get fuel from the same station and faithfully drain my water separator every month and have never noticed any trash and 0% water every single time. That was one of the reasons why I was going to wait till 20K to change the filters. I thought things were ok. Never again.... Every 10K for this guy from here on out...
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:28 PM
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I feel the same way. I'll gladly change more often for some piece of mind.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:40 PM
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It is a small price to pay for a peace of mind and so easy to do. May talk myself right in to changing them every 5k with the oil changes...
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:57 PM
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Yep. Every 10k miles for me too.


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I went 15k miles for my first change and the filters were not that bad to my surprise. I'm going to change at 10K miles for this next one and see what I find but if they look like they did from the first change, I'll be going 15k miles after that.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:43 AM
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When you say discolored what do you mean? Which of the two filters was discolored and what adverse affects does that have on anything?

My air filter turns black as it is used but that does not mean it is bad so I am trying to get more detail on what you saw. I am in the same bout you are mileage wise.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:03 AM
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I do mine every 10k or two oil changes. Aside from the financial hit, I view changing fuel filters like oil changes these days.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:44 AM
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How much does changing the fuel filters cost in parts when you do it alone? I know that when I have my oil changed and all filters replaced it usually runs me about 275 at the dealership.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:59 AM
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How much does changing the fuel filters cost in parts when you do it alone? I know that when I have my oil changed and all filters replaced it usually runs me about 275 at the dealership.
There's a few sites online that have good prices for the filters... just depends on what your local parts store are selling for. I just ordered both fuel filters and oil filter for mine yesterday at $65 shipped. Local parts shops around I've seen the fuel filter set alone anywhere from 75-100, and oil filter at 20-25.

$275 is a bit steep for me to do all of this. I can usually do a full oil change, including filter for under $100. Once you figure the time wasted at the dealrship, plus the piece of mind of doing it yourself, I'll never take mine in to have someone else do it for me... just my .02$
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:35 PM
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When you say discolored what do you mean? Which of the two filters was discolored and what adverse affects does that have on anything?

My air filter turns black as it is used but that does not mean it is bad so I am trying to get more detail on what you saw. I am in the same bout you are mileage wise.
It was just darker when compared to the new one. It had no trash or particles that I could see, and I looked at it very closely. Just compared to the new one it was many shades darker than the nice pretty white new one. Was much darker than the diesel I put in it. And maybe the things turn a darker shade when they get wet. All this is with the primary filter on the frame rail. I was temped to cut open the secondary filter which comes from under the hood but didn't take the time to do so. Hope this helps.
The next new one I get I will pour diesel on it just to see if it changes colors due to being wet...
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