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First oil change on 7.3

Hi guys. Doing the first oil change on the truck since I've got it. I'm no noob to oil changes, but I am a noob to the diesel. 4 gallons of T5, and a oil filter? Is there anything special? I had read that it's probably a good idea to do the fuel filter too? Truck has about 240k on it.

EDIT: Had no idea the motorcraft fl-1995 was the cheapest filter, so I'll definitely be doing that. Autozone has a Duralast fuel filter, planning on doing that as well.

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Well when it comes to oil I personally like using the delo that's comes in the blue jugs and a good motor craft filter but on the filter depending on how much it holds take a quart of oil and pour just about all of it in the filter this way the truck already has oil in the filter and don't have to work harder to get it there also on top of the filter there is a little rubber gasket dip your finger in the fresh new oil in the filter and rub it on the gasket doing this causes a good seal so that you won't have to worry about a loose filter and of course when putting it on there twist as tight as the filter WITH YOUR HANDS then do a half to almost full turn with the oil filter but with the fuel filter I change mine out about every third oil change.
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I used motorcraft oil and fuel filter. Rotella oil. Dont forget to fill the oil filter with oil before installing!
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Hi guys. Doing the first oil change on the truck since I've got it. I'm no noob to oil changes, but I am a noob to the diesel. 4 gallons of T5, and a oil filter? Is there anything special? I had read that it's probably a good idea to do the fuel filter too? Truck has about 240k on it.

EDIT: Had no idea the motorcraft fl-1995 was the cheapest filter, so I'll definitely be doing that. Autozone has a Duralast fuel filter, planning on doing that as well.
Stick with Motorcraft filter's, I use them for oil and fuel.

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Thanks guys. I guess it's the same as an oil change on a regular gas engine after all. Where can I get the top part so I can use an OEM fuel filter next time? It had one of the filters on it that was connected to the cap. I changed it, but I'd like to do OEM next time. Also, there is a bunch of gunk in the bottom of where the filter goes. How can I get that out?

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You should be able to find a fuel filter cover on eBay cheap enough.

If there's crap floating around in the bottom, the first thing you should try is draining the fuel bowl. There is (should be?) a yellow lever on the front corner of it that will drain fuel out onto the ground (usually it manages to clean the axle in the process, unless you've rerouted it). Throw something under there to catch the crud and drain the bowl, and it should get most of that out. If there's still grit, rinse it/wipe it out with a lint free cloth or something.

Or just get a turkey baster & suck the fuel and crud out. But try the drain valve first. You may need to run the engine to get enough pressure to blow it down if the drain tube is a bit clogged.
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Drained fuel. Just a bit of crud in the bottom.

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