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Old 10-04-2005, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Changing the 6.0 fuel filter is enough to.....

make one seriously consider a, dare I say it, Ram or Bowtie. It was my first change. I did all the things suggested on the forum (less tnan 1/4 tank, nose down hill, drain plug out yada! yada!) but it is still a pain in the a** to get to, especially with the extra drive shaft, and I got diesel fuel all over every thing within ten feet of the truck including me. Oh! and fuel never stopped dribbling from the filter housing the entire time. Makes me pine for my old 7.3. There is a special place in hell for whoever dreamed up that fiasco. Shoulda waited until the weekend. Now I'll have to smell like diesel until saturday.
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You do lose a little bit of fuel but I'll still take one of these ANY day over a Dodge diesel. I think those a royal pain in the rear!
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Well, first off the nose should be slightly up hill not down, and the fuel cap should be removed to remove any pressure in the system. I did mine for the first time this weekend and had no problems at all. It only drained about a pint out with none getting on me. Only took about 30 min to change both filters. Easy as can be.
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make one seriously consider a, dare I say it, Ram or Bowtie. It was my first change. I did all the things suggested on the forum (less tnan 1/4 tank, nose down hill, drain plug out yada! yada!) but it is still a pain in the a** to get to, especially with the extra drive shaft, and I got diesel fuel all over every thing within ten feet of the truck including me. Oh! and fuel never stopped dribbling from the filter housing the entire time. Makes me pine for my old 7.3. There is a special place in hell for whoever dreamed up that fiasco. Shoulda waited until the weekend. Now I'll have to smell like diesel until saturday.

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I like the part about having to smell of diesel till saturday. Those weekly showers can be a pain if you happen to get smelly early in the week. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Well, first off the nose should be slightly up hill not down...

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Ummm, I'm gonna disagree with you on that one. I've done mine several times now and pointing the nose uphill is a sure way to get diesel all over your hands, shirt, frame rail, etc.... Pointing it downhill and then opening the drainplug first is the way to go. Let it drain out into a container of some sort (I use a 2 liter soda bottle that I cut the top off of) until it quits draining, (which should be about a third of that 2 liter soda bottle). Then remove the filter. Doing it this way sends virtually all the fuel in the HFCM out the drain, leaving very little on the filter itself when you pull it out.
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I had it drain all over everywhere too. Most of the grass near my driveway is dead now, but it's Ok, I don't have to weed it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Well I followed these instructions and all went well.
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Re: Changing the 6.0 fuel filter is enough to.....

Funny, I think it's quite easy...

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...but then again, I do them on a lift with a large transmission drain pan on a hoist oil drain with all of the right tools and tricks!

P.S. - I don't tilt the truck or open the fuel cap either. I DO remove the engine mounted fuel filter first at the same time I have the oil filter out to do the oil change. I can do an oil change and fuel filters in 1/2 hour including setting up the lift. The only problem I encounter is how long I have to wait at the parts counter. I know I am being a wise-ass but I couldn't resist! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]



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Yeah, you try squeezing my 250 lb fat a** under their with the step bars resting on your gut and you might smell like I do. I have a friend who is a Diesel mech. who has a pit at his shop deep enough to stand under. I should have gone there. Next time I will. I will admit all went as it should except for the Diesel bath and the fact that the primary filter cover was harder to remove than I expected. It took many short throws with that ratchet between the front drive shaft and the frame to get it loose enough to turn by hand.
BTW maybe you should get your parts form an after market supplier, He! He! He!.
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Yeah, you try squeezing my 250 lb fat a** under their with the step bars resting on your gut and you might smell like I do.

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BTW maybe you should get your parts form an after market supplier, He! He! He!.

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You're probably right, I might get them quicker on certain occasions and they would be cheaper!
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Did you remove the fuel cap? If not, your gonna get wet. Tank will still be lightly under pressure...the fuel will fly. You should get about 12 ounces to leak out of HFCM when removing plug. A little when replacing filter. Wait about 17-18 thousand and try again. And put some never-seize or light grease on threads of drain plug or risk it sticking and stripping. Have fun!
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No, I forgot to remove cap although it was early morn and in the high 70s. Next time for sure. I find that the drain needs only a very gentle snug as the o ring actually does the sealing. I've drained mine 3-4 times with no sticking but...who knows what the next time may bring. I asked my dealer about the steel drain plug and he professed ignorance. He promised to check on it but I never heard back. I need to give him a gentle nudge.
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We don't ever drain the separator... we just replace the header..
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ive changed mine twice. each time i plan it with my oil change. when the oil is out i pull my niftty oil catch pan over to the fuel filer, wrap a rag around my wrist and all it good. i also use an extension on my soket to break it loose and then finish with my hand. i also happen to like the smell of diesl.
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Don't get me wrong here. I like the smell of Diesel fuel too but I also have to live with "she who must be obeyed" who objects to the sofa and bed smelling of it. Imagine that.
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