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Old 01-18-2008, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Fuel Filter Restriction Sensor - Questions

Hi all,

I recently developed a leak from this sensor and after reading some good information from past threads, I called up my local International dealer (in Denver) to check on availablity of this part.

#1809435c1

The parts person explained to me that it had been discontinued.

Has anyone else checked on this sensor and can confirm this?

Looks like I'll be getting the 1/8 NPT plug and some yellow teflon tape for my repair, rather than spending $$ at Ford.

Also, I was wondering if I was to get the sensor, is any yellow teflon tape required for it as well or just put the sensor in dry?

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I just bought sensor 1809435C1 earlier this week from an International dealer (Brattain in Portland, OR). My factory sensor was installed dry (no sealer). It did not appear to be leaking from the pipe thread (it was leaking through the body of the sensor). Be VERY careful threading the new one in. Mine goes into the fuel bowl itself (yours should go into the FPR), but both are known for being weak aluminum castings. My fuel bowl split with VERY little torque on the sensor.

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Thanks Michael,

Well, that's pretty odd. I may go down there in person and see what's up. I appreciate the words of caution as well. I have the same leak as well; from the sensor body.

If you don't mind my asking, how much did you pay for the sensor? (You can PM if you want or prefer)

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Try powerstrokeshop.com for E8TZ-9S283-A. Many use the plug but I like to know while driving that there is a restriction. Don't use teflon tape in your fuel system. The smallest piece of tape can come loose and cause a clog. Use teflon paste or Permatex.
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I have found that McCandless isn't very helpful over the phone. I needed quite a few parts awhile back and kept being told it didn't exist or discontinued. I went down with my list talked a bit with the Parts guy gave him my list and he pulled everything and gave a decent discount for my troubles... Since - I haven't called them, if I need something I simply go down there. But with the discount I can get from Ford, I don't hardly make the trip out there...

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Don't use teflon tape in your fuel system. The smallest piece of tape can come loose and cause a clog. Use teflon paste or Permatex.

You shouldn't use tape on it because it electrically isolates the sensor from the body and even if there is a restriction the circuit won't be completed and the light won't come on.
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JB I have new one here that I do not need. Send me a PM.

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Thanks to all

Hi all,

Thanks to everybody!

Well, it's nice to know (I guess ) that my experience is not the only one with the dealer.

Regarding the paste/tape - thanks for the info. I won't use any on the sensor, but I'm still unsure of (if I wind up getting a plug instead) which to use. I understand not wanting to get the tape in the system, but I had read some other negative stuff about the paste, so I don't know. I think a discussion of why one is better than the other would be beneficial for someone like me, who doesn't know.

I've PM'd Tom S and hopefully I'll have a sensor to replace.

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tape vs dope

I used yellow tape and a brass plug, and haven't had a problem since. To my thinking, tape is much more predictable in its final location than dope. If you go this route, use the smallest wrench you can, and your weak hand; try finger tight plus 1/4 turn, then start and check for leaks with a flashlight and your fingers. If you tighten too much you WILL crack the FPR and then either spend way too much at Ford or the next two evenings with spray solvent and JB Weld (don't ask.) I figure if you buy good fuel and check your filter from time to time, I don't need the FRS to tell me anything.

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Sorry, I didn't see the question about the price of the sensor. It was $31.82.

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My light just came on AFTER a filter change and I have no idea where the switch is.
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fatboy here is a link to a picture of the sensor. Ford calls it a fuel filter vaccuum switch.
easy to take out, i did it yesterday in about 3 min. i didnt use any tape or paste though.

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fatboy, it will depend on your truck. If you have an earlier 95 it could be on the backside of the fuel bowl, waaaay down towards the bottom (a real pain to change it even with a plug). If it is a later one, it should be on the regulator body on the driver's side (like in the picture posted by arob 47 ... much easier to get to). Cheers!
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Well after the post I took the cover off the top the the engine and found it and it must be an early 95 cause it looks like it is goin to be a PITA

thanks guys for the reply, It looks like I'll need a swivel or something.
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