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Old 06-25-2008, 03:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1989 F250 ----Filters

Does any one have any recommendations on oil and fuel filters? New to diesel.. I recently bought a 1989 F250, IDI, Extended cab, non turbo, 5 speed manual. It has about 150,000 miles and it is in good condition.
It is time to replace the oil filter and the fuel filter.

I found a Motorcraft Oil Filter at O Reillys for $6.99 and the same filter at a Ford dealer for $18.00; then I found a Baldwin oil filter for $12.00 at a Parts Store. A man who I dont know said most people would buy the Baldwin because it is heavier??? Do you have a prefered brand?

I found Fuel Filters at dealers and at Parts Stores for $35.00 to $40.00. I found three brands Motorcraft, Baldwin and Racor. The same man who I dont know said to go with Racor because it does better on water removal and its the best. Do you have a prefered brand?

Any help on finding the best filters to buy will be appreciated.
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Well, here's the thing - you can actually use a PowerStroke oil filter on your IDI engine, tis about twice longer and supposedly filters better, and it will bolt up to the IDI. I think you want something like a 2000 model year PSD filter. I personally use a Wix filter cause that's what my local parts store carries, I paid like $17 for the extended capacity one (smaller than a PSD filter, but still larger than stock).
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I found a Motorcraft Oil Filter at O Reillys for $6.99
Walmart stocks the original Motorcraft too for about a buck less. I've always got my fuel filters about 4-5 at a time from one of the diesel fuel component sponsors here out of Texas.
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The bigger one for the PSD would be a Motorcraft FL-1995 and it's 10 bucks at wally world. (Not to mention RotellaT 15w40 is also 10 bucks a gallon. Pretty good deal vs autozone at 16.00. Especially when you have to buy 3 of them.)

Note: You probably have a front brake line there like everyone else, so before filling and installing the taller filter, dry fit it loosely(empty), and very gently thumb the brake line out of the way. You want at least a 1/4" or better clearance so when the motor moves around, it won't bust up the front brake lines.

I started using the FL-1995 filter in '96 when the truck had 30K on it. Now it has 255K and I've never had a single problem with particulate in the oil. I run about 4500m on RotellaT 15w40 and every change, a sample goes off to Blackstone. The twenty bucks is worth the piece of mind IMO.
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Whatever works. Other side of the coin, I have 239,600 using the standard (not PSD) filter and don't use any more oil now than the day I bought the truck new. Being as the standard filter was designed according to Ford's specs, compared to more important variables, in the long run it's no doubt going to make zero difference in engine life whichever one is used.
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you also get a little more oil capacity with the fl-1995 psd filter
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standard motocraft fuel filters work fine i change mine every 3 oil changes
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