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Old 09-29-2011, 09:15 PM   #11
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The new Powerstroke diesels have 13 qts. I will be changing mine every 5k like I said earlier. I use Rotella T-6 synthetic.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:28 PM   #12
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I know this post is talking about oil changes but how about diesel fuel filter changes. How often is everyone changing theirs. Every 4-5-6 oil changes or longer?
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:46 PM   #13
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I usually change mine every other year. I have never had a filter plug up but I am sure my turn is comming.

My cousin changed his for the first time at 50K miles. It was still working fine.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:25 AM   #14
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I know this post is talking about oil changes but how about diesel fuel filter changes. How often is everyone changing theirs. Every 4-5-6 oil changes or longer?
On my Duramax, the DIC tells you when to change the fuel filter. There was 18,379 miles on the clock when I changed it for the first time. Sorry to say that changing the fuel filter on the Duramax is a PIA compared to my former 7.3 PowerStroke. You have to remove the plastic wheel housing liner just to get at it and, for me, there was an additional step involved of removing the splash guard. Plus, it's recommended that you buy a special wrench for removing the water sensor that's attached to the bottom of the filter because it's easy to crack the plastic water sensor or damage the nut that's part of the sensor (which will set you back some $$$ if you do) with a regular wrench or pliers if you're not careful.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:14 AM   #15
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I change mine every 10,000 miles. Clean fuel is the life of a diesel as well as effecting performance.
I also don't remove the splash guard. If you remove the right side battery, which is easier than the splash guard, you can get right to the filter. I don't have the special tool for removal of the moisture sensor. I use a 15" crescent wrench, but I tighten it by turning the filter not the wrench because of the size of the wrench. I have used this procedure 9 times so far with zero problems.
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Every 5k! And always a new filter. I use Castrol Syntec (it has a new name but I don't remember what it is) and Motorcraft filters.
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The fuel filter on a Cummins is on the drivers side of the engine in the open.
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...I also don't remove the splash guard. If you remove the right side battery, which is easier than the splash guard, you can get right to the filter. I don't have the special tool for removal of the moisture sensor. I use a 15" crescent wrench, but I tighten it by turning the filter not the wrench because of the size of the wrench. I have used this procedure 9 times so far with zero problems.
Gee, Ed, I wonder which is the lesser of two evils- removing the battery or removing the plastic wheelhouse liner and splash guard (if installed)? Looks like either way, you have to remove something.
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The computer looks at how long the engine was run each time how hard it worked to do the calculations for when to change oil... when it says time to change I send my oil in for analysis. It always comes back with about 10% life left... so knowing that I now just do an analysis every 3 or 4 changes to keep track of how the internals are doing...
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5K or 6 months whichever comes first. Recently I changed to full synthetic 5W-40 Mobil 1 and my mileage has gone up. We'll see after 1K and a few tanks if it's true. Did notice a little more power on the start and the pressure came up faster upon start up.
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