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Old 09-10-2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Fuel filter changing tips - 2000 Alpine

What is the procedure to change the fuel filter on a 2000 Alpine? Is there a secret tip to prevent many gallons of diesel fuel from draining out during the filter change?
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It would be nice if they had a shut off valve. On my 05 the water seperator filter will let a small amout drain from the line, maybe less than a cup. Filter on the engine is just a matter of not spilling it from the filter as you remove it.
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Mine has a valve on the bottom of the filter to drain fuel/water from for inspection. I drain a little periodically to see if water is being collected. When I change the filter I drain it first then unscrew it.
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I did have 2000 for 10 years. Since the filter is below the tank, fuel will siphon out. Have the drain pan under the filter. When you unscrew the old filter, make sure you pull the old washer off the threaded shaft. Have the new filter, in your hand, ready to screw on as soon as you remove it. You can open the bleeder to fill it. I never lost more than one quart total.
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When I change the Fuel Filter on my 2001 with a Cummins ISC I first I have the new one ready to go with gasket. Than I place a container under the area I am working. I remove the old filter make sure the gasket is off and install the new filter. I will lose less than a pint during the swap.

Once installed you turn the key to the on position for 45 seconds. (You will hear the electric priming pump run for 45 seconds and stop) turn the key off and repeat two or three times. This procedure will fill the fuel filter. Than I start the engine with no problem.

I place the old diesel fuel with my old oil and dump it an oil collection station.
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Dave, I may be mistaken, but, I don't think the oil collection stations want any diesel fuel. I know where we moor our boat they get upset if fuel is left.

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When I mix less than a pint with 5 or more gallons oil, Trans fluid and or differential fluid no one has said anything and it still smells like oil.

I also dump my oil at Auto Zone, Pep Boys or O’Reilly’s and they just show me where the tank is and I dump it myself.
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Dave - When I change my fuel filter I drain enough out into a container so I can remove it without spilling any. With the filter removed, I dump the remaining fuel into a container and then dump it into my (now don't laugh, I serious) BBQ lighter fluid container to use whenever I BBQ. There is little difference between diesel and BBQ lighter fluid and it works great even though it is dirty diesel.
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