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Old 07-15-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Secondary Fuel Filter

So I took the coach to get the second fuel filter changed at Speedco. After trying for 45 minutes, they couldnít get to it.

Can I go every other year on this one? Iím unable to get at it myself.
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:30 PM   #2
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Secondary Fuel Filter

Any recommendations here? Tips or tricks to get at it without getting shocked?
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Old 07-16-2019, 03:48 PM   #3
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I know on ours we had to take off the air cleaner housing if your talking about the filter back there.
Yes it was a chore but doable.
Would I go 2 years without changing that one?
Yes.
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Folks at Cummins NW, Coburg have told me they always 'stock' a skinny tech for getting up in the engine area to pull the filter, if this is the filter you are after.
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Folks at Cummins NW, Coburg have told me they always 'stock' a skinny tech for getting up in the engine area to pull the filter, if this is the filter you are after.


Thatís the one Iím after. Iím 5í 10Ē and 160 lbs. and I still canít get to it...
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:10 AM   #6
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I had mine changed at Cummins Coburg. I've also had it changed at Speedco in Aurora Oregon and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The guys in Council Bluffs said they couldn't change it but when I told them their counterparts in Oregon did it they tried again and got it changed. Lots of high fives after.
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I had mine changed at Cummins Coburg. I've also had it changed at Speedco in Aurora Oregon and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The guys in Council Bluffs said they couldn't change it but when I told them their counterparts in Oregon did it they tried again and got it changed. Lots of high fives after.


Itís crazy to me that they would choose that location for such a vital part.
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Itís crazy to me that they would choose that location for such a vital part.
Cummins probably had no idea how their engine would be installed and WRV simply hadn't thought about the mechanics having to change it.
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I change my oil and filter every year ,I change my fuel filters every 2 years but I only log about 8000 mi per year,but I do carry extra filters on board.
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Just a question, since our 2003 fuel filters were evidently different:


Can the secondary fuel filter be accessed from the bedroom (yes, model dependent as I am sure access is different for fore/aft bed vs transverse bed)???


I know the passenger's side of the ISL engine on our 2003 was very accessible from above (fore/aft bed).


Anyone have a picture?



Yes, "inquiring minds want to know".


Anyone have a picture?
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My 2006 also has a fore/aft bed and it is very easy to change the filter from the top. That said I had that filter changed once by a local Western Star dealer and they charged me an extra $45 labor. They did not have access through the bed. They said they had to remove something to get to it. Don't recall what that something was.
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My 2006 also has a fore/aft bed and it is very easy to change the filter from the top. That said I had that filter changed once by a local Western Star dealer and they charged me an extra $45 labor. They did not have access through the bed. They said they had to remove something to get to it. Don't recall what that something was.
My understanding is that the starter needs to be removed to change it from below.
I haven't done mine yet, luckily I have a North/South bed and plan to get to it from under the bed.
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FWIW,

I changed mine from below, for the last time. This is the 3rd change since I bought it about 5 years ago. I changed it when I bought it and then had it changed once when it was in the shop for something else and I had them service it.

The most recent change I did myself from below.

I disconnected the batts and wrapped the starter in plastic. I had an old moving pad on the ground, to soak up any spills, on top of a plastic tarp.

Somehow I snaked my arm up around the starter and got in a position to get a good grip on the filter and fortunately I was able to break it loose by hand. I lowered it without spilling much and then screwed the new one in, after cleaning the mating surfaces.

I tightened it as much as possible by hand, put things back together, started it and checked for leaks. Voila!!

It's really nice being able to install the new filter empty, no muss no fuss.

I believe this is the last time I'm gonna do this. I'm getting to old and stove up to crawl around on the ground and every time I bump my arm on a nut, bolt or part, my skin falls off!!

If I was a smart guy I'd figure a way to move the filter to a remote location, maybe right next to the other filter!

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I replace mine from the side after removing the air cleaner housing. Itís a pain, I change it every other oil change. I also make sure there are no young ears around as the language gets colorful!
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