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Old 06-01-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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Fuel Filters

Fuel Filters !
Changed all 3 of my Fuel Filters before I put the Old Gal to bed for the winter ( November) Woke up and Traveled to Florida on Feb 1 and since have traveled 7500 miles. On my way back from Atlanta a couple of weeks ago I noticed the Old Cummins was a little slugish.
This week I did a full service including the 3 Fuel Filters and Wow ! It came alive again.
Is the Fuel we buy really that dirty ? Please don't start on Algae in my tank as I know its clean.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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One bad batch of fuel is all it takes to clog any filter system.
Remember to drain any water out of filter system after fill up.
You should have a water drain on primary fuel diesel filter.
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Hey Ed !
I Always buy my fuel at Flying J's-- guess that doesn't guarantee clean fuel. However - No I don't ever see anything in my clear bowl on the water separator which is the 1st of the 3, I have. All I can say is this Cummins came alive as soon as I left the Drive,
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One of the reasons I'm picky about where I buy my fuel. I stick to truck stops because of the volume they sell. Not sure where you bought fuel but this is my first thought.
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Thanks Dennis - Good Point ! As stated above I always fuel up at Flying J's
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When mine is about to be parked for an extended stay its full of fuel with biocide added prior to filling. I don't need a crop of algae.


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Every trip back in town I fill it up at Flying J-- 8 miles from home.
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If the particles are small enough, they can pass though to the last filter , probably a 2 micron compared to the primary/water separator 30 micron .
Did you open the filters to check for the restriction.
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No I haven't opened the filters, but I will if these symptoms happen again. I'm on another trip this week and just enjoying the new found power.
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It's all a crap shoot. Just because a truck stop pumps a lot of diesel doesn't mean what you'll get is clean. If they just recieved a delivery, dumping a truckload of fuel into the tanks will stir up a lot of junk because it doesn't have time to settle. But it's still a good rule of thumb.
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It doesn't have to be a bad load of fuel. If you happened to fill up at a Flting J that's pumping B20, it may have acted as a detergent and dislodged crud from the tank. This is known to happen.

The Pilot Flying J website shows the biofuel content expected at their various stations.
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I've never seen Bio at the Truck Islands at Flying J and for sure never pumped it in my Tank.
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I've never seen Bio at the Truck Islands at Flying J and for sure never pumped it in my Tank.

They don't always have a sticker on the pump, but most Flying J locations are pumping between 5-20 % bio. Look at the locations on their web site.


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Steve- I thought they had to sticker the pumps ? Bio and the percentage ?
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