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Old 10-20-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Angry Fuel strainer

Did a complete service on my 06 Journey this morning, changed the oil and filter, changed the fuel/water seperater, changed the front axle lube, greased the entire chassis and universals, checked the diff. fluid, checked the tire pressures, and then the dreded fuel strainer.

When is somebody going to come up with a relocation kit for the strainer? Accomplished everything in the same time it took to change the strainer. What were they thinking when they designed this chassis? I will just bite the bullet next time and have Freightliner change the strainer. I just don't have the emotional strength or arms long enough to do it again. Had to raise the rear as high as the jacks would go to get under it and then bridge from my head to my heals to reach it. I can't wait until tomorrow morning to see if I will be able to walk. OK, sorry just venting.
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You're not the first to complain about the location, hard to imagine anywhere that would have been worse. I did mine in a parking lot while on the road, I'm pretty slim and was just barely able to get in there, I don't think a big guy could do it just using the coach jacks. I had the dw standing by to pass tools as once in I only wanted to crawl out once. Thought I was being smart, took a container to poor the diesel into, then while still in the cramped quarters, moved the wrong way and poured the whole thing all over myself. Nice. Just to let you know you're not the only one.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:26 AM   #3
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What are you referring to when you say 'fuel strainer'? Are you talking about the secondary fuel filter on the engine? If so, it can certainly be easily relocated to a more convenient location--I had that done with mine.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:11 AM   #4
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No the strainer on my motorhome (Cummins engine) is located on the right side frame rail just above the rear dual wheels. You have to be a contorsionist (probably spelled wrong) to get to it.

The next stainer change I am thinking about drilling out the center of the filter I removed making it just a through pipe to span the gap in the fuel line and moving the stainer to a straight section of fuel line just ahead of the seperater. I wish I had thought of it yesterday before I used a pipe cutter to cut the filter in half to see what was inside. The strainer was full of goo and crud. Although painful, I am glad I changed it, I would hate to try to do it on the side of the road.
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