You should post this in the DIY thread too if you don't mind...thanks.
This is a discussion on EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change - A video I took while changing my fuel filter. within the RAM 1500 Diesel Maintenance forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; I know there are some folks on here that are still paying the stealerships to change their fuel filters. I know that some folks are ...
I know there are some folks on here that are still paying the stealerships to change their fuel filters. I know that some folks are nervous doing some of their own maintanence... but the fuel filter is sooooo easy... that you should just do it yourself!
Nice video and you're right about STEALership. I changed mine, using the bag technique, like you, but used a ratchet and the Geno's Garage tool instead of the oil filter wrench. Anyway, I was really curious what they would charge, so I called the dealership after I had changed it. They said they would charge 250.00. That made me really happy, because it cost me 15 minutes and 30.00 for the filter.
Keep truckin' man, nice video!
Great video, I had a similar experience. One tip for you though, ditch the wedding ring when you do automotive work (or really any physical work). I know a couple guys who had to have their left ring finger amputated. They each made one careless slip and learned a painful lesson (one had the ring pinched and then ripped off his finger along with most of the tissue and the other was a 12 volt electical short through his ring. Instantly turned the ring cherry red and cooked his finger through the bone).
And then you need to prime the filter?
this makes it look pretty simple - I am always intimidated about doing this myself, I always break stuff when I try it. with that being said I tried to let the dealership do my maintenance and have felt the aggravation. I always asked them to complete the suggested maintenance list that is provided in the owners manual for that KM interval along with my oil change. Last month (where I heard about changing fuel filters ever 20 - 30K) I get looking through my receipts only to find out the fuel filter was not changed at 48K according to the work list. Also looking back through, I never saw anything about checking/draining water from the filter. So it turns out that I went 60xxx KM on the factory filter by the time I got it replaced. My fuel economy did get better for the next couple tanks but is back up now to 11.3L/100km.
Long story, sorry - but I'm looking at doing my own maintenance and DIY vids like this help. Keep them coming folks if you could.
Thanks for posting. No matter the experience level, there's something there for everyone.
Nice to loosen the filter first so that it can be hand-loosened later in that bag. After loosening it, you can crack that drain screw and let it drain a bit into a pan or something. That screw is "trapped" and does not fall out unless you pull it out. It also drains better if pushed up a little after loose. At least when you do bag the filter there's less fuel to fill the bag.
Now the bag idea works well after a little loosening and draining. So simple even the mechanically inept can be successful.
As for the smell of diesel under the armpits, it might excite women? Try and let us know.