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Less Messy Fuel Filter Change

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    That's drain plug from the factory is just a joke!


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    It is not actually a drain plug for fuel, it is a drain for any accumulated water in the system.
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    Less Messy Fuel Filter Change

    Did my first fuel filter change today. I found that with the water plug opened and the housing unthreaded past the red o ring, fuel continued to run out of the plug every time I unthreaded the housing a bit more. Would unthread 1/8 turn and more would run out. Did this probably 5-6 times and I got very little fuel on me. Was just about empty when I got it all the way off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPhauler View Post
    Did my first fuel filter change today. I found that with the water plug opened and the housing unthreaded past the red o ring, fuel continued to run out of the plug every time I unthreaded the housing a bit more. Would unthread 1/8 turn and more would run out. Did this probably 5-6 times and I got very little fuel on me. Was just about empty when I got it all the way off.
    Yup that's how I do it. You get almost all the fuel out this way! Not a messy job at all


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    Just turned 30K on mine and changed the fuel filter, dealer wanted $200 for the service! Purchased the filter online for $25 and took 15min of my time. Used the wiggled method as well and did not spill or drip any fuel, only 3-4 drops hit the garage from the line after the filter was removed.

    Was super simple raised the truck to off road II and came in from the passenger rear, didn't even need a strap wrench, easily removed with a twist of the hand. Next time I will probably not even turn the water screw as that is only if you need to drain water from the housing if the sensor detects water. Surprisingly nothing came out and if changing the filter any water would be removed with the change.

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    Dealer wanted $192.00 for this extremely simple fuel filter change process......

    Literally took less than 10 minutes, small Halloween trick-r-treat bucket my kids had laying in the garage, strap filter wrench and long dish washing gloves from my wife's collection.......was at 23000 miles and will start doing this every 20k miles as its too easy not to do in your garage......

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2305 View Post
    It just more work to get the spare off than changing the filter on one's back.
    Personally, I try to work smarter & not harder. The more I can get to in an upright position without getting fuel all over me or my work area, the better. It's also good to work the fittings on the spare once in a while so they don't cease up when you really need the spare (usually on a cold, dark & rainy night). I'm with Tony on this one - a few more steps is worth it in the end.

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    Took me 30 minutes from the start to the finish. I used the Geno's Garage fuel filter wrench to remove the filter housing, and replaced the factor drain plug on the filter housing with the brass plug that came with the wrench.
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