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jeff14

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Posted: 02/03/12 07:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Should I being carring an extra fuel filter for my diesel tow vehicle?

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Well, unless you believe you can buy one at any corner or mile marker on the highway, I'd keep one with me. What's it gonna cost, and it's not as if you will never use it...having a spare tire is a no brainer....with a diesel, the fuel system is just as important.


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Posted: 02/03/12 07:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Absolutely!!! I carry spare air, fuel, oil, & tranny filters...always.

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Posted: 02/03/12 07:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My opinion? No.

Change them regularly and relax.

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Posted: 02/03/12 08:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why not carry a spare just like your tire. My spare tire hasn't seen the ground and it sure weights a lot more.


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Posted: 02/03/12 08:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

when you have a filter start plugging you can always call a service to fix your rig. but if the filter isn't on their truck you will be faced with a tow.. so why not carry a spare filter, as you never know when the filter will stop bad fuel from getting to your engine. this is so much more important with a diesel vehicle as diesel in the u.s. is still a poorly filtered fuel...


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Posted: 02/03/12 09:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always carry one. Make sure you know how to how to change it and how to prime the system if needed. Bad fuel puts you on the side of the road real quick. Been there...middle of Nowhere, Kansas. Glad I had a filter.

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Been driving diesels for over 200,000 miles. Maybe I've been lucky? Have not had a fuel filter stop me yet, but I change more often than recommended. If you are experiencing a power loss tell your roadside assistance what truck/engine you have and that you may need a filter. All major parts stores carry replacements for the big 3. I just switched to a HDT a year ago and now carry a spare as it is not available at auto zone for my truck, but is the same filter as most OTR trucks so I will not likely ever need it if I keep changing it before it is "due".
Change often and buy fuel where the big boy trucks do, you will not likely ever need a spare.


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Posted: 02/03/12 09:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never carried a lot of extra parts since there is virtually no part of the USA that you can't buy common parts if they are needed. It is also pretty rare that a filter will need replacing between pre-scheduled changes. Just keep up on the preventative maintenance and you'll be very unlikely to ever need one unexpectedly.
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Posted: 02/03/12 10:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I hope I never need it but there is a spare fuel filter under the back seat in my truck.

With regular changes you might never need to use the spare, I keep one for a possible bad batch of fuel or winter gelling. The truck is now 5 years old and touch wood I have never had to use the spare.


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