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Old 05-10-2017, 05:50 AM   #1
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Time for my first fuel filter change. I figured the dealer would charge me close to $300 to change them so I looked on youTube and various forums to see what it was all about. Seems simple enough if you get the right tools.

Purchased the filters from Amazon. About $80 for both.

I had to purchase a 28mm socket, 1/2" universal, and two 8" 1/2" extension bars. I already had the 1/2" handle. You need a 3/8" ID hose to connect to the rear filter and a 1/2" ID hose for the front filter drain. An oil filter wrench to remove the rear fuel filter. Then a drip pan to catch the drained fuel, rags, paper towels. I have one of those pans that has a collection reservoir so I can take the oil and fuel in to be recycled.

I had to do it outside so best to wait when its not windy and on a hard surface. There is enough clearance underneath so you don't have to jack up the truck.

It does get a little messy under the back end even after draining the fuel from the bottom drain cock some fuel came out as I unscrewed the filter.

The front filter housing top was at first difficult to get off and I had to go back to the auto parts store to get a 2nd 8" extension so I could thread it straight down to the filter housing top with the handle above the engine so I could apply better leverage.

On the road it may be a pain to do this so I'm thinking just order the filters online and get a shop to do the work should only charge an hour labor.

Almost forgot the reset the fuel filter maintenance meter in the dash.

I spent about $35 in extra tools to do this job.

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Wow. How often do you have to change these filters?
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The truck tells you when the two filters need changing -- as it does for a regular oil change. I've done the two fuel filters myself. I let the Ram dealer do the oil changes as they also include other PMCS at the same time. With a diesel, air, oil and fuel filters are central to a long and happy life of an AMAZING engine!
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Wow. How often do you have to change these filters?
Every 15,000 miles...I let the dealer do mine so far but could do it myself if I wanted and had the time.

Nice to have the dealer responsible for that plastic cap when it breaks...wish they used screw on fuel filters like the one for oil.

I paid around $300 for a complete service...fuel filters, oil change using Rotella 15-40 and they checked all other fluids and washed my truck.

This gives them records of service and me peace of mind.
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Explain to me again just WHY a diesel is better than gas?
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There must be as many threads on here on diesel vs gasses as there are on Michelin LT's vs GYM tires. My quick (and a bit smug) reply is...700 pounds of torque and exhaust braking!
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Time for my first fuel filter change. I figured the dealer would charge me close to $300 to change them so I looked on youTube and various forums to see what it was all about. Seems simple enough if you get the right tools.

Purchased the filters from Amazon. About $80 for both.

I had to purchase a 28mm socket, 1/2" universal, and two 8" 1/2" extension bars. I already had the 1/2" handle. You need a 3/8" ID hose to connect to the rear filter and a 1/2" ID hose for the front filter drain. An oil filter wrench to remove the rear fuel filter. Then a drip pan to catch the drained fuel, rags, paper towels. I have one of those pans that has a collection reservoir so I can take the oil and fuel in to be recycled.

I had to do it outside so best to wait when its not windy and on a hard surface. There is enough clearance underneath so you don't have to jack up the truck.

It does get a little messy under the back end even after draining the fuel from the bottom drain cock some fuel came out as I unscrewed the filter.

The front filter housing top was at first difficult to get off and I had to go back to the auto parts store to get a 2nd 8" extension so I could thread it straight down to the filter housing top with the handle above the engine so I could apply better leverage.

On the road it may be a pain to do this so I'm thinking just order the filters online and get a shop to do the work should only charge an hour labor.

Almost forgot the reset the fuel filter maintenance meter in the dash.

I spent about $35 in extra tools to do this job.

Kelvin
I took the tool kit and both MoPar filters to Alaska last summer in the event that they needed to be changed in a remote part of Canada or Alaska. Thankfully a DIY wan not necessary. I had a dealer in Alaska do the 15K mile change along with a regular service.
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There must be as many threads on here on diesel vs gasses as there are on Michelin LT's vs GYM tires. My quick (and a bit smug) reply is...700 pounds of torque and exhaust braking!
That's OK. It was a smart aleck question.
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All those filter changes

I have a 2001 Ram 5.9liter 2500 hd. I change the oil every 4000 miles the fuel filter every two years. I get 13 mph pulling a 1997 classic excella. hitSorry about you guys with all this new bull ****.
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I went from 20 years of diesels to a Toyota Tundra TRD with 5.7 4:30 diff and love it. Just returned from west vacation (6000 miles) and it was great. This is everyday driver and is great with the 31 classic as well. Everyone has to choose what fits budget and use. The power and performance is amazing and I am happy. I loved my diesels but we are very pleased with our 7th Toyota and 1st Tundra.
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I have a 2001 Ram 5.9liter 2500 hd. I change the oil every 4000 miles the fuel filter every two years. I get 13 mph pulling a 1997 classic excella. hitSorry about you guys with all this new bull ****.
Really, 13mph? That is, like, 100 miles a day!
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With a 23' trailer a 3/4 ton diesel might not be "better than a gas". Though I do know a guy who pulls a 19' with a 250 diesel.

You trying to get your post count up a little? or what?

Where is Bartlet, TN? I am in Knoxville and do not know Bartlet.

Never mind, I found it now. Little out of my local area and pretty much out of any area of interest.

I have paid a lot to have filters changed over the last 10 years. Thanks for the posting. I finally found a local shop that is pretty good and slightly cheaper than the dealer for many things.
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Time for my first fuel filter change. I figured the dealer would charge me close to $300 to change them so I looked on youTube and various forums to see what it was all about. Seems simple enough if you get the right tools.

Purchased the filters from Amazon. About $80 for both.

I had to purchase a 28mm socket, 1/2" universal, and two 8" 1/2" extension bars. I already had the 1/2" handle. You need a 3/8" ID hose to connect to the rear filter and a 1/2" ID hose for the front filter drain. An oil filter wrench to remove the rear fuel filter. Then a drip pan to catch the drained fuel, rags, paper towels. I have one of those pans that has a collection reservoir so I can take the oil and fuel in to be recycled.

I had to do it outside so best to wait when its not windy and on a hard surface. There is enough clearance underneath so you don't have to jack up the truck.

It does get a little messy under the back end even after draining the fuel from the bottom drain cock some fuel came out as I unscrewed the filter.

The front filter housing top was at first difficult to get off and I had to go back to the auto parts store to get a 2nd 8" extension so I could thread it straight down to the filter housing top with the handle above the engine so I could apply better leverage.

On the road it may be a pain to do this so I'm thinking just order the filters online and get a shop to do the work should only charge an hour labor.

Almost forgot the reset the fuel filter maintenance meter in the dash.

I spent about $35 in extra tools to do this job.

Kelvin
If you are having this much trouble changing the filters, take it to your dealer, as you didn't save anything on your filters by buying on amazon...my ram is a 17 and they cost me $80 from the dealer....I just carry them
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I can't see a dealer getting you out the door for $80 for parts and labor unless your have a special with them. Shops rates are over $80 everywhere.

http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/20...id-cost-2.html

Should be easier the second time now that I know what to expect.

I figured the dealer would charge at least $130 for filters, at least 1 hour labor at $110/hr, then comes the shop supply charge and disposal fees and then sales tax.

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