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Old 04-07-2016, 04:31 PM   #21
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:56 PM   #22
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I think one of the reasons, probably the main reason, that all the diesel mechanics I have known filled the filter with ATF is because its more likely to be clean, number 2 is its in a handy size, I was told it lubricated stuff also. One mech I knew used Sea Foam, I think he just had a bunch in the service truck so thats what he used. Seamed to expensive to me, for that use anyway. I never looked at the fuel flow thru that particular filter but always assumed fuel went into the middle and was pushed or pulled thru the media and exited around the edge (small holes). Interesting.
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I think one of the reasons, probably the main reason, that all the diesel mechanics I have known filled the filter with ATF is because its more likely to be clean, number 2 is its in a handy size, I was told it lubricated stuff also. One mech I knew used Sea Foam, I think he just had a bunch in the service truck so thats what he used. Seamed to expensive to me, for that use anyway. I never looked at the fuel flow thru that particular filter but always assumed fuel went into the middle and was pushed or pulled thru the media and exited around the edge (small holes). Interesting.

You can fill the new fuel filter with automatic transmission fluid? Never heard of that.
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You can fill the new fuel filter with automatic transmission fluid? Never heard of that.
It's a "shade tree mechanic's" trick, doesn't seem to harm older diesel systems, but have not seen proof that it does any good either.
You will not find this procedure in your manual, and if you have a warranty it will definitely void it.
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Not many here that are worried about warranties. And I've not seen that it does anything either way, good or bad either, but I am 100 % sure that when I open a new jug of ATF, its clean. On my own stuff, I just put the filter on, open the bleed screw, turn on the priming pump and wait till its full. Personally, I wont own a diesel engine without a 12 volt priming pump, unless its a gravity feed system.
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:36 AM   #26
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