How to know when to change 60 Series Diesel Fuel Filters

flywire
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How to know when to change 60 Series Diesel Fuel Filters

Unread post by flywire » January 10th, 2016, 6:33 am

I will be doing the NW top end trip for a six month winter this year in an old '89 HJ60 with a 2H. I expect that I will get dirty fuel at times. How will I keep the fuel clean?

All I can see is one small canister fuel filter. I understand that I should carry spare filters and change them. How do you know if you need to change the filter if it has no inspection glass or drain tap? If you get a load of water I imaging you might need to clear you filter half a dozen times (after draining the fuel tank and letting it settle). Surely that is an unscrew and empty the contents process.

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Re: How to know when to change 60 Series Diesel Fuel Filters

Unread post by flywire » January 10th, 2016, 12:12 pm

Red04VXE wrote:The filter light is from the water separator under the drivers seat on inside of chassis.
Good advice. I see that it can be drained from the bottom.

I imagine this is the most important filter for me to keep an eye on. Can I just drop out a cup full of fuel from here every now and then to look for water and sediment?

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Re: How to know when to change 60 Series Diesel Fuel Filters

Unread post by nilla60 » January 10th, 2016, 9:02 pm

Not even a cup, a few spoonfuls will quickly tell you how things are going. If it fills up with water, there's a float that triggers the warning light so you (in theory) don't even need to check by draining. I used to use my water separator as a liquid wood dispenser on rainy nights when I needed to get the campfire going quickly.

The main fuel filter attached to the block can be a bit difficult to change if you don't know how. They get tight over time and are surrounded by pipes that make it difficult to get a good grip on the filter. Usually look at fuel filters as a routine service item or an easy thing to swap out first if you get any symptoms that suggest fuel starvation.

I wouldn't expect getting any dirty fuel anywhere these days. Especially with the number of CRD vehicles that will be getting around these days as a canary for your old truck. More of a hazard with drums improperly stored in the open than anything.

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