2nd Fuel Filter - before or after factory filter

Submitted: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:14
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I wish to install a secondary fuel filter on my current model Dmax. I have been reading through various suppliers. There seem to be various opinions on whether to have it installed before or after the factory unit.
I always thought you'd put it in before the factory unit but there are a number of options for fittment aft the factory filter.
I guess at the end of the day it's good insurance either way. But any pros or cons against going with one way or the other?
In addition have any Dmax owners fitted one, if so any feedback?

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Offsider - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:23

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:23
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Reply By: Member - ironJosh - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:23

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:23
If you have a water sensor light on the original fuel filter, its a good Idea to put one in after that. Reason being, when the light comes on it's not too late (as is sometimes the case). A filter with a visible bowl is a great idea. Too!

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Reply By: CSeaJay - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:26

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:26
Before (upstream) from the OE filter.
That way when you change, there are not contaminates going downstream without a filter to catch
Better to install for the same reason
And, for one reason or another my dealer will honour the warranty if upstream but not if downstream.
All filters are really better as pre-filters IMO
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:16

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:16
I agree 100%.
IMO the most important (and usually ignored) thing is to prevent contamination during filter changes. Something as simple as taking off the downstream fuel hose during a filter change can introduce dirt that has not been thru a filter.
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:31

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:31
Yes, that is a really good point I hadn't considered.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:37

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 20:37
Another vote for primary rather than secondary.
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Reply By: Ross M - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:00

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:00
It all depends on the micron size you are going to use.
If fitted between the OE filter and the engine you have to be very "clean" with the installation. "Meticulously Clean" otherwise you will introduce "thing's" into the direct line to the High Pressure pump. Most people do not know the meaning of clean.

A filter fitted there will render the OE restriction sensor inoperative if the new one restricts.
So, unless it too has a wired in alarm for restriction, then the OE will not detect the new filter has blocked. It shouldn't of course.

They can work well there but if restriction occurs you will only know by performance loss.

Filters fitted before the OE filter retain the operational/sensing of restriction if either/both filters restrict. Many are fitted with a larger micron than OE so there is a gradual removal of contaminants. The New filter should have/be a dewatering filter which has a really good go at eliminating emulsified water held within the fuel molecules.

Just a bowl or a Water Watch filter can catch and/or alert the water is there, but the emulsified water can go through and usually has unless there is a filter which is designed/featured to catch it.

Nothing is perfect, but a suitably selected filter which dewaters, finely filters, has a visible bowl and perhaps water detection wired also to the vehicle is a good start.
A suitable flow rate is essential to have proper performance without premature restriction occurring. Most 3 litre engines require 120L/H flow rate or more, so some contaminant catch can happen without having to change the filter every short drive. Some are too small in flow rate.
A 2011 Dmax flows about 35L/H and so a x 3 factor seems suitable for the filter size.
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Reply By: 08crd - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:17

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:17
I installed mine before the manufacturers, reason being, last time I picked up a tank of bad fuel was during floods.
So removing/draining etc is carried out before the main filter during bad weather.
My pre filter has a clear water trap/ water alarm and an aquabloc filter of 30microns.
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Reply By: Kanga1 - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 08:49

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 08:49
Top End, we have an additional filter fitted to our 2013 D-Max.Click here there are some helpful comments at the bottom which cover some specific details. Cheers, Kanga.
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 14:45

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 14:45
Hi Kanga.
Thanks for that. It was this article and one from DieselCare that had me asking the question initially.
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