4M fuel filter

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 00:52
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Does any of you know where I can find a filter element for a 4M fuel filter. The filter was fitted on our 4runner when we bought it. The company that supplied/fitted it isn't around today.

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Reply By: mac1 - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 12:17

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 12:17
They maybe just tolet rolls the bigger the aplication the more rolls you put in!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 14:34

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 14:34
Check the number marked on the element, and places like Repco, or Bearing service should be able to cross reference it for you. Pyshical dimensions might be another guide for you too.
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Reply By: Rossco100series - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 02:29

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 02:29
Try www.gud.com.au web site ( aka Ryco filters )

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Reply By: itisi - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 03:11

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 03:11
4M fuel and oil filters use plain old dunny rolls. To be more specific they use 400 sheet x 2ply rolls. Any brand will do.They are an extremely tight fit but do go in with a bit of persuasion
Had them fitted to my old MQ short wheel base Patrol 3.3 diesel 24 volt model(round 80-81 vintage). Single roll on the fuel and a double for the oil.


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Follow Up By: sixten - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 10:44

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 10:44
Thanks for your replys guys.
I'll try this

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Follow Up By: G.T. - Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 16:19

Friday, Apr 02, 2004 at 16:19
I was brought to believe that toilet rolls had only one use --- that is what they are designed for. I can`t see that they have any filtration qualities at all. A toilet roll is water solubule ie - it breaks down when wet. To my mind it would do the same when it comes in contact with oil.
These type of filters were on the market in the mid 1960`s when I entered the motor parts scene and were generally rubbished by the motor trade then. I`m suprised to see that they are still around!
In my opinion , you would be better off getting a complete spin on filter head and mount this instead. That way you will know that it will be doing what it is designed for. Regards G.T.
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Reply By: itisi - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 00:05

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 00:05
4M filters were designed to ASSIST NOT REPLACE existing filtration sytems already fitted to the vehicle therefore can be removed (if fitted correctly) without changing the original setup. Fuel filter INLINE with original and oil on a bypass system.
Instead of changing your oil every 5000 k's (diesel) you changed the dunny roll/s, the original filter at 10000 and the oil at 20000 k's intervals (normal usage). Can't remember the fuel filter change time but for the price of a few dunny rolls, who cares!
The oil certainly lasted longer than with standard type filters and it was possible to check some conditions of the engine depending on the shape of the "roll' when removed eg; carbon buildup, fuel dribble past injectors etc.
As stated earlier, they were already on my SWB Patrol when purchased and I had that car for approx 12 years and can assure you they do work. And the dunny rolls didn't break down when immersed in oil of diesel (they are in a confined space).
So, if you haven't tried them don't knock them.
And no I'm not nor never was a rep for the company.

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Follow Up By: itisi - Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 00:07

Sunday, Apr 18, 2004 at 00:07
Working away from home at the moment, hence the late response
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