Fuel Filter System

Submitted: Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:59
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Just bought my new toy 09/2009 Diesel 3.0 litre Turbo Coil Suspension., run up the K's and changed oil, filter etc.
Came to the fuel filter and its not what is in the Haynes book. Not a screw on type but a chuckaway canister type half size of "normal". The lads at Auto Pro were concerned as no crossmatch to Ryco or others and rang the Service dept at Nissan and was quoted $157!!!!!! Cheapest on net at $99. That is BS. With what I have read I will be replacing the fuel filter regularly at 10k's.
Does anyone have similar wishes to change the filter assembly - if so what would you recommend and have you done it successfully.
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Reply By: poppywhite - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 13:13

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 13:13
What is the brand and part number of the filter installed.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 14:51

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 14:51
A common change in the fuel filter, and one which I use, is the Lucas Cartridge type. It is about the same diametre as a 440g baked bean can and about half the depth,

They are a good thing, but there are traps. A good diesel fuel workshop or even a marine workshop should be able to sell you the right cartridges for about $10. There are cheaper ones about that will fit but are not as good.

The key is to buy a known brand name, Lucas and Bosch are two that I have used. Failing that get one that has specifications written on the side or on the box, you want a 5 micron filter.

They will save you heaps of money as you can see.

If the filter on yours is something different then I would recommend changing to the Lucas cartridge. The change over is around $100 for the kit and about half hour labour if you get someone to fit it for you, but it is not hard.

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Reply By: jeep cherokee - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 16:06

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 16:06
I have also seen the Lucas filter and by all accounts its is a good filter,however as the wiring to the water in fuel warning light is connected to the standard filter at the base of it,i am not converting to the Lucas option.For the Jeep i am looking at just under the $100.00 mark but as it only needs replacing every 20.000 km cost is not a concern for me.Just be sure your warning light (if fitted) is not connected to the filter.The engine damage would far outweigh the cost of replacing a $100.00 filter a few times a year.
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Reply By: racinrob - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:21

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:21
Ten years ago on the advice of a diesel mech. I fitted an after market CAV filter set-up with glass sediment bowl ( $95) to my 'Cruiser as the genuine Toyota filter was so expensive.
New CAV filter elements are about $6 > $8 so I put one in every time I change my oil at 5 Ks. Works for me.
I always cut the old filter element open to see what it has saved from going into my pump, sometimes not much but other times lots of gunk !!
BTW I see the CAV filter units on eBay very reasonably priced now.

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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:58

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 17:58
Hi Rob.
Had a CAV conversion on previous NL pajero.
However I note that the system is not recommended for electronic controlled or common rail diesels.
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Reply By: pdm3006 - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 21:30

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 21:30
I'd find a CAV filter adaptor (about $90 including one filter) and replace the filters at about $6 each instead.
In fact that is what I have done with the landcruiser.
The CAV filters are otherwise known as Delphi Diesel part number 7111-296.
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Reply By: obee1212 - Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 17:40

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 17:40
put a lucas in front of the original and you will only ever have to change the lucas. if it chokes up badly from unusual amount of dirty fuel, keep a by pass hose but make sure the tank is clean so the original wont suffer same

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