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Old 03-01-2011, 08:37 AM   #1
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Draining water from Birkshire fuel filter...

Brother-in-law drives trucks for a living and said I would need to occasionally drain water from the fuel filter on my 2010 Birkshire. Do I have a dash indicator light when this needs to happen? What is the procedure?
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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I think that there is a dash light but am not sure. If there is, mine has not gone on. You should have a water/fuel seperator on the engine. It has an amber bowl on the bottom with a drain valve. You can see if there is water in the bowl and drain it by opening the valve. Very simple and easy to do. I ususlly use an empty coffee can to catch what I drain out. You can do this periodically as a prentative maintenance item.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:32 AM   #4
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If you can, try to drain the filter in a glass container. Let it sit for an hour or so and the water will settle to the bottom. The water is heavier than the fuel. Will give you an idea of how much water you have.
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I would say you probably will not have too many issues with water in diesel. Just remember to drain it and keep a mental note of how often to check. Start off maybe every fill up. If there is barely in there then go every few fuel ups. Sooner or later you will go every few thousand miles. I would guess every few thousand miles. But work up to that amount. It's better to be over concerned then let go and forget.
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If it looks like there is sensor attached near or at the bottom of the fuel filter housing or collection bowl, then you probably have a WIF (water-in-fuel) sensor which should alert you up at the driver's seat in some way. If no sensor, then you probably have to check periodically like others have mentioned.
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:56 PM   #7
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Where is the bowl?
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There is an amber bowl on the bottom of the fuel/water seperator. Mine is on the passenger side by the engine and is accessible from under the coach.
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