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Old 04-17-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
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Fuel filter service on 2015 XL 360HP

Recently I had the fuel filters changed during a recent oil change. What happened when the tech unscrewed the water separator I honestly have never witnessed what happened and I have changed a lot of filters without issue. Once the filter was removed fuel continued to flow. Because the new separator did not come with the plastic bowl and had to be removed first and then reinstalled on the new filter housing this allowed almost 2 1/2 gals to flow into his catch pan. I contacted FL and they replied immediately that this is a common occurrence because the filters are below the tank and gravity will syphon out of the tank once you remove the filters. They indicated I should install a valve on the fuel line from the tank. My first reaction was if this is a common occurrence why don't they install this valve on the chassis I guess high end units does include such a valve. Have any of you installed such a valve or experienced this happening.


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Old 04-17-2016, 10:38 PM   #2
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Some of us have bought a spare plastic Bowl to help with that problem.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:50 PM   #3
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It's a maintenance chore that I have never done...for that very reason. I can see Installing the cutoff might be messy too.
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Some of us have bought a spare plastic Bowl to help with that problem.

Dan I bought the filters from crosspoint and it didn't come with the bowl for some reason. I only change fuel filters every 2 years so have time to work out the details.


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It's a maintenance chore that I have never done...for that very reason. I can see Installing the cutoff might be messy too.

I plan to see if I can compress the hose enough to shut off flow. If not fuel I'll have to wait for low fuel level in tank.


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Dan I bought the filters from crosspoint and it didn't come with the bowl for some reason. I only change fuel filters every 2 years so have time to work out the details.


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Yeah they don't come with the bowl. And the bowl his somewhat hard to find. I'll see if I can find the part numbers again.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:34 AM   #7
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I got quite a surprise and 'bath' with diesel fuel the first time I changed the filters. The Freightliner tech is correct in that the fuel will continue to flow out once the filter is removed. As Dan mentioned, I too bought an extra bowl that I put on the new filter when changing the filters. Don't lose too much fuel that way but now a days I usually have someone else change the filters for me. 2 years ago at the International Rally there was a vendor who came to my coach during the rally and changed the filters for me for a nominal charge using my filters.
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I had a Gulfstream FRED with a 300 cummin's it did the same thing. So I thought this might happen so I was ready with a filter and bulb.
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Would loosening the gas cap help? On my Ford F-250 they recommend loosening the gas cap when changing the filter. It helps to break the suction on the line.
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Would loosening the gas cap help? On my Ford F-250 they recommend loosening the gas cap when changing the filter. It helps to break the suction on the line.
Hello 5h. Not really a suction issue, more of an issue with the filter being lower than the tank. I believe if you were to loosen the fuel cap it might even increase flow a bit. -Glenn
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