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Old 07-23-2009, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Purolator Fuel Filters

As I mentioned in another post the local autoparts stores all seem to push the Fram filters. Wakefield Sperling does sell Purolator and WIX but they don't stock WIX filters, anyway.........

I bought a purolator oil and fuel filter for my 3500 but I have since found out that there is a Auklands Grainger store near me that sells Baldwin filters as well as a Peterbuilt dealership not far away. So should I throw away the purolator filters and get the baldwin or just use the filters I have and at the next change get the baldwin filters?

I know some of you will swear by baldwin or fleetguard but since I have already spent the money I would like to use the purolator filters but not if they will damage the engine. Like many of the members have stated "Stay Away From Fram Filters" cause they have had some history of comming apart and damaging the engine, That ofcourse is the last thing I would want to happen.

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Old 07-23-2009, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much are new oil and fuel filters? How much is a new engine?

From what I understand, the Purolator fuel filter does not meet Cummins specs for filtration and water separation. I'd change that one at least. If you ever have engine trouble and the dealer sees a non-spec fuel filter, they'll likely void your warranty. Fuel filtration is something you don't want to skimp out on when dealing with a diesel -- too many expensive parts.
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Good point Dan

the truck is long out of warranty so the dealer will never see this truck.

I couldn't find any specs on the purolator fuel filter so I was hoping someone would chime in with suggestions.

Looks like it maybe a good idea to use a baldwin fuel filter instead.
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I would change out the Purolator, if you have an extra Purolator keep it as a spare for emergency situation. The three best filters, that I would use are Baldwin, Fleetguard, and ACdelco. You are close to Cummins and they have deals all the time on service packs. Freightliner is open 24 hours a day, peterbuilt all on 96 th avenue.
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I can tell you that on my 07 dually I had I put a Purolator filter on out of necessity. The truck ran fine but my fuel pressure went up 1 point. That leads me to believe that it was not filtering as well as the factory ones. I get mine from Genos whenever I can....
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I would change out the Purolator, if you have an extra Purolator keep it as a spare for emergency situation. The three best filters, that I would use are Baldwin, Fleetguard, and ACdelco. You are close to Cummins and they have deals all the time on service packs. Freightliner is open 24 hours a day, peterbuilt all on 96 th avenue.
Thanks for the advice, I haven't installed the purolator fuel filter yet, I'll take your advice and keep it as an emergency spare. I'll go and get a baldwin from peterbuilt or acklands.

I also just found out the purolator oil filter L45335 is recomended for the cummins 5.9 ref:TSB 09-004-01
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Before you use any fuel filter, find out it's filtration and F/W separation specs.

If it doesn't filter down to 7 microns or less (absolute, not nominal) and remove 95% of free and emulsified water, don't use it.
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Has anyone got a Baldwin Part# that is recomended for this truck?
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Has anyone got a Baldwin Part# that is recomended for this truck?
Would like to know this as well
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Baldwin PF7977 fuel filter.
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According to Dodge

Puralator is on the list and a good filter

The only approved oil filters for Dodge's diesel engine are as follows:
Part # Manufactuer
5083285AA Mopar
LF16035 Fleetguard Stratapore
LF3894 Fleetguard Stratapore
LF3972 Fleetguard Cellulose
LF3552 Fleetguard Microglas
LF3959 Fleetguard Cellulose
3937695 Cummins Cellulose
FL896 MotorCraft Cellulose
L45335 Purolator Cellulose
PF1070 AC Delco Cellulose

Note: To maintain your warranty please be sure you use one of the above filters when servicing your truck.

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Good list, BUT the only three filters I have ever personally seen, that had failures are motorcraft, purolator, and Cat made by Donaldson. Motorcraft filters, are the worst, no paper, if you ever have a low oil pressure problem, and you have a Motorcraft filter on it change the filter and problem is solved. Purolator the cans crack, seen that multiple times. Cat filters the secondaries have a tendency to twist internally, and plug off. Fram I try to avoid. Wix I will use. My top three are Baldwin, Fleet guard and ACDelco. You go with what you trust, and learn from experience.
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