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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Fuel filter blocked Reply with quote

It had to happen I suppose. Rolling Eyes Read enough here there and everywhere that bio clogs it up, and I can confirm that it does.
Fitted new fuel filter and now it's as sweet as a nut again.

Been advised to fill up a small container with the bio I'm using, and let it settle for a couple of days before final inspection, as the garage that fitted the filter has had reports by other users of this particular bio supplier, of bits of the rapeseed stems etc not being filtered out properly. Shocked

I fear we may be beginning to see some 'cowboy' bio suppliers emerging in their quest for a quick buck.



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Nathaniel
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget that Bio rakes all the years of accumulated crud from your diesel tank and pipes, your new filter should last a lot longer.

I should have a soloution for replacing expensive automotive filters very soon!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nathaniel Ham wrote:
Don't forget that Bio rakes all the years of accumulated crud from your diesel tank and pipes, your new filter should last a lot longer.

I should have a soloution for replacing expensive automotive filters very soon!



Yea, I believe so, but the geezer concerned said that upon inspection of a filter he managed to actually open up, he found tiny bits of 'green stuff', presumably 'clippings' from the rapeseed plants. Shocked

I'll report back once I've let a milk bottle full of bio settle for a few days.
Should be interesting.

I'm intrigued about this fuel filter 'solution' of yours.
Any make and model by any chance, or is it going to be a universal 'in line filter' based on the wife's old suzzies ? Laughing



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its an inline filter that is quite large and has a choice of filters from 250 Micron to 1 micron.

The new housing is £9.50 to buy and a new Filter is £1.59

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4xfun, green bits in the filter? Rapeseed clippings?? Shocked
If it's proper biodiesel it should NOTHING in it, the biodiesel should be a golden colour, crystal clear, no cloudiness. It shouldn't have ANY bits in it. Do they filter their biodiesel after washing it. We filter ours down to 1 micron absolute. Are you sure it's biodiesel they are selling and not 'modified veg oil' ? Think
Next time you go and get some biodiesel, take a clean jam jar with you and ask them to put a drop in it so you can actually see if it has got 'bits' in it, and you can see it's clarity. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Bev said ^^^^^^^^

I can't see there being bits of Rapessed in the oil, Rapeseed isn't green when harvested, is filtered when pressed and bio is usually filtered again...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nathaniel Ham wrote:
What Bev said ^^^^^^^^

I can't see there being bits of Rapessed in the oil, Rapeseed isn't green when harvested, is filtered when pressed and bio is usually filtered again...


What I said i am going to do in post 1!

I'm only repeating what I was told this avvy. My test will be the proof or otherwise I hope.
All sounds a bit far fetched to me tbh, but without wishing to sound snobby, I have seen a 'delivery' of this bio at the garage....out a large translucent container in the back of a battered old Tranny van. Didn't look very professional tbh, but hey ho, who cares as long as it's the pucker stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nathaniel Ham wrote:
I should have a soloution for replacing expensive automotive filters very soon!

Britpart equivalent LR 300Tdi fuel filter is £2.39. Not excessively expensive IMO, but if you can save a few pence why not?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the boys running more exotic stuff like Ssangyongs etc pay upwards of £6 for a filter element...

Gets expensive changing them every 500 miles because you bought some dodgy Bio 2000 miles ago... Sad

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nathaniel Ham wrote:
Some of the boys running more exotic stuff like Ssangyongs etc pay upwards of £6 for a filter element...

Gets expensive changing them every 500 miles because you bought some dodgy Bio 2000 miles ago... Sad


£22 trade for a VAG filter! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The standard fuel filter for my Cherokee should cost £18 Crying or Very sad

I got one, it did not fit, took the codes off the old one and they only cost £2.50 Laughing - owner before me must have changed it Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem the fuel filter was gunked up (i'm running svo) and a new filter sorted it, I have a TD5 filter on mine and land rover wanted £38 Shocked

Got one for £11 in the end from local motor factors, cheap classic parts scheme eh Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much for a filter?!! £10+!! And £38 is just a bad joke.I would recommend taking a firm grip of whatever filter housing you have and throw it as far as you can. Surely can't be too difficult to connect your feed pipe to a CAV filter head, ala ford escort diesel, the ones with the built in prime pump on the top, they're only about £25 new your local factors and ****** all second hand from a breaker.We use them on our forestry machinery. If you buy a few filters at a time you can usually get them for less than a couple of quid. The standard 200 tdi filters are only a couple of quid, have a built in sedimenter and I don't suppose the filter heads for these are very much to buy.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^^ what the pope said
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