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Old 04-22-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
Brad and Mia
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Fuel filter was garbage

Hi all. Quick Ford truck question here - yes, I've posted in alt.ford but
this can't hurt, many of you here are quite knowledgeable.

Okay, my 1980 351M Bronco runs like a dream. Until recently.

It started running like crap so a little work later it was discovered that
there was a small pinhead-sized rock stuck in the needle and seat config.
Well, now it runs great.

My question is, how the hell did a pinhead-sized rock get past my (10-day
old) fuel filter?!?! holy!

So I thought, if one filter is good, but not good enough, two would be
better right?

From the fuel line to the carb is about one foot of rubber hose. I could
easily add another filter there. Should I? I mean, it's $5. But will it
help??!?!?

And yes, I drive in dusty conditions - where the Bronco thrives!

Thanks all.

Brad

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Old 04-23-2005, 01:01   #2 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage

Nothing thrives in dusty conditions... there's nothing special about a
Bronco. For dirt to get downstream from a filter, one has to wonder about
housekeeping.... Dirt is the enemy of any machine and we need to be
absolutely sure that we aren't introducing it during service operations.


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Old 04-23-2005, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage


"Jim Warman" <mechanic@tenalpsulet.net> wrote in message
news:NZmae.89602$7Q4.46561@clgrps13...
> Nothing thrives in dusty conditions... there's nothing special about a
> Bronco. For dirt to get downstream from a filter, one has to wonder about
> housekeeping.... Dirt is the enemy of any machine and we need to be
> absolutely sure that we aren't introducing it during service operations.
>
>


Okay Jim. This is where I disagee. Broncos ARE special! :) Best 4WD EVER
made! :)

Anyway, I do agree with you. I was thinking the same thing: somehow that
pebble got in there when I replaced the fuel filter. As you seconded this
idea, I guess I'll have to be more careful when doing maintenance.

Thanks for the input.

Brad


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Old 04-23-2005, 07:01   #4 (permalink)
Kruse
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage


Brad and Mia wrote:

> Anyway, I do agree with you. I was thinking the same thing: somehow

that
> pebble got in there when I replaced the fuel filter. As you seconded

this
> idea, I guess I'll have to be more careful when doing maintenance.
> Thanks for the input.
> Brad


Or, there was a manufacturing defect and it got past your fuel filter.
You didn't say what brand you were using (and it doesn't matter, they
probably all have defects every now and then) but most of your Fram
filters that I have seen lately are made in China. Anyway, if you
haven't, stick with a good quality filter.

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Old 04-23-2005, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
SVTKate
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage

That was pretty much my thought on the matter too.

I would think that two filters would be asking for trouble though.
Something about it seems a little wrong, like something could go bad on one
and not the other and give you fits diagnosing or something, maybe they
could both become a little clogged and create a restriction that you might
have trouble tracking down..
andyway, just a dumb blonde's perspective. I would think that one good
quality filter should be adequate.

Kate

"Brad and Mia" <bradandmia@shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:5wqae.1113795$8l.413464@pd7tw1no...
|
| "Jim Warman" <mechanic@tenalpsulet.net> wrote in message
| news:NZmae.89602$7Q4.46561@clgrps13...
| > Nothing thrives in dusty conditions... there's nothing special about a
| > Bronco. For dirt to get downstream from a filter, one has to wonder
about
| > housekeeping.... Dirt is the enemy of any machine and we need to be
| > absolutely sure that we aren't introducing it during service operations.
| >
| >
|
| Okay Jim. This is where I disagee. Broncos ARE special! :) Best 4WD
EVER
| made! :)
|
| Anyway, I do agree with you. I was thinking the same thing: somehow that
| pebble got in there when I replaced the fuel filter. As you seconded this
| idea, I guess I'll have to be more careful when doing maintenance.
|
| Thanks for the input.
|
| Brad
|
|


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Old 04-24-2005, 09:01   #6 (permalink)
Backyard Mechanic
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage

Did you consider it MIGHT have gotten in via AIR, not fuel?

And you Might consider using the Ford EFI filter.

Brad and Mia wrote:
> Hi all. Quick Ford truck question here - yes, I've posted in alt.ford but
> this can't hurt, many of you here are quite knowledgeable.
>
> Okay, my 1980 351M Bronco runs like a dream. Until recently.
>
> It started running like crap so a little work later it was discovered that
> there was a small pinhead-sized rock stuck in the needle and seat config.
> Well, now it runs great.
>
> My question is, how the hell did a pinhead-sized rock get past my (10-day
> old) fuel filter?!?! holy!
>
> So I thought, if one filter is good, but not good enough, two would be
> better right?
>
> From the fuel line to the carb is about one foot of rubber hose. I could
> easily add another filter there. Should I? I mean, it's $5. But will it
> help??!?!?
>
> And yes, I drive in dusty conditions - where the Bronco thrives!


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Old 04-24-2005, 22:01   #7 (permalink)
Brad and Mia
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage

True. But it's out. I'm happy.

Ford EFI filter? Please fill me in.

Brad


"Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
news:UEOae.25$Bv.0@newssvr31.news.prodigy.com...
> Did you consider it MIGHT have gotten in via AIR, not fuel?
>
> And you Might consider using the Ford EFI filter.
>
> Brad and Mia wrote:
>> Hi all. Quick Ford truck question here - yes, I've posted in alt.ford
>> but this can't hurt, many of you here are quite knowledgeable.
>>
>> Okay, my 1980 351M Bronco runs like a dream. Until recently.
>>
>> It started running like crap so a little work later it was discovered
>> that there was a small pinhead-sized rock stuck in the needle and seat
>> config. Well, now it runs great.
>>
>> My question is, how the hell did a pinhead-sized rock get past my (10-day
>> old) fuel filter?!?! holy!
>>
>> So I thought, if one filter is good, but not good enough, two would be
>> better right?
>>
>> From the fuel line to the carb is about one foot of rubber hose. I could
>> easily add another filter there. Should I? I mean, it's $5. But will
>> it help??!?!?
>>
>> And yes, I drive in dusty conditions - where the Bronco thrives!

>



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Old 04-24-2005, 22:01   #8 (permalink)
Backyard Mechanic
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Re: Fuel filter was garbage

Brad and Mia wrote:
> True. But it's out. I'm happy.
>
> Ford EFI filter? Please fill me in.
>
> Brad


Same as called out for any EFI car ... just go in and look for a filter
for a 90 mustang..

The nipples will accomodate flex tubing
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Old 04-25-2005, 06:01   #9 (permalink)
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"Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote
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| The nipples will accomodate flex tubing

But only if properly positioned .....


*snikker*

Kate


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Old 04-25-2005, 23:01   #10 (permalink)
Brad and Mia
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"Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
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> Brad and Mia wrote:
>> True. But it's out. I'm happy.
>>
>> Ford EFI filter? Please fill me in.
>>
>> Brad

>
> Same as called out for any EFI car ... just go in and look for a filter
> for a 90 mustang..
>
> The nipples will accomodate flex tubing


Thanks. I have a 90 Stang incidentally. It's a big honking thing, compared
to the tiny little 80 Bronco one. If it'll fit and you think it might do
some good... okay...

Thanks.

Brad


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