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#1033 of 1281 Re: 2005 Dodge Sprinter fuel filter change interval [mellonhead]
Apr 30, 2007 (6:52 am)
Both prices are OUT OF LINE with reality...
10K between fuel filters is just plain HIGHWAY ROBBERY unless you use the worst diesel available (and some of it is not so good where they don't sell much diesel).
Read your manual, it is either 30K or 60K miles (don't have the info in front of me) unless you get a water warning, or bad behavior related to fuel...
Certainly you are coming into summer and not as likely to have fuel/filter related problems. Most all of the fuel problems are worst in Winter when cold pushes the fuel towards its cloud point when waxes (parafins) start to congeal and the filter can start to clog (very cold). Water in the fuel is obviously worse as it will react with components of the fuel to form an emulsion.
Good Premium diesel, bought at a dealer with plenty of turnover in diesel fuel stock is your best bet in keeping fuel quality problems under control. Diesel fuel additives are certainly available and effective when used as directed.
Wintertime fuel additives can lower the cloud point, increase Cetane (more important in really cold conditions), reduce emulsions due to water, disperse waxy clumping, and improve life of diesel in vehicles that aren't driven as often. Other claims are certainly possible and may be more or less possible depending on the claim and science to back them.
I would say follow the manual, or replace before Winter comes again, say before the temps fall below 20F in your area. You'll probably have around 50K+/- miles at that time, judging from your history of mileage so far?
#1034 of 1281 Re: 2005 Dodge Sprinter fuel filter change interval [mellonhead]
Apr 30, 2007 (10:05 am)
No reason to change the fuel filter that often.
The dealer is just selling and using your fear
as a basis for the unneeded work.
Also the price you are paying for a simple
oil / filter change is about twice what it
should be. (assuming you are using Mobile 0-40).
If not then 4 times too much.
#1035 of 1281 Re: 2005 Dodge Sprinter fuel filter change interval [mike_mcginn]
May 01, 2007 (7:46 pm)
Thanks for your prompt response. The Sprinter goes to the dealer tomorrow (5-2) for an oil change, and since I had the fuel filter changed at 28K, I'll pass on it this time (38K). The dealers I use are in Michigan (Grand Rapids and Plainwell). What would be a reasonable interval for the fuel filter change (every other oil change - 20K)? Also, what is a reasonable price for a routine oil change?
#1036 of 1281 Re: 2005 Dodge Sprinter fuel filter change interval [kenbaker]
May 01, 2007 (7:59 pm)
Thanks much for the prompt response. I go to the dealer tomorrow for an oil/filter change (38K), and I'll take a pass on the fuel filter change. There have been no noticable problems and I just had it changed at 28K.
I like the Sprinter (compared to the 2001 Ford E450 diesal
cut-away I used to have). However, the cost of routine service is expensive, and I don't have the time,inclination or skill/tools to do it myself.
May 03, 2007 (6:33 pm)
Does anyone have info on a source for GOOD FITTING (not Pacific) sliding windows? Google search isn't turning up much.
#1038 of 1281 2007 Sprinter A/C question
May 03, 2007 (9:33 pm)
We're considering the 2007 144" short roof Sprinter passenger van for a southern climate. I presume the roof-mounted A/C would be required to keep the interior comfortable?
May 04, 2007 (9:19 am)
Just took delivery of an 07 144 tall roof with dual air, here in southern Ca. desert.
It's already been over 100 degrees and the dual air for me is mandatory, not a luxury item.
With the Dual air I got the 200 amp alternator.
#1040 of 1281 Re: Sprinter AC [kendall69]
May 04, 2007 (9:38 am)
driving from Texas to CA on I-10, I never needed the rear AC except when first entering the van after being parked in the sun. The outside temp was 90-113 the whole way. The front AC worked just fine to keep the cab cool in the passenger 140shc.
#1042 of 1281 Re: sliding window source [surlyoldbill]
May 14, 2007 (4:16 am)