Sunday, March 15, 2015

Frantz filter part 2

I finally got the Frantz oil filter installed on the F350 6.0 Powerstroke diesel.  I had to order new adapters because the pressure sensor wouldn't fit the any of the fittings that came with it.  It took me a while to decide where to put it, and I finally realized that the bolts holding the hood on weren't actually over the side panel rails.  So I could mount the filter bracket there and it barely has enough room.  I'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it isn't vibrating against something, and I didn't consider the heat build-up.  I don't know what it is that it ends up sitting on, but the oil line is running right against the air conditioner line.  So that's going to affect the AC efficiency, at least.  Anyway, I've got my before and after oil samples put together, and I'll send them off to Blackstone this week.  Since I've already put 10,000 miles on the oil, I know there's no way it's going to come back saying it's still good, but I can at least see what the difference is  between the two.

If it makes a mess the first time I change the toilet paper roll, I'll probably end up moving it under the truck.  But it's not supposed to and part of that mess-free experience is based on it being able to drain the oil out.  It can't do that if the filter is mounted lower than everything else in the truck.  My return is running into my oil cap, so there's really nowhere I could mount it that would be above that.  But I can open the hood and now the filter is above everything.  Of course, I don't have a lot of confidence.  The "before" sample was taken by running the truck up to operating temperature and filling a sample bottle from the return line without a toilet roll in the canister.  Then I shut the truck off and waited a few minutes before opening the canister.  It was still hot, but wasn't gurgling.  Luckily, I turned it down before I opened it, because it was almost completely full of oil.  The guy that sold it to me, Ed Greany, has a video where he says he lets it drain overnight, so maybe when I do that, it will be fine.  We'll see in 500 miles or so (the first change is supposed to be at 500 miles).  We may see even before then, since I bet Blackstone comes back telling me I'm stupid to have let my oil change go this long.  When they do, I'll change the oil and the TP roll, with another before test done before I change it.  (And probably a virgin oil sample just for future comparison).  I left it in so long because I wanted to get this filter and get it installed and tested with dirty oil.  Plus, I have a sticking injector now, and I want to see if the Frantz filters out enough stuff to get that cleaned up.  It's probably too far gone to fix without additives, but we'll see.  If it doesn't get better over the next week or so, I'll probably go find something to pour in there.

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