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Old 03-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Time for routine maintenance!

My 3000 mile maintenance regiment.

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You change your fuel filter every 3k?

Also a waste to change oil every 3k
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Yes I do. I have for years, and will for many more. Waste or not its not going to hurt it, and its so cheap to do why not?

When I tear it down to install the power pack from SSM I bet you itll be nice and clean inside. I baby my vehicles, I plan on all of them lasting me a very long time.

I dont see anything I do to my vehicles as a waste. I paid for it, and do so willingly.
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Yes I do. I have for years, and will for many more. Waste or not its not going to hurt it, and its so cheap to do why not?
You must not drive as much as I do...
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I've seen commercials for zmax. How long have you used it?
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You must not drive as much as I do...
I change everything every other month on average.

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I've seen commercials for zmax. How long have you used it?
For quite a while now. I also used it in my srt4. When we pulled the head on that it was immaculate. Ill take pictures of the mustang when I do the power pak.
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i change my oil ever year (or about 2-3k miles) the fuel filter every 10k ish or so (most never change it, come change mine and tell me you want to go through that hell every other month.... lol ill pay you well )

for zmax , heard many things about it being meh at best, but if it aint broke dont fix it

you can have your oil tested to see the life you have left and the contamination etc etc to get a correct answer on how often as well.
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Engines are much more efficient and capable of extending intervals between oil changes, especially synthetic blends and fully synthetic. But if you like to change it every 3k it's your choice.

I would say the fuel filter every 3k is overkill though lol. I changed mine out at 40k and it was the first time the filter had been replaced and it was damn near perfect. Either the fuel put in it for 40k miles was damn good and had great molecular breakdown or I got lucky...I did change mine out again at 60k and it was real clean as well.
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I do the same and my internals are ohh so shiny
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Anyone know where to find a how to to change the fuel filter??
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Anyone know where to find a how to to change the fuel filter??
-jack up rear
-slide under the car
-locate filter in front of gas tank
-disconnect with tool
-put in new filter pop in place
-slide out from under
-drop car
-enjoy
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-jack up rear
-slide under the car
-locate filter in front of gas tank
-disconnect with tool
-put in new filter pop in place
-slide out from under
-drop car
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I changed my fuel filter.. Alternators good. New plugs new wires and new coil pack.. Still my car starts horrible takes a while to start.. So does that mean I should get a new fuel pump?
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I changed my fuel filter.. Alternators good. New plugs new wires and new coil pack.. Still my car starts horrible takes a while to start.. So does that mean I should get a new fuel pump?
My car does that all the time too, take about 20 seconds or more of cranking to fire over.. I've replaced all the stuff you listed except coil pack and it still does it.
I'm going to be looking into the fuel pump, injectors (system may need cleaned) and starter next as possible culprits. Let me know if you figure yours out.
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-jack up rear
-slide under the car
-locate filter in front of gas tank
-disconnect with tool
-put in new filter pop in place
-slide out from under
-drop car
-enjoy
you forgot the avoid gas in eyes (use goggles) and sometimes those tools are hard to get in the right spot to disconnect.

For an IRS its the same steps but you also have to dislocate your shoulder to get access to the filter and remove/replace it
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you forgot the avoid gas in eyes (use goggles) and sometimes those tools are hard to get in the right spot to disconnect.

For an IRS its the same steps but you also have to dislocate your shoulder to get access to the filter and remove/replace it
Yeah, youve got it rougher than I do. Ive heard it is a pita on the cobra.
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You should also relieve the fuel pressure before changing the fuel filter. The way I did this was to unplug the fuel inertia switch (drivers side in the trunk) while the car is running. It will die within 5 minutes and you should be okay. There will still be fuel in the lines, but at least it won't be pressurized.
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You should also relieve the fuel pressure before changing the fuel filter. The way I did this was to unplug the fuel inertia switch (drivers side in the trunk) while the car is running. It will die within 5 minutes and you should be okay. There will still be fuel in the lines, but at least it won't be pressurized.
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hmm might be time to change the fuel filter on my next oil change. At 53.5k right now, will do at 55k miles. Probably never been changed.
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I don't know if mine had ever been changed, but when I changed ut at 180xxx it was pretty skanky.. definate improvement changine it out
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I don't know if mine had ever been changed, but when I changed ut at 180xxx it was pretty skanky.. definate improvement changine it out
What type of benefits come from changing the fuel filter
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Better mileage, and I saw a power gain... burned out of the driveway not even trying to. Lol. Burns better and cleaner so you get a more consistant fire in the motor with proper fuel delivery. it was running very lean before I changed it
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What is something cheap and easy to replace that I can do on my next oil change other than oil/filter, fuel filter, power steering fluid, air filter or brakes (all are done or will be done).
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Check all you bushings/boots on your rack, suspension, hub assemblies, and sway bars. Check alll fuses and relays, diff fluid, tranny fluid, brake fluid and lines, fuel lines, clutch/throttle cables.. just check everything that takes wear or abuse and make sure its all in good shape.

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Also check all your lines/hoses from the power steering, radiator, heater and anything else you can think of. I noticed some fresh fluid around some lines on mine tonight doing an oil change. I'm going to get up with a buddy that has a lift and check it all out. Not sure if its from the rear main or trans. And I believe I have a power steering leak.
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On the fuel filter if you get the wrong filter could that cause problems?
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On the fuel filter if you get the wrong filter could that cause problems?
possibly, but that'd be hard to do, tell the guys at the parts store what you have and they'll tell you the right one. if its not the right size I know it will leak
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possibly, but that'd be hard to do, tell the guys at the parts store what you have and they'll tell you the right one. if its not the right size I know it will leak
I know the size.. But I think I picked up the wrong one on accident so I need to fix it.-.
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I know the size.. But I think I picked up the wrong one on accident so I need to fix it.-.
What's going on that makes you think you got the wrong one?
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What's going on that makes you think you got the wrong one?
It still doesn't start up as fast as I'd like. It still takes a while to start and I sometimes need to stop and turn the key again.
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It still doesn't start up as fast as I'd like. It still takes a while to start and I sometimes need to stop and turn the key again.
Mine does that as well, I've noticed that if I move the main harness wire from the alt to fuse box under the hood around it seems to start and run better.. I'm looking into that this week, you may have the same issue as I do. If so, ill let you know once I figure it out, but I don't think that's your filter, I replaced mine about 1000 miles ago with the exact same one and it still does this crap
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Mine does that as well, I've noticed that if I move the main harness wire from the alt to fuse box under the hood around it seems to start and run better.. I'm looking into that this week, you may have the same issue as I do. If so, ill let you know once I figure it out, but I don't think that's your filter, I replaced mine about 1000 miles ago with the exact same one and it still does this crap
Yeah my smaller wire coming out of the alternator always sticks out and I push it back in.. And yeah man let me know because I've done everything (spark plugs, wires, starter, fuel filter, alternators good) and I have a fuel pump in my trunk I just haven't put it in yet. So ill see if that works when I get to it.. But yeah let me know bro!
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Yeah my smaller wire coming out of the alternator always sticks out and I push it back in.. And yeah man let me know because I've done everything (spark plugs, wires, starter, fuel filter, alternators good) and I have a fuel pump in my trunk I just haven't put it in yet. So ill see if that works when I get to it.. But yeah let me know bro!
No problem man, id love to get to the bottom of it too lol, every time me or my girl get out of the car we get shocked if we touch the metal by the rockers... so there's definately something shorting to the chassis
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No problem man, id love to get to the bottom of it too lol, every time me or my girl get out of the car we get shocked if we touch the metal by the rockers... so there's definately something shorting to the chassis
Weird well that's probably your problem. Ill check mine though
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Weird well that's probably your problem. Ill check mine though
ywa, wouldn't surprise me if that's yours too..mustangs are notorious for electrical issues
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ywa, wouldn't surprise me if that's yours too..mustangs are notorious for electrical issues
Yeah like my ac
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