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Originally Posted by Spike45 View Post
John,

In that picture on the left of the Cat 3208 square 'Fuel water separator' did you know they are prone to suction side air leaks from the seals. The original design was from Stanadyne. Engines that used that filter had issues with air in the injection system, especially after changing. The fuel water separator was originally a cloth sock! There are a lot of excellent choices for a fuel water separators but this ain't one of them, never was.

Lesser expensive and still very capable are aftermarket replacements available from Fleetguard and Baldwin for Racor filters. Both brands are widely available form heavy truck dealers. Avoid Cummins as their prices for Fleetguard are fantasy island redux. West Marine is no bargain either. For those who do not know, the Racor elements have color codes to denote the micron rating of the media. At the moment, I do not have that info available. Avoid use of the 2 micron on the suction side filtration as it is unnecessary and very short service life.

Gary,

I agree about the leakage after changing the old square glass filter and then working the air out of the system with the hand pump, that is one of the first things we here on WOG tell a member to check when they encounter the air getting into their fuel injection system on a CAT 3208.


So when we moved it from the engine doghouse area down to where it is in the picture, we eliminated the glass filter adapter and I no longer use the hand pump, but now use the switch for the electric fuel pump to accomplish the same thing, it is very quick and easier that way and I have not had any air getting into the system ever since this modification, which I got the idea from Mike Hohnstein.

On an off topic note, yesterday I was looking at some pictures of where the old CAT 3208 Engine Plant at Mount Joy, Iowa used to be located and was thinking about you.
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