Your next tank of diesel could destroy your engine
EXTRA PROTECTION COULD SAVE IT
Modern diesel engines are equipped with advanced high pressure electronically controlled injection systems which can be easily damaged and the biggest enemy of this equipment is poor quality fuel, or more frequently contaminated fuel.
Whether it be water or particle matter that gets into jerry cans or service stations in remote places the cost of repairing damage caused by contamination in your fuel can be huge. A Common rail diesel engine rebuild alone can cost over $15,000. So prevention is better than cure.
One way to provide the best protection to your engine is to install an additional fuel filter and water separator and the full range of D.I.Y. Diesel Care Fuel Filter Bracket Kits™ are available to give you piece of mind and save your pocket.
Filter Kits - Features
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO THE JOB!
- VALUE FOR MONEY
Superb value for money. Full filter kits starting from just a
few hundred bucks (way less than injector or engine work!)
- THE ORIGINAL DIESEL FUEL FILTER KIT
– OFTEN COPIED NEVER EQUALLED
We’re the creators of the ORIGINAL diesel fuel filter kit, that others copy.
We have the largest range of kits because we do the R&D to produced them first.
Which Kit? Primary or Secondary?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Diesel Care offer D.I.Y. fuel filter kits in two variants for most of the vehicle range we cover; Primary (pre) and Secondary (final). We often have people ask what the difference is between our Primary and Secondary Kits, so we’ll explain…
FUEL MANAGER – PRIMARY (PRE) FILTRATION
Primary filters, sometimes called a pre filter are plumbed before the factory filter.
(See image A on the right.) Fuel passes through this relatively coarse filter first before continuing on to the vehicle’s factory installed filter, then to the high pressure pump. The filter media in a Diesel Care Fuel Manager primary filter is rated at 30 micron. A micron is a unit on length equal to one millionth of a metre, or to break this down further; one micron is one thousandth of a millimetre.
So, a 30 micron filter will remove particles the size of 30 x 1,000ths of a millimetre. This may sound very small, and it is, but not small enough to protect modern high pressure fuel systems from abrasive damage. Most factory filters on modern Common Rail systems are rated at 10 micron.
FUEL MANAGER – SECONDARY (FINAL) FILTRATION
Secondary filters, sometimes called a final filter are plumbed after the factory installed filter.
(See image B below). Fuel passes through the factory filter first before continuing on to the secondary filter, then to the high pressure pump.
The filter media in a Diesel Care Fuel Manager final filter is rated at 2 micron or 5 micron, depending on the vehicle. So, a 2 micron final filter will remove particles the size of just 2 x 1,000th of a millimetre. Now that is very, very small!
SO WHICH ONE DO I CHOOSE? PRIMARY OR SECONDARY?
This is where you need to decide. There are a number of differences between both options, and a lot of people ask what we recommend. We’ll get to that later but first we’ll go over the features for both.
PRIMARY (PRE) KIT FEATURES
- The 30 micron Filter effectively removes larger particulate matter
- Effectively removes water
- Prolongs the service life of the factory filter cartridge
- It is recommended that you change the primary filter cartridge at the same time as you would your factory filter unless fuel is contaminated.
SECONDARY (FINAL) KIT FEATURES
- Provides an effective safety net if contaminants get through the factory filter
- The 2 and 5 micron filters effectively remove smaller abrasive particles, resulting in less wear on the pump and injectors
- Effectively removes water if any gets through the factory filter
- The secondary Filter cartridge can be changed less regularly than the primary and factory filter cartridges, we recommend every second time the factory filter is changed unless fuel contamination occurs.
WHAT KIT DO WE RECOMMEND?
Both options will provide much better protection than not having an additional filter. Each one has their advantages but at the end of the day, we recommend secondary. The reason is that we believe that finer filtration ultimately provides better protection. It’s also reassuring to know that if you are unlucky enough to get a bad tank-full of fuel, and the filter warning light on the dash comes on, that if anything has penetrated your factory filter, it’s been caught in the final filter. The fact is; contaminants DO get through filters. As Diesel Injection Specialists we see evidence of this almost daily. The best way to prevent expensive repairs caused by fuel contamination is to filter it. Fuel cannot be too clean.
FILTER CONTAMINATION EVIDENCE
Think it cant happen to you? Here are some pictures of the contaminated fuel filters in a Mitsubishi Triton.
The first picture is the factory filter, this has done approx 30.000ks and there is clear evidence of contamination – the black deposits.
The other is the Fuel Manager secondary filter, it’s done approx 20.000ks – the blackness in this filter is evidence that it is catching contaminates which could have ended up in the engine causing some costly repairs!
It also worth noting that the filter media in the Fuel Manager is Glued top and bottom, where as the factory filter is just sealing the metal faces at the top.
Your next tank of Diesel could destroy you engine.
The protection of an additional fuel filter could save it.
Filter Change Instructions
If you have an additional fuel filter it is important to check the filter cartridge for contamination and change if necessary. This video will show you how to inspect and change a fuel filter.
Diesel Care Filtration Kit Review
A real issue when your out in the bush is the quality of your fuel. Pat Callinan talks about the issue of contaminated fuel when your traveling and good trip preparation by fitting one of our Filtration kits to your 4wd.
Clarcor Fuel Manager - What Does It Offer?
Clarcor Fuel Manager is the versatile Diesel Fuel Filtration / Water Separation System.
We include Clarcor’s FUEL MANAGER FM100 Diesel fuel filters in our Kits because they are one of the most trusted brands on the market. Clarecor are one on the largest filtration companies in America, all they do is filtration, both liquids & gasses. The fuel filtration and water separation needs of today’s new generation diesel fuel systems demand extremely high efficiency, flexibility, multiple functions and ease of use with no risk of fuel spills or contaminated parts.
Clarcor’s patented Fuel Manager® range of combination fuel filter/water separators meets these demanding requirements and are used on hundreds of different machines powered by diesel engines. Over 60 Original Equipment Manufacturers specify the Fuel Manager Fuel filter/water separator systems for their engines &/or equipment. These include; John Deere, Caterpillar, Perkins, Sisu, Case, New Holland, Ford, Volvo, JCB, just to name a few. Available for light, medium and heavy duty trucks; and agricultural, industrial, construction and marine applications, there is a Fuel Manager Series to meet any condition.
THREE SERIES AVAILABLE
FM10 Series – up to 200HP
FM100 Series – up to 350HP
FM1000 Series – up to 600HP
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ENSURES CLEAN FUEL
Specially treated hydrophobic media to remove both water AND particulates. The unique design efficiently traps impurities & water without impeding flow rate.
WIDE RANGE OF SIZES
Clarcor’s massive range of FUEL MANAGER Diesel fuel filters are a unique, patented, modular diesel filter/water separator system that can be customised for virtually any application up to 600HP.
WIDE RANGE OF MICRON RATINGS
The Filter elements are available in 5 different micron ratings: 2, 5, 10, 30, & 150.
While 150 micron is a relatively course filter that will strain particles 150 x 1000ths of a millimetre, the 2 micron will strains particles as small as 2 x 1000ths of a millimetre.
The design permits the replacement of elements without the use of tools & without spilling fuel, making service quick & easy.
Diesel Fuel Additives
As well as protecting your engine diesel fuel additives also improve diesel engine performance.
Diesel Care sells and recommends two separate additives; Stanadyne Performance Formula, & Fuel Doctor. These two additives are quite different in composition; Stanadyne’s additive being petroleum based, Fuel Doctor being detergent based.
Fuel additives are used to upgrade and stabilise fuel by reducing sludge and fuel tank contaminants. They work to clean and protect fuel system components such as the pump and injectors to achieve reduced wear on components and to restore lubricity. In addition, the cetane improver in some fuel additives such as Stanadyne Performance Formula results in easier starting, less smoke and more complete combustion. The net result is more horsepower, more torque and more km per litre. Consequently, a significant cost savings to you.
Regular use of a fuel additive will more than pay for itself by:
- savings at the fuel station
- provide protection to components and reduce the need for repairs
- extend maintenance intervals.
Poor quality fuel leads to poor performance, low efficiency and expensive repairs so used in addition to our Diesel Care filter kits a fuel additive can provide your sensitive injection system with even more protection and overall better engine performance.
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Filtration Systems FAQs
Some rotary fuel pumps are very sensitive to restriction (Bosch VP44, Denso ECD-3 & ECD-V4). So in instances like this we recommend a primary filtration at 30 micron as the only option. But most high pressure systems these days including Common Rail are intolerant of contamination & their repair costs are high. Secondary (final) filtration at 2 to 5 micron is the best thing you could do to increase the life of your fuel system & safeguard against expensive repairs due to fuel contamination.
We have spent many hours developing our products, testing, manufacturing and testing again to ensure that our kits are suitable for the DIYer. However if your pushed for time then book into one of our stores and we can fit it for you.
Water Separator filter kit will not affect warranty as it works in conjunction with the original filter. It does not replace the original filter. We supply this configuration to a number of vehicle dealers around the country.
If you get contamination in your fuel system there is no warranty.
The secondary filters are fitted after the factory filter, Pre filters are before. We use coarse filtration for Pre (30 micron), much finer filtration for Secondary (2 micron). There should be no problem with warranty as we are not removing the factory filter. We supply both Pre & Secondary configurations to a number of vehicle dealers around the country.
Yes the kit is compatible with the flow rate. The fuel managers are designed for common rail systems. The flow rate on the filter assembly we use with a 2 micron filter is rated at 300 Litres per hour and up to 350hp.
Yes, the filter kits are sent out in express post bags so they can be sent to a PO Box
Yes we do take direct deposit. Please contact us and we will supply our bank details.
No the kit does not include an extra filter, however extra filters can be supplied at an additional cost and can be purchased through our webstore. If you purchase an additional filter with your filter kit order there will not be any additional postage cost.
They vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle starting from $280
There are two variants for most of the vehicle range we cover; Primary (pre) and Secondary (final).
In short, Primary filters are plumbed before the factory filter and is a relatively course filter rated at 30 microns.
Secondary filters are plumbed after the factory installed filter and is rated at
2 micron or 5 micron, depending on the vehicle.
Read more detailed information on the differences and what we recommend ***here
The team at our Dalby branch have put together a short video showing the process on how to check your secondary fuel filter for contamination and demonstrate how simple it is to change.
Watch this video to see how it’s done! (****Insert video link) An instruction sheet is also provided here for you to use.
The filter is easily replaced. For secondary filters you would only have to change it every second time you change your original filter. For Primary filters you will need to replace more regularly.
Yes our kits do fit with a dual battery system fitted. We can supply fitting instructions and offer both primary and secondary filter Kits.
A bad tank of fuel could could destroy your diesel engine. An additional fuel filter will provide extra protection from contaminants such as particle matter and water in fuel, safeguarding against thousands in engine repairs. for just a few hundred bucks installing an additional filter will cost far less than injector or engine work! It will provide great insurance to your vehicles most vital organ.
Our kits are the original kits. Our brackets have been made in Australia and developed by our team of experienced technicians using high quality steel. The Fuel Manger Filter included in the kit is made in the USA and is recognised as one of the highest quality fuel filter systems on the market. Everything is included in the kit to do the job yourself but your pushed for time, book into one of our stores and we can fit it for you.
Everything is included to do the job!
– FUEL MANAGER Filtration System, designed to efficiently remove particle matter and water from fuel
– Custom designed vehicle specific bracket
– Fuel hose, fittings, clamps and fixing hardware
– Detailed Instructions provided for an easy installation
Additional items not present in the kit include suitable assembly and dismantling tools eg. a wrench to tighten bolts supplied, screwdriver etc. These tools are recommended and may vary in type and size depending upon application.