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Old 12-08-2010, 03:44 PM   #1
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"Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

Just had a 30,000 mile service today at Ford. The usual.

I asked them about the fuel filter because it was supposed to be part of the service, but they said they did not do it.

They told me they could not get to it because it's an inline unit that's part of the sender, and since I have a TransferFlow tank, that's kind of a huge hassle.

I wasn't too concerned, but I did a little research, which included calling Brad at TransferFlow. He was very helpful, but even he did not know where the filter was. I finally looked in the service manual, which I have, and that's where it said it's inline. That's also where it said it's a "lifetime filter."

Why do I have problems believing any fuel filter is good for "life?" Does anybody with a gasser have any experience with "lifetime" filters? I'm not too concerned, just curious, and I can always use a good laugh.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

Diesels have 'Lifetime' filters.

Let it go too long and the engine lifetime expires!

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Old 12-08-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

They replaced my v-10 fuel filter at the 20k service. They never mentioned lifetime filter or anything else like that?
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

I'm glad I can have a laugh at my own expense.

Maybe the next time I pass through Chico, in a year or so, I'll have TransferFlow drop the tank.

Very interesting.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:33 PM   #5
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

Inside of the frame rail, directly below the driver seat. It is not lifetime, and it is not hard to change. I usually do it at the parts store.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:13 AM   #6
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

I'll look again, but neither I nor the Ford mechanic could find it and the 09 factory manual lists it as part of the sending unit. Have you seen it inside the rail on an 09?
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

Oops. Missed the part about it being an '09. In that case I have no idea.
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

you might be right. I'll crawl under again. I'll actually be under there, anyway, to install my propane tank. been trying to line up a friend's garage, but he seems to disappear whenever the temperature goes below 30. time for layers.
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

It might be a charcoal type filter on the fuel pump located inside the tank...chevy's been doing that for a few years but I always thought there was a secondary filter located somewhere as well.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:01 PM   #10
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Re: "Lifetime" fuel filter on a 5.4

I may have to wait till the warmer weather - I have to limit my time out there - but eventually, I'm just going to trace the fuel line from beginning to and and try to get a definitive answer on this.
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