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Old 09-24-2016, 02:15 AM
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Hey everybody new to this sight and bought my first idi, well first diesel ever and I have found everything else I need to fix truck except the wiring harness from the fire wall into engine bay right below the brake master cylinder any leads in a direction to go would be awesome thanks in advance
Year model? If its the round plug and you need to "fix" it, Most likely rat damage. Good luck and have fun.
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Ugg, I'd run Baldwin's before I ran Fram. Hell, I'd run anything before I ran Fram.

Most of you know by now I'm not a fan of brand wars. Everyone has their favorites and a lot of people claim their trucks 'like' a certain this that or the other. Fact is a truck is not sentient, it doesn't give a crap what you use. It's the owner that likes this that or the other.

I just go by my personal experience and that of others as what NOT to use.

So here's my personal experience on the Cat VS Baldwin filter thing:

In the '90's we were running two Freightliner FLDs with the 3406E Cats in them at my location. Both trucks were finicky, particularly with the fuel systems. Often would get phantom codes and power losses the dealer/shops couldn't explain.

One day our fleet manager, (located out of state), told me to try Cat filters in those trucks; that Cat's did better with the factory filters.

Oh boy, here we go with the brand thing I sez to myself. But I replaced the Baldwin filters with Cats at the next service. Here's the test: I did not tell either driver that I did anything different. The same week both drivers reported that the trucks were running better and more responsive.

We still had fuel system issues with those trucks, but it really cut down on the random codes and power loss.

I don't know the science behind it, I suppose the OEM filters are calibrated for the engine it's attached to. Maybe the aftermarket stuff isn't exact to the application, but 'close enough' to work.

Recently we had a clown at another location put a Fram oil filter on his Volvo truck. It wasn't the proper micron rating for that truck so it sucked itself in and crumpled like a pepsi can and truck lost its oil pressure. They caught it in time though. Glad it wasn't one of mine, lol.
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Unless its a beater, Stay away from autozone parts. Cheap and unreliable. Napa is to expensive for me. Oreilly is a good mid grade parts supplier thats local. Now, autozone usually has a oil change sale which I'll bite on when doing a friends car but even then, For my own, I stay away from it. On filters, I only do mobile 1 when I can. I've had almost all of the others fail. Including wix. At work, They only use Baldwin filters. The battery cable from oreillys is American made, excellent quality, and cheaper than the motorcraft by $30 and is almost identical to it. Nice heavy gauge 2/0 with no copper exposed.
Heres one most people don't think about: Harbor Freight. Their split conduit is nice, comes in a variety of sizes, and is a bear to open so it stays tight, and is the same thickness as oem. Their adhesive heatshrink is nice aswell. Used a ton of it on my '87 and it shrinks nicely, the glue does come out but not to much, and if you get it to hot, it does bubble and smoke just a little but can be smoothed back down and doesn't affect it. They also have a dental pick set that is perfect for connectors with the red tab inside them.
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