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tinkerric
10-15-2013, 09:39 PM
Hi,
I have a 2005 dodge sprinter 2500 144 with 61k on it.
Having some issues so I decided to start with the fuel filter.
I have the filter removed but the WIF sensor won't budge.
My understanding is that it needs to twist 1/4 turn clockwise.
The sensor was last removed 5 yrs and about 25k ago.
Any suggestions?
I've tried to twist with needle nose pliers on the side tabs but don't want to break anything.
Thanks Rich

Aqua Puttana
10-15-2013, 10:16 PM
Hi,
I have a 2005 dodge sprinter 2500 144 with 61k on it.
Having some issues so I decided to start with the fuel filter.
I have the filter removed but the WIF sensor won't budge.
My understanding is that it needs to twist 1/4 turn clockwise.
The sensor was last removed 5 yrs and about 25k ago.
Any suggestions?
I've tried to twist with needle nose pliers on the side tabs but don't want to break anything.
Thanks Rich

As you indicate WIF 2005 it must be a diesel.

I haven't tried this.

Maybe use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the assembly a little bit?

Don't try it with a gasoline (petrol) filter.

Good luck. vic

shortshort
10-16-2013, 04:13 AM
did you take the screws out?

tinkerric
10-16-2013, 04:37 PM
Thanks for the replies.
Yes I took the screws out.
It has been in for 5 years, it won't twist at all.
I have bent the tabs back. Can I pry it straight out without twisting first?
I've soaked it overnight, no change.
I'm going to pick up a new one and cut the filter apart to get the old one out as a spare.
Spoke with Dr A, he said 5years and corrosion from the northeastern environment is the cause. Mentioned silicone grease, I assume on the o rings, and cutting the filter apart if I was so inclined.

Thanks again
Rich

tinkerric
10-16-2013, 05:28 PM
Update:
After I realized that the sensor pushed straight in and that the twist was just to get it under the metal tabs, I decided to try again.
With the filter in a vise,I bent the tabs back and began to pry the sensor straight out with a very thin screwdriver under each plastic tab.
It took about 10 minutes of levering but it finally started to move.
I switched to some larger screwdrivers and it came out about 5 minutes later.
Nothing broken, the plastic tabs look a little fatigued, but I think I will re use it.
Thanks again
Rich

shortshort
10-17-2013, 05:58 AM
That happens to me Ima tie a poopa-trooper chute on it and pressurize the filter with the 140 PSI compressor.