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rab01
05-07-2016, 11:18 PM
I have a 2012 Sprinter NCV3. Per MB dealer there was a fuel filter change mid-year and they can't determine which one I need. Apparently they stock both and use the one that matches what they remove. One is $70, the other $176. I'd like to carry a spare with me, but not both! Is there a way to tell which one I need before removing it? Inlet hose size? Outlet hose size? hose location? Etc?

smiller
05-07-2016, 11:20 PM
Sometimes they can tell by VIN number but I guess not in this case or they would have offered that solution. Probably the only thing you can do is remove the engine cover and take some photos of the installed filter, and match it up that way.

CJPJ
05-07-2016, 11:38 PM
The more expensive filter has a water in fuel sensor built into the filter.

The other filter has a removable water in fuel sensor that is reusable\reused.

Easy to visually distinguish the difference between them.

Walter Clark
05-08-2016, 01:29 PM
What ^^^he^^^ said.


The newer ones look like this:
http://www.partsgeek.com/assets/rep/full/1139259.jpg

Notice the 5-pin connector...Heater and WIF detector. Earlier ones lacked the WIF detector.

Aqua Puttana
05-08-2016, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the photo. :thumbup:

Maybe a slight clarification.

... Earlier ones lacked the [integrated - not exchanged by plug in] WIF detector.

:2cents: vic

irvingj
05-08-2016, 06:11 PM
You might want to try idParts in MA. Their price on a Mann 5-pin is a tad lower at $79.95….

http://www.idparts.com/engine-filters-filter-packs-c-29_50.html

Jchirchirillo
05-09-2016, 10:13 PM
Try www.dieselfiltersonline.com-

I purchased this filter a year ago . Price might have gone up.. IDK

Came with sensor.

[WK-820/15] [WK-820/15]Mann inline fuel filter(6420904852/6420906352) @ $60.31

Bobnoxious
05-09-2016, 10:36 PM
Sometimes they can tell by VIN number but I guess not in this case or they would have offered that solution. Probably the only thing you can do is remove the engine cover and take some photos of the installed filter, and match it up that way.

Can you give us the low down on how to replace it? For example, is there a need to bleed it?

pfflyer
05-09-2016, 10:58 PM
Can you give us the low down on how to replace it? For example, is there a need to bleed it?

Here you go.
http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23101

Bobnoxious
05-09-2016, 11:29 PM
Thank you! Why is it engineers insist on placing service components behind other components?

Saiyan
05-13-2016, 05:23 PM
Not to thread-jack. But I have a question about the fuel filter as well. I have an RV with a 2013 Sprinter chassis. It has 10,000 miles on it. I spoke with 2 Mercedes technicians who are friends of mine. They said I should change it. Along with the first service (oil and oil filter change, Fill DEF), I was going to change the fuel filter. I read the manual along with other forum posts that say 20,000 miles for the fuel filter.

1. Do I need to change the fuel filter?
2. If so, I took a picture of the fuel filter currently in my Sprinter. I need help identifying it. I attached a picture of it. If someone has a part number, that would be a huge help now or even later when I get to 20,000 miles.

Thanks in advance.

irvingj
05-13-2016, 07:11 PM
That sure looks like the latest 5-pin configuration. http://www.idparts.com/fuel-filter-pin-plug-om642-lateom651-early-p-4140.html

Saiyan
05-14-2016, 02:43 AM
Thanks for confirming that for me. I'm looking for part numbers now to prevent ordering the wrong one.

sailquik
05-14-2016, 03:19 AM
Saiyan,
Unless you know you've had a tank of wet or dirty fuel, the 20k recommended interval is fine.
I've maintained my Sprinters strictly by the OEM Maintenance Booklet that's supposed to be
the glove box in your Sprinter RV.
Never had any issues.
Roger

Saiyan
05-14-2016, 05:55 PM
Sailquik,
Thanks for telling me your experience. And appreciate the help.