2000 Ford Diesel Superduty
Coolant Bypass Filtration
I feel that the cleaner I keep my coolant, the longer my radiator and engine will last (especially the water pump).
To accomplish this, I have installed a bypass filtration system similar to that used on OTR trucks. I chose to go with a Baldwin filter system, as they are among the very best of filter manufacturers, and they have been providing these for decades.
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From FleetPride ( www.fleetpride.com )
I put this filter behind the front bumper on the driver's side. I used a Baldwin B-5000 filter base and Baldwin coolant filter without "SCA" chemicals. I know, the filter shown is a Fleetguard, and it's also a good filter. The mounting plate is a "foundation plate", found in the Simpson Strongtie section at Home Depot. I enlarged one hole, and drilled another, to mount it on the bumper mounting bolts. I also drilled the three holes to mount the filter base. A couple of large metric nuts and some LocTite secure the plate up behind the left side of the front bumper, and the appropriate grade-8 hardware secure the filter base. You can figure out the hose routing. I used 1/2" hose, properly rated for coolant, but 3/8 would work just as well, and might be easier to find the fittings and route the hoses. I got the barbed brass fittings at Home Depot. Clamp all the hoses using the small fuel-line-size stainless screw-clamps. The filter should get changed initially at about 5000 miles, then every 15-20,000, or when it no longer gets warm while driving.
I used the International's water pump housing's plugged hole to tap into the pressure side of the pump. Note the use of that plastic wire-loom stuff, that Ford uses on everything, added around the hoses for additional abrasion-resistance. Double-clamp the hoses.
Here's how the other side of the filter returns coolant back to the system, by "T-ing" it into the line into the plastic "de-gas bottle", (the tank with the radiator pressure cap).
This is what was found in the initial filter used. There's more gunk floating around than I would have imagined. This sandy stuff is abrasive, and will eventually damage the water pump seal, causing the pump bearing's lubrication to fail. I normally use Baldwin B5134 filters. These have no chemicals inside them. I maintain the coolant's anti-cavitation chemicals (SCAs) manually with PenCool 3000 (a DCA-2 formulation) and the proper coolant test strips. I could also use Baldwin BW5136 filters, which are pre-charged with 2 units of Baldwin's BTE (also a DCA-2 formulation).
Last updated 03/23/11