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    Leaking Fuel!

    I hope someone can help me.

    I run a 2014 RAM 2500 MegaCab.

    I just performed the fuel filter change and the fuel/water separator change as well.

    This is my third or 4th time doing it, so not a noob at this part.

    The only thing different was I added Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost in the tank as the truck has over 160,000 miles.

    I also added Diesel Kleen Winterizer/Anti-gel as I’m getting ready to drive in the colder weather.

    I changed the fuel filters and started her up just fine. The truck sat for a couple of days, then this morning, I started her up in 40-degree weather.

    I noticed a bunch of fuel on the Driveway leaking.

    I looked underneath, and it was dark, so I couldn’t figure out exactly where it was coming from.

    The first thing I did was shut her off and decided to tighten the black plastic cap that you unscrew to remove the fuel filter under the hood (the 1 1/8” size one).

    It seemed to help. It went down to a drop, pretty much done.

    However, drove to work and checked underneath again; not a leak but just a pin drop of a drop.

    I can’t tell where it’s coming from now. But I saw this:

    Does anyone know what this is?

    And it looks like something is missing over this small plastic tube because it has an opening?

    I’m also thinking of removing the black fuel filter cap and checking the o-ring to make sure it didn’t get linked, and that’s what could be causing the leak.

    So I guess this is a double question, what part is missing from this photo, and do you think I should unscrew and check the large o-ring?

    Kind thanks for your help

    Alex

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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    Quote Originally Posted by Achernan28 View Post
    I hope someone can help me.

    I run a 2014 RAM 2500 MegaCab.

    I just performed the fuel filter change and the fuel/water separator change as well.

    This is my third or 4th time doing it, so not a noob at this part.

    The only thing different was I added Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost in the tank as the truck has over 160,000 miles.

    I also added Diesel Kleen Winterizer/Anti-gel as I’m getting ready to drive in the colder weather.

    I changed the fuel filters and started her up just fine. The truck sat for a couple of days, then this morning, I started her up in 40-degree weather.

    I noticed a bunch of fuel on the Driveway leaking.

    I looked underneath, and it was dark, so I couldn’t figure out exactly where it was coming from.

    The first thing I did was shut her off and decided to tighten the black plastic cap that you unscrew to remove the fuel filter under the hood (the 1 1/8” size one).

    It seemed to help. It went down to a drop, pretty much done.

    However, drove to work and checked underneath again; not a leak but just a pin drop of a drop.

    I can’t tell where it’s coming from now. But I saw this:

    Does anyone know what this is?

    And it looks like something is missing over this small plastic tube because it has an opening?

    I’m also thinking of removing the black fuel filter cap and checking the o-ring to make sure it didn’t get linked, and that’s what could be causing the leak.

    So I guess this is a double question, what part is missing from this photo, and do you think I should unscrew and check the large o-ring?

    Kind thanks for your help

    Alex
    Is that your starter we are looking at?

    If so then it looks like a vent type tube.

    As for your front filter leaking, yes check that rubber O ring.

    If it’s not seated just right in the groove, it will “pooch” out when tightening the cap.

    I had that happen on the backside next to the engine.


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    DANG IT'S COLD! AK Bob's Avatar

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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    Agree, check the “O” ring on the fuel filter in the engine compartment and filter drain valve.


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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    Quote Originally Posted by Achernan28 View Post
    I hope someone can help me.

    I run a 2014 RAM 2500 MegaCab.

    I just performed the fuel filter change and the fuel/water separator change as well.

    This is my third or 4th time doing it, so not a noob at this part.

    The only thing different was I added Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost in the tank as the truck has over 160,000 miles.

    I also added Diesel Kleen Winterizer/Anti-gel as I’m getting ready to drive in the colder weather.

    I changed the fuel filters and started her up just fine. The truck sat for a couple of days, then this morning, I started her up in 40-degree weather.

    I noticed a bunch of fuel on the Driveway leaking.

    I looked underneath, and it was dark, so I couldn’t figure out exactly where it was coming from.

    The first thing I did was shut her off and decided to tighten the black plastic cap that you unscrew to remove the fuel filter under the hood (the 1 1/8” size one).

    It seemed to help. It went down to a drop, pretty much done.

    However, drove to work and checked underneath again; not a leak but just a pin drop of a drop.

    I can’t tell where it’s coming from now. But I saw this:

    Does anyone know what this is?

    And it looks like something is missing over this small plastic tube because it has an opening?

    I’m also thinking of removing the black fuel filter cap and checking the o-ring to make sure it didn’t get linked, and that’s what could be causing the leak.

    So I guess this is a double question, what part is missing from this photo, and do you think I should unscrew and check the large o-ring?

    Kind thanks for your help

    Alex
    The tube shown in your photo is the starter vent tube and should not be plugged.


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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    I appreciate the responses.

    I’ve tightened the cap, and it hasn’t leaked all afternoon/evening.

    If anything changes, I’ll let you know.

    I guess it is my starter and the vent tube.

    I looked underneath my neighbor’s 2015, and that tube had a small clear cover on it.

    Thanks again,
    Alex


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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    Here's a little trick when putting a new filter in.

    Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the cap threads and the mating surface to help the o-ring glide to place and not bind.

    If you give it a little bit of "slide," it will seat just fine and not catch the cap causing a bind and disrupted seal.


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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    Don't over-tighten the cap.

    The factory plastic ones can crack.

    When you Tighten it, there is no reason to Tighten it hard and fast.

    I usually dip the new o ring in diesel then put it on.

    The vent may have had a plastic tube on it to protect crud and water going in.

    It may also have a mesh screen or baffle built-in, but IDK I think Denso starters are in our trucks.

    Here is a replacement vent tube.

    Look up.

    LarryB's 71-82312 Vent tube

    Edit oops, I thought that was for the 6.7 engine, but it's for the 5.9L Cummins.

    They don't sell one for the 6.7L Cummins.

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    Re: Leaking Fuel!

    Just a note - since plastic has been well known (documented) to kind of change its molecular structure over time (Being Heated Up & Cooled off) over hundreds of times - it slowly becomes somewhat brittle (weak).

    Thus the reason to possibly over time - replace with new or change to a billet aluminum cap.

    My point is - Thinking out loud - I was told to wait till the engine sits overnight before removing the cap (I want the cap to be ambient temp). - 60-90*F.

    I tend to do this front filter change during the end of the summer (before the winter temps arrive).

    I want the plastic to be at least above 60*F.

    Yes, I do lubricate the crap out of the O-Ring itself as well as the threads within the cap.

    Some/Most might think this is stupid - but I work with this plastic crap @ work every day, and Ambient Temp affects the structure of plastic more than most will believe & over time, this heating and cooling cycle will significantly weaken the design of the plastic (causing cracking and leaks).

    Just my thoughts & opinions.

    Thus the main reason why after all my long road drives - when I arrive home and park in the garage - I will pop my hood and leave open with a fan blowing into the engine bay to get rid of the heat - due to ALL the plastic within the engine bay.

    This will also benefit the rubber hoses as well. (Maybe even the rubber belt).

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