1. #1
    Forum Member
    FWDbuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Pee-Ayy!
    Posts
    7,406

    Default Late-model Spartan/Caterpillar fuel filter issue, be aware!!!

    For anyone having a late model Spartan with a C13 Cat, be sure to check where the fuel return line comes around the back of the engine and routes behind the fuel filter. Changed our filter today, and noted that there is some pretty significant chafing to the stainless fuel return line from rubbing up against the filter. We plan on correcting it by fabricating a plate to space out the filter assembly mount, originally installed by Spartan. Just thought I would throw this out there for everyone so you could keep an eye on yours.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

  2. #2
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,165

    Default

    I'd give Spartan a call, (if you haven't already) maybe they'll pay for the fix. Is it still under warrenty or just out?

  3. #3
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Bryn Athyn, Pa.
    Posts
    1,619

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    I'd give Spartan a call, (if you haven't already) maybe they'll pay for the fix. Is it still under warrenty or just out?
    It's been out of warranty for a couple of years. Can't get Caterpillar to pay for it because they didn't put the filters where they are, Spartan did. The filter is up tight against the fuel return line, so some chafing is definitely there, but it's not in danger of going through. As Buff said, we'll address it by making a simple space plate to move the filter away from the fuel return line.

    Actually, you have to give Spartan credit for the filter arrangement. CAT's filters normally are in a place that's OK to get to on a road tractor, but would be somewhere between difficult and impossible on a Spartan. Spartan moved them around to the back of the engine, left side, so they're really easy to get to. But in doing so, they didn't space the secondary fuel filter away from the fuel return line.

    I don't know if filter location is an issue with any other chassis using CAT engines.
    Last edited by chiefengineer11; 03-11-2012 at 11:33 AM.

  4. #4
    Forum Member
    Rescue101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Bridgton,Me USA
    Posts
    8,162

    Default

    See? that's what you get from using the UNripe engine. Hehe

  5. #5
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Bryn Athyn, Pa.
    Posts
    1,619

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    See? that's what you get from using the UNripe engine. Hehe
    And as I recall, my NH220 was....?

  6. #6
    Forum Member
    Rescue101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Bridgton,Me USA
    Posts
    8,162

    Default

    NOT Yellow!

  7. #7
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Bryn Athyn, Pa.
    Posts
    1,619

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    NOT Yellow!
    Some other color beginning with Y?

  8. #8
    Forum Member
    Rescue101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Bridgton,Me USA
    Posts
    8,162

    Default

    Mine was tan/beige. Some were gray. And YOURS? If it was YELLOW,check your paint locker and see if Buff jacked some paint! Hehe

  9. #9
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Bryn Athyn, Pa.
    Posts
    1,619

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Mine was tan/beige. Some were gray. And YOURS? If it was YELLOW,check your paint locker and see if Buff jacked some paint! Hehe
    290s on up, maybe even 270s were beige. My 220 (two-story Falcon), my buddy's (not good buddy) Emeryville and my neighbor's Emeryville with a 180 were all yellow, as I remember. Can't blame Buff, he hadn't even been born then.

  10. #10
    Forum Member
    FWDbuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Pee-Ayy!
    Posts
    7,406

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    Can't blame Buff, he hadn't even been born then.
    I'm sure you'll figure out some way.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

  11. #11
    Forum Member
    Rescue101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Bridgton,Me USA
    Posts
    8,162

    Default

    Well,I HAVE an Emeryville,220,and it AIN'T yella'. I think somebody's trying to mess with ya so they can get Cat money for Cummapart components. I've NEVER seen a yellow Cummins but I haven't been around as long as some folks. You SURE you aren't confusing those with BOAT motors? Hehe

  12. #12
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    601

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    Actually, you have to give Spartan credit for the filter arrangement.
    Maybe they learned something when they tried to deliver three units to Peoria, Illinois where filters (oil, I believe) couldn't even be unscrewed enough to drop off. Cat engines to protect Caterpillar's world headquarters and they couldn't get it right. Cat ended up dry sumping the engines in their Chillicothe plant.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. m1008 fuel issue
    By LVFD301 in forum The Engineer
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-29-2008, 08:37 PM
  2. Spartan fuel tank
    By bookworm in forum Apparatus Innovation
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 04-17-2008, 02:00 PM
  3. Cutting/Spreading Late Model Autos!!!
    By BigRig in forum University of Extrication
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-24-2008, 10:27 PM
  4. Very late model cars to cut...
    By BigRig in forum Texas
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-30-2007, 05:20 PM
  5. 1st Spartan Big-Easy-Chassis crowned LL Model
    By AsstEngineer292 in forum Apparatus Innovation
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-06-2005, 03:05 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register