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Old 12-20-2015, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CAT Fuel Filter Shelf Life

I have several CAT 1R-0749 fuel filters that I purchased back in 2004 from a CAT dealer. The filters look perfect, are still in their shrink wrap and have been safely stored in my garage since purchased. Does anyone know if these filters have a shelf life/expiration date?
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Should be indefinitely.

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I would use them. If you really want to know email CAT.
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd think that as long as they are still wrapped they should be good for life.
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I have several CAT 1R-0749 fuel filters that I purchased back in 2004 from a CAT dealer. The filters look perfect, are still in their shrink wrap and have been safely stored in my garage since purchased. Does anyone know if these filters have a shelf life/expiration date?
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I don't see any problem since you have had them sealed since you bought them. I think the only thing is filtration standards have changed since 2004 so the filtering efficiency may be not as good as the newer filters. Also, like the 1R-0750 the 1R-0749 is a designated secondary filter so I wouldn't advise using just this filter in a 1 filter system. If that's the case you'd be better off to use the ACDelco TP3018, Racor PFF50216 or the Baldwin BF9882.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What they said ^. Also being that they've been stored in a garage which I'm sure maintains a consistent temperature, if they were stored in a shed, internally rusted parts due to condensation would be a concern.
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I don't see any problem since you have had them sealed since you bought them. I think the only thing is filtration standards have changed since 2004 so the filtering efficiency may be not as good as the newer filters. Also, like the 1R-0750 the 1R-0749 is a designated secondary filter so I wouldn't advise using just this filter in a 1 filter system. If that's the case you'd be better off to use the ACDelco TP3018, Racor PFF50216 or the Baldwin BF9882.
Are you saying these filters are not intended to be used in a 1 filter system because there's no water separator? Could you explain why it's not good to use either of these filters alone?
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Are you saying these filters are not intended to be used in a 1 filter system because there's no water separator? Could you explain why it's not good to use either of these filters alone?
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That's what I'm saying, Both these filters (1R-0750, 1R-0749) are designated secondary filters by Cat which means (As you mentioned) they do not have the capability to separate, store and drain water from the filter. The filtering media in a secondary filter lacks the water stripping capability of a primary FWS filter. These filters are designed to be used downstream from a Fuel Water Separator filter. If you use one of these filters in a 1 filter system, you do not have proper water separation which means water can get into your fuel system beyond the filter which as you know is not a good thing.
The OEM type filters mentioned above are Dual Layer, like having two filters in one, the first layer separates the water and stores it in the bottom of the filter while the second layer polishes up the fuel, plus you can drain the excess water (If Any) out of the filter.
I know a lot of people say they have never had a water problem using the Cat filters alone which may be true, but you never know where the next batch of bad fuel may be hiding and are you willing to take that risk to save a few dollars on a fuel filter? The OEM type filters (ACDelco TP3018, Racor PFF50216, Baldwin BF9882)are excellent fuel filters and IMHO don't understand why anyone would want to use anything else in a 1 filter system.
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Old post, but I've read reports from an engineer with a major filter company that says air, oil and fuel filters have a shelf life. I'd ask the manufacturer about using filters that are 12 years old. Wrapped or not, age can still affect filter materials, and not in a good way.
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