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Fuel filter for MF230

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10-20-2012 10:03:06

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I bought a pair of tires at a garage sale last month----it just so happens there was a red and silver tractor stuck between them. The paint on the hood is extremely faded and barely shows a 30 and to the best of my judgement it's a MF 230. The ser. no. is 9A336957 which leads me to believe it's a 1980.

I'm looking for a fuel filter (diesel) and the Baldwin book shows BF884 which is completely different than the one that's on it. The one I removed is Wix and the last three digits are 118.

The tractor has been out in the weather for several years and I'm getting fresh fluids in it before attempting to start it. The fuel filter did have some water in it. I did remove the inlet line at the lift pump and didn't get any water from the tank which surprised me.

Should I check the lines to the injector pump for any signs of rust? This diesel stuff is all new to me.

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10-21-2012 16:08:26

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 Re: Fuel filter for MF230 in reply to atlarge54, 10-20-2012 10:03:06  
Well me laddies the old filter had a pin hole in 'er not ta mention the water. Me bein' not real smart on the oiley burners, I didn't want to send air water or rust to the injector pump.

Jest a wee bit odd that the tracter didn't have the standard filter on board.

The lads at the other tractor board got me set up with a Wix 33118 which looks like it might get me goin'.

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10-21-2012 10:27:11

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 Re: Fuel filter for MF230 in reply to atlarge54, 10-20-2012 10:03:06  

There should be no bother. Iwent to see an old 65 diesel last week, it had been sitting in a field for 10 years.I never even thought to look at filters, I loosened the bleed screws on the injector pump and one injector line, pumped the hand primer and got diesel, then tightened the bleed screws but left the injector line loose, connected the booster cables to my SUV battery and it started like it had been used an hour before!. Iam of course speaking from the UK but our 230 had all the CAV296 filter, some pics of replacements above. On some models with only one filter we used the long filter in the first pic. Sam

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Tony in Mass.

10-21-2012 10:38:01

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 Re: Fuel filter for MF230 in reply to samn40, 10-21-2012 10:27:11  
So Sam, did you get the " so's last night I bought a me self a pair of tires with an iron thing betwixed 'em" line? Sounded like an Irish pub joke to me, so I didn't try to answer till re-reading it today.... it seems the man seriously needs a filter...

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10-21-2012 12:17:08

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 Re: Fuel filter for MF230 in reply to Tony in Mass., 10-21-2012 10:38:01  
Tony, I got that one alright. I have been to plenty of Irish pubs and bought many iron things between rubber things, in fact some of them were bought in Irish pubs....big mistake...that even filters won't cure! It is difficult for me to fix 30 yr old tractors with a keyboard across a big stretch of salty water, but I do try!! Hope to see you in an Irish pub some day...If you get there first mines a Guinness.....I know , I know ...I will see if they stock Black Lable....! Sam

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Tony in Mass.

10-21-2012 09:58:44

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 Re: Fuel filter for MF230 in reply to atlarge54, 10-20-2012 10:03:06  
I wouldn't mess with the filters if it comes out the injector lines when priming, you accidently could let a bubble in the top of the filter case, and have to blkeed that out, etc etc... but, since I am a butcher and hack, I would spray some starter fluid in there and see if she fires. All diesels can/could get airbound from sitting around, but once it does stay runnning a few seconds, your fuel system will be either good... or not... did you check the YT store on the left column, see what they have for filters- or call and ask what interchanges in the books.

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