Category Archives: Fuel Filters

Biodiesel Will Shorten Your Filter Life. What’s the Best Filter Option?

Did you know Manitoba has mandated a minimum average 2% biodiesel for all diesel fuel sales by volume?  Due to potential gelling issues in our cold winters, winter fuel has very little biodiesel added, so to meet regulations summer fuel typically has up to 5% or more by volume. This can have an effect on your diesel vehicles performance, and it’s fuel filter life expectancy.

Razor Fuel Filters from Western Turbo

Biodiesel reduces filter life

Racor has participated in several biodiesel filtration field tests with major OEMs. Racor is actively participating in industry-wide research and development on biodiesel fuel filtration and water separation challenges. Development of technology to support the use of all biofuels is ongoing at Racor Division.

Biodiesel tends to shorten filter life and most biodiesels have a low “interfacial tension” – meaning water easily disperses and dissolves in the fuel, greatly reducing efficiency for all types of water separators and coalescers. Racor makes fuel filters capable of handling biodiesel for almost all domectic diesel applications.

Racor’s ultra high quality synthetic rubber compounds perform equally well in biodiesel and standard diesel. Seals subject to biodiesel exposure are generally replaced at the same time as the replacement filter. Racor uses all materials compatible with up to 20% biodiesel blend. Above 20% may require material changes to dynamic seals that are not normally replaced at element change-outs.

For expert information on fuel filters, diesel parts, service and diagnostics, give us a call at 1 800 665 7556 or send us an email to

Parker Racor’s Top Picks – Now Available at Western Turbo

At Western Turbo, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a wide selection of the best names in OEM and aftermarket parts for your diesel vehicle. We’re happy to announce some new offerings from Parker Racor, one of the top names in fuel filtration technology. Among the whole host of products they offer, we’re especially pleased to offer the following three items, Parker Racor’s top picks.

Pick #1
PFF54529 Fuel Filter Water Separator for HD Ram Truck
The Ram HD trucks with the Cummins 6.7 Diesel are very popular, and the availability of a replacement filter from the OEM supplier sure makes a lot of our customers happy. This is an element for the frame-mounted filter under the cab on the 2014 Ram HD.

Pick #2
PFF33286 Fuel Filter Element Kit for the Navistar 6.4L MaxxForce Engine
This kit is a top seller, and includes both primary and secondary fuel filter elements for a variety of applications that use the MaxxForce 7 engine.

Pick #3
PFL33264 Engine Lube Oil Element for Navistar Engines
Another popular kit, this part is the OEM engine lube oil replacement element for Navistar engines. It fits Navistar MaxxForce 7 6.4L engines in four-wheel drive applications.

Parker Racor is pleased to make these parts available via Western Turbo, because we service more diesels than anyone else locally, and everyone deserves the quality of an OEM part. When it comes to filtration equipment for your diesel vehicle, there’s great wisdom to be had in keeping it real.

For repairs to all of your diesel equipment, come to Western Turbo. Our facility is located at 325 Eagle Drive. Contact us online or by telephone (204) 632-1366 or toll-free at (800) 665-7556.

The New Standard in Fuel Filtration is a SNAPP

There are a lot of good reasons for choosing a small diesel engine for agricultural, construction, and marine use.  We all know just how durable diesel is, and longevity and fuel economy translate directly into dollars in our pockets.  Whether you’re working or playing, reliable operation at a low cost is a mighty attractive offer, and today’s small diesel’s deliver.  In the past few decades, small diesel engines have benefited from many improvements in technology, and have evolved to the point that they can squeeze an amazing amount of performance out of an ounce of diesel fuel.

These technological advances, primarily in the area of fuel injection, mean that a steady supply of the highest quality fuel is mandatory. Today’s small diesels won’t tolerate impurities in their fuel.

For the best, and easiest, fuel filtration technology for diesel engines up to 140 hp, or consuming up to 26 gallons of fuel per hour, there’s the SNAPP fuel filter by Parker Racor, a leader in fuel filtration technology.

SNAPP fuel filters are simple to install, and even simpler to replace – removal and reinstallation is simply a snap.  There’s no need for extensive priming procedures – simply plug it in and it will start protecting your engine right away.

SNAPP filters use a patented technology, a filtration media called Aquablock, that ensures that damaging water and solid impurities in your diesel or biodiesel fuel don’t reach your sensitive injectors.  These filters are able to filter in 2, 10, and 30-micron specifications, eliminating the risk of impurities wreaking havoc in your diesel or biodiesel application.

SNAPP filters can be installed anywhere along your fuel supply line, and measure only 8” x 4”, so you can get them where you need them.  Your first installation kit comes with everything you need – a bracket for mounting, and a priming tool for exchange.  Subsequent filters come with media replacement.

At Western Turbo, we see a lot of engines after they’ve been damaged by poor fuel.  We don’t hesitate to recommend SNAPP fuel filters for their exceptional filtration capacity. Contact Geoff at Western Turbo for more information.