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#2229439 - 04/11/11 07:22 PM 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter
mobilaltima Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
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Loc: Golden Meadow, LA
did an oil change today on my buddies '05 ford ranger, 2.3 liter engine. last oil change i had used an STP 3600 filter. went to wal mart today and got the oil and a motorcraft FL910S filter. however when i took the STP off, i noticed the STP is longer than the motorcraft by at least half an inch. can this hurt anything by using the smaller mo0torcraft filter? did ford downsize the filters? the STP 3600 and the motorcraft 910S are both the right ones for this truck.
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#2229453 - 04/11/11 07:31 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
troyb43 Offline


Registered: 11/21/10
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I got the FL1-A to work on my 2010, as it is a lot easier to get off, and brought the oil capacity to five quarts. I have the room for the bigger filter, not sure if the '05 has the room or not. My Focus uses a 910 also, and I don't think they have changed sizes, only the FL400 did as far as I know.

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#2229462 - 04/11/11 07:36 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
mobilaltima Offline


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yeah my buddies '05 can definitely fit a bigger filter. just wondering because the filter book at wal mart specified the 910S, and the STP i had used previously was a tad bit bigger.
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#2229590 - 04/11/11 09:17 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
Virtuoso Offline


Registered: 02/25/03
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Your bud will have no problems running the smaller filter.

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#2230009 - 04/12/11 11:36 AM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
Hallmark Offline


Registered: 10/28/10
Posts: 830
Loc: Pacific Northwest
If Ford specs the FL-910S, use it with confidence and don't worry about a size difference.

For example, the spec filter for 2008 (and earlier) Fusion 3.0 engines is a short, fat FL-820S, but the new spec filter for the same engine in subsequent models (2009-2011) is a slightly taller but much thinner FL-500S.

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#2235768 - 04/18/11 12:45 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: Hallmark]
kwijibo Offline


Registered: 06/04/10
Posts: 85
Loc: MN
Ford did shorten it's filters about a year ago. I believe there's a thread discussing this. I have a 04 Explorer and bought a new filter from Walmart and noticed when I placed the old filter in the new filters box it was about a 1/2 inch to long. The service manager at my local ford dealer confirmed that Ford had shortened the length of it's filters.

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#2235778 - 04/18/11 12:59 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
panthermike Offline


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I believe the STP is just longer, no reason why really.
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#2886032 - 01/27/13 05:32 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: kwijibo]
TallPaul Offline


Registered: 10/22/03
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Loc: By Detroit
Originally Posted By: kwijibo
Ford did shorten it's filters about a year ago. I believe there's a thread discussing this. I have a 04 Explorer and bought a new filter from Walmart and noticed when I placed the old filter in the new filters box it was about a 1/2 inch to long. The service manager at my local ford dealer confirmed that Ford had shortened the length of it's filters.
Yeah, I just noticed the FL400s is about half an inch shorter. I hope they don't shorten the FL1A too.

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#2886058 - 01/27/13 05:53 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
KCJeep Offline


Registered: 06/30/11
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Loc: Mahzurrah!
They shortened the FL-400S but they packed it with media, last one I saw had a whopping 63 pleats in it. Running one now I'll be sure to cut open as well.
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#2886120 - 01/27/13 06:45 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
dinkydau Offline


Registered: 03/12/12
Posts: 92
Loc: RDM Oregon
Either filter will work, the 910s is being back spec to cover where the 400s was used, have read that they will do away with the 400 at some point in time. The longer 400 only holds about 2oz more oil than th 910 so it no big deal other than losing small amount of filtering media DD

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#2886125 - 01/27/13 06:48 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
another Todd Offline


Registered: 05/15/06
Posts: 2134
Loc: Lakeside CA
My vehicles also take a FL-910s but I use the longer FL-400s instead. All the same specs. but longer by about an inch.
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#2886158 - 01/27/13 07:23 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
TallPaul Offline


Registered: 10/22/03
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Loc: By Detroit
On the Aerostar 3.0 I use the big FL1A instead of the specified FL400s. I am hoping my 2001 2.3L Ranger has room for the FL1A. I have a Napa Gold dated October 2011 #1516 (FL400s fit) that is still the longer filter. I wonder if Wix will also shorten them.

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#2886190 - 01/27/13 08:03 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
dinkydau Offline


Registered: 03/12/12
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Loc: RDM Oregon
Yep know what you mean Ive got a Fusion 2.5 and will take the 400 but due to warranty will stay with the 910.
I had a 02 Ranger 2.3 and tried the FL1A on it but had valve train noise on start up so went back to the 400. 02 had the newer 2.3 so dont know if that would be the case with yours.
DD

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#2886806 - 01/28/13 12:04 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: mobilaltima]
another Todd Offline


Registered: 05/15/06
Posts: 2134
Loc: Lakeside CA
I could be wrong but I think the FL1A uses a nitrile ADBV, the smaller filters use silicone and would seal better.
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#2886822 - 01/28/13 12:14 PM Re: 2.3 ford ranger motorcraft filter [Re: another Todd]
KCJeep Offline


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Originally Posted By: another Todd
I could be wrong but I think the FL1A uses a nitrile ADBV, the smaller filters use silicone and would seal better.


Yes it does, you are right. While the FL-1A is a heck of a filter, I get much better start ups with the smaller FL-400S with silicone ADBV.
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