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Diesel Fuel & the Cold Weather.

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Diesel Fuel & the Cold Weather.

Diesel is the most commonly used fuel in heavy duty applications and requires filtering to ensure that any contaminants have been removed before they can cause stoppages, or serious damage resulting in complete failure, to the diesel system components. In-line fuel elements can stop the larger, damaging contaminants such as rust and sediment from the fuel tank entering the fuel system.

Diesel filters are important as they have to protect the fuel pump and injectors not only from abrasive particles but also from minute droplets of water often found in diesel fuel. Injectors and diesel pumps are precision machined components and are very costly to repair or replace. It is much more cost effective to change the filters at their regular service intervals rather than have to pay the cost of even one breakdown repair bill.

You also have to remember that at this time of year water in your fuel (or in any of your machines liquids) can freeze causing damage, blockages and downtime for your engine or machine so its important to maintain water separation from diesel to prevent avoidable issues when the weather is sub zero.

Sterling Filtration offers a range of replacement fuel filter elements and spin on canisters. We can also offer various fuel housings for particulate and water removal and fuel additive for maintenance of your fuel system.

Fuel Filter Maintenance – Know Your Basics.

Best practices for fuel maintenance intervals.

  • Drain water from your primary filter daily when refuelling.
  • Carry a spare set of fuel filters in case you receive a bad load of fuel.
  • Never switch to more open filters to get longer filter life – this will reduce fuel pump and injector life.
  • If using biodiesel, make certain your fuel supplier meets current fuel standards.
  • Ensure that your engine is compatible with the concentration (or percent) biodiesel you wish to use.
  • When using your own fuel tank, remember that removing contaminants before they reach the vehicle is the best. Therefore, it is best to use some type of bulk filtration or filtering funnel (also available from Sterling Filtration Ltd).

Removing water from your hydraulic system.

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If you are running a hydraulic system of any kind it is important that you avoid getting water into your lubricating fluid. Water ingression causes corrosion to your hydraulic system and can lead to breakdowns and long down times for costly repairs. It is essential you take the precautions to safeguard your system by removing water from your hydraulic system.

Prevention is better than cure! Fortunately, Donaldson Filtration have the answer to the problem:

P561183 (Element) & P563268 (Head Assembly)


The SP50/60 spin-on filter is an economical, low-pressure model with a broad selection of media ratings. The die cast aluminium head and steel body ensure strength and durability – perfect for a wide variety of mobile and in-plant applications.


  • Fluid Conditioning Systems
  • In-Plant Systems
  • Mobile Equipment
  • Power Transmissions
  • Process Systems

Donaldson’s mix and match system of in-stock heads and filters allow for a speedy availability. There are a variety of media type and configuration options available and filters are interchangeable with HBK05 filters for added versatility!


  • Strong, durable die-cast aluminium head and steel body construction
  • Filters ship with a 3-seal kit containing “L”, square, and O-ring gaskets
  • Working pressure to: 150 psi/ 10.3 bar
  • Rated static burst to: 250 psi/ 17.2 bar
  • Flow range to: 60 gpm/ 227 lpm

Porting size options:

  • 1-1/4″ NPT
  • SAE-20 O-ring

Bypass ratings of:

  • 25 psi/ 1.7 bar
  • 15 psi/ 1.03 bar
  • 5 psi/ 0.34 bar
  • 2.5 psi/ 0.17 bar
  • No bypass

Available Media Types

  • Donaldson exclusive Synteq™ – synthetic fiber media for greater filtration efficiency and higher dust-holding capacity
  • Natural fibre cellulose
  • Stainless steel wire-mesh
  • Water absorbing media

If you are looking to source a hydraulic housing to remove water from your hydraulic oil, give Sterling Filtration Ltd a call on 01902 491118 for a competitive quote.


Restore/Restore Plus Coolant Cleaners

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Restore/Restore Plus Coolant Cleaners

Once a coolant system is fouled and plugged you will not succeed in removing the “dirt” by flushing with plain water. Fleetguard’s system cleaners Restore and Restore Plus address the variety of cleaning needs. They remove contamination without harming the metal surfaces, gaskets, hoses or plastic parts of a heavy-duty cooling system. Both cleaners work quickly and effectively to solve cooling system problems, saving cost-intensive downtime. Restore is an alkaline-based chelating cleaner particularly effective in cleaning silicate gel. It is also effective in removing oil contamination and solder bloom.

Restore Plus is an acid-based chelating cleaner designed to remove heavy rust and scale deposits. It is better at removal of oil and fuel fouling than alkaline cleaners.

How to use Restore and Restore Plus

  1. Drain the cooling system and dispose of used coolant. Backflush the system.
  1. Immediately add 1 litre of Restore or Restore Plus for each 10-15 litre of cooling system capacity and fill the system with plain water.
  1. Turn heater temperature switch to high to allow maximum coolant flow through heater core. Blower does not need to be turned on.
  1. Run the engine at normal operating temperature for 2 hours.
  1. Drain and flush the system with plain water and change your water filter if applied.
  1. Refill with a fully formulated Coolant (such as Fleetguard ES Compleat)

Cummins Heavy Duty Coolant cleaning fluids are available from Sterling Filtration Ltd. Call today for a competitive quotation. Tel: 01902 491118.

TB1394 – Air Brake Dryer.

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We are currently offering a one time special offer for fifteen units of the air brake dryer TB1394 at the knockdown price of £30.00 per unit.

This filter is the equivalent to:

  • Baldwin – BA5566
  • Donaldson – P951415
  • Knorr Bremse – K005686
  • Knorr Bremse – K014712
  • Knorr Bremse – K039453
  • Mahle – AL26
  • Mann Filter – TB1394/5
  • Renault – 5001865404
  • Renault – 7421267793
  • Schupp – ST1393
  • Volvo – 20754416
  • Volvo – 21267818
  • Wabco – 4329012452

Call now and save yourself a small fortune on your air brake dryer requirements.

This offer is a first-come first-served, whilst stocks lasts, limited offer. So don’t delay, call Sterling Filtration, today.

– 10th March 2017.

Ultra-Web® Cartridge – Donaldson Torit Filters.

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A Genuine Torit-Built® Filter Engineered for Dust Collection

  • Nanofiber layer ensures longest filter life at a significantly lower pressure drop.

  • Substrate media features increased rigidity, higher durability, and superior cleanability.

  • MERV* 13 filtration efficiency rating per ASHRAE 52.2-1999.

  • Start-up efficiency of 99.9% on 0.2-2 μm dust particles reflects highest industry standard (BIA Class M).

  • Superior particle release due to surface filtration.

  • Lightweight and easy to install.

  • Flame retardant media available.

  • Stainless steel construction available.

Above: Ultraweb Media magnified 600x


  • Premium performance on extremely fine, dry, and nonfibrous dust.
  • Durable for more abrasive dust.
  • Outer liner available for most applications.
  • Outer liner removed for agglomerative dust applications.

Call Sterling Filtration on 01902 491118 with your Donaldson Torit filter enquiries.

Duralite Air Cleaners

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ECB, ECC Duralite Air Cleaners. 

The Duralite Air Cleaners are disposable, one-stage, dry air cleaners. They are used on light-duty applications like air compressors, pumps, material handling equipment, propulsion units, breathers, welders, generator sets, lawn vehicles, recreation vehicles and many more. Ideal for high pulsating small engines. They are tough, non-metallic, lightweight, self supporting and completely disposable. They are easy to install, durable, and reliable. They are designed to function well under high and severe pulsation conditions found in many applications, especially two and three cylinder engines. Vibration-resistant media is potted into molded housings of rugged ABS plastic so they don’t fall apart as other designs might.

B085001 ECB 6.2 – 12.0 216 279 76
B085048 ECB 6.2 – 12.0 216 279 76
B085011 ECB 7.4 – 14.0 216 279 102
B085046 ECB 7.4 – 14.0 216 279 102
B085056 ECB 27.0 – 49.0 196 260 152
B100094 ECB 15.0 – 27.0 267 228 102
B105002 ECB 16.0 – 30.0 267 381 127
B105006 ECB 13.0 – 25.0 267 267 102
B105012 ECB 18.0 – 36.0 267 381 127
B120367 ECB 30.0 – 90.0 318 400 198
B125003 ECB 16.0 – 31.0 318 381 153
B125005 ECB 25.0 – 42.0 318 229 140
B125011 ECB 22.0 – 39.0 318 228 127
C045001 ECC 1.4 – 2.7 114 114 38
C045002 ECC 1.8 – 3.4 114 203 38
C055002 ECC 1.9 – 3.6 140 178 45
C055003 ECC 1.5 – 2.9 140 102 45
C055008 ECC 2.0 – 3.9 140 242 45
C065001 ECC 1.7 – 3.2 165 102 51
C065002 ECC 2.6 – 4.9 165 190 51
C065003 ECC 2.5 – 4.8 165 127 57
C065004 ECC 3.3 – 6.2 165 229 57
C065015 ECC 3.0 – 5.6 165 229 51
C065003 ECC 2.5 – 4.8 165 127 57
C065004 ECC 3.3 – 6.2 165 229 57
C085001 ECC 2.7 – 5.1 216 102 64
C085002 ECC 3.4 – 6.3 216 165 64
C085003 ECC 3.6 – 6.7 216 127 76
C085004 ECC 5.0 – 9.6 216 241 76
C105003 ECC 8.7 – 17.0 267 152 102
C105004 ECC 10.5 – 20.0 267 267 102
C125003 ECC 10.0 – 19.0 317 152 127
C125004 ECC 14.0 – 26.5 317 279 127

Pre-line Fuel Filtration Housing.

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Today, diesel vehicles are fitted with the latest high performance fuel injection systems. As a result, fuel filtration must meet far more demanding requirements. Pre-Line is a universal and practical pre-filter system, based on the spin-on filter concept, which provides an ideal, cost-saving retrofit solution.

Features and advantages

  • Use with diesel fuel DIN ISO 590 (5% FAME), DIN 51 628 (7% FAME)
  • Up to 600 l/h volume flow rate
  • Use of multigrade high performance media
  • 93% water separation
  • Modular system with excellent flexibility
  • Easy to service
  • Integrated, effective and easy to handle hand pump with 45 degree position to drain off water and for priming during service
  • Integrated water collector
  • Parallel operation possible with a number of systems

These filter housings from Mann Filter are available from Sterling Filtration Ltd.


Air Filter Servicing, Best Practises, Part 4 of 4.

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  1. Installing RadialSeal™ filters
  • Donaldson RadialSeal filters have a dry lubricant on the seal which aids in installation and removal during air filter servicing. Do not remove the lubricant.
  • No cover pressure is required to hold the seal in place and one should NEVER use the service cover to apply pressure.
  • Forcing a cover could damage the housing, filter and fasteners and void the warranty.
  • If the service cover presses against the filter before the cover is fully in place, remove the cover, push the filter further into the air cleaner by hand and then the cover will go on with no extra force.

  1. Filter service & maintenance records
  • Vehicle and engine manufacturers provide filter maintenance practices for the equipment they sell. Make sure to follow their recommendations for routine filter service. Being able to show/reveal your maintenance records for potential warranty claims is essential.
  • Like all components, air intake systems have evolved and older styles and filters have different maintenance procedures. Make sure your maintenance personnel are familiar with the proper service techniques.
  • Log or track your filter changes. Whether your are going to service by miles, hours or restriction.
  • Many maintenance shops find it helpful to record the date of filter change directly on the filter.
  • If you have to replace an entire air cleaner housing, consider designs that offer improved filtration performance (high efficiency filtration) or enhanced sealing (Donaldson RadialSeal™ housings).


  1. Avoid cross contamination during filter service. When a dirty filter is at its service point — the inlet side of the filter is loaded with contaminant — take these precautions to eliminate contaminant from getting on the outlet side of your new filter or clean sealing surfaces (gaskets or RadialSeal™ end caps).
  • If you wear gloves during service, remove them prior to handling the new filter.
  • If you don’t use gloves, wash or clean your hands before handling the new filter.
  • Keep your new filter in its box until your ready to replace.
  • If product box has layers of contaminant, take care that the contaminant doesn’t get

on the new filter as you remove it from the box.


  1. Inspect the entire air induction system The last step to any air filter service, is to inspect and tighten all air cleaner system connections.
  • Immediately replace or repair any visible holes or damaged components.
  • Inspect all air ducting for worn spots or damage — elbows, connections and seals.
  • Check all clamps, making sure they’re secure and tight.
  • Inspect your pre-cleaners or inlet hoods (if equipped).
  • Annual replacement of air cleaner system gaskets is recommended.
  • Reset manual filter indicators.
  • Record action items taken in your filter service records.

Air Filter Servicing, Best Practises, Part 3 of 4.

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  1. Do not judge the filter’s remaining life by looking at it. A dirty-looking filter may still have plenty of life left.
  • On the other hand, a clean-looking filter can also be deceiving.
  • You can’t see the dirt that’s embedded deep within the filter media, and carbon contamination may not be visible to the eye.
  • One of the best options for lowest filter maintenance costs and best engine protection is to monitor air filter life with a restriction indicator.
  • It’s a low-cost and smart investment.

  1. Don’t ignore a worn or damaged gasket. If your air cleaner has a cover gasket, replace it with a new one when changing filters.
  • Some air cleaners, such as the EBA and ERA models, specifically call for a new gasket with each filter change-out.
  • Never reuse the old one. Replace it according to the service instructions.


  1. Don’t take chances with weatherworn Vacuator™ Valves which can admit dirt instead of expelling it.
  • Replace any missing or damaged Vacuator Valves and any air cleaner fasteners.
  • Make sure the valve is flexible and not inverted, damaged or plugged. Replace it if damaged or if it looks like any of these images. A damaged or missing Vacuator Valve will disrupt the designed flow of air through the air cleaner.


  1. A water manometer is the most accurate method to verify airflow restriction.
  • For testing of initial restriction and confirming remaining filter life, we recommend the greater accuracy of a clock type restriction gauge or water manometer.
  • Use the restriction tap provided on the air cleaner or at the transfer pipe.
  • Replace the filter only when the restriction level has reached the maximum recommended by the engine or equipment manufacturer.
  • Restriction indicators that are mounted on the air cleaner system are recommended for keeping an eye on restriction levels and indicating when servicing is due.

Air Filter Servicing, Best Practises, Part 2 of 4.

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  1. Do not clean a primary or safety filter instead of replacing it.
  • Heavy-duty air filtration manufacturers do not recommend any type of cleaning process to be used on their products.
  • Once an air filter has been cleaned or washed, the Donaldson filter warranty is no longer valid.
  • The dirt holding capacity of a filter is reduced 20 – 40% with each cleaning attempt.
  • There is also the real risk of dirt reaching the clean side of the filter if cleaning is attempted.
  • The risk of filter damage from washing, tapping, high pressure water, or compressed air cleaning is very real.
  • The potential savings from risky attempts at filter cleaning won’t come close to offsetting potential damage to engine components.
  • Increased engine wear and damage is the result of the ingression of contaminant over time.


  1. Don’t use a dented or damaged filter.


  1. Check any intake hoods and pre-cleaner devices during maintenance routines.
  • A missing inlet hood will significantly shorten filter life. If your unit had a hood or pre-cleaner originally, make sure you replace it.
  • Check openings and tubes on pre-cleaners to make sure they are not plugged
  • Replace any units that are damaged. Damaged or dented units will not operate properly.

  1. Never leave an air cleaner open longer than necessary. An open air cleaner with filter removed is a direct entry to the engine.
  • Keep your engine protected during filter changes.
  • Contaminants that are smaller than the eye can see can be damaging to an engine.
  • If the air cleaner housing is not going to be reassembled immediately, be sure to cover the opening.
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