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Old 03-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Smile Oil filter for Cat 3126e

Is there a suitable substitute? Been using only Cat filters so far, but dont want to drive the 60 miles to the Cat dealer. Napa store 1 mile away.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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Baldwin, Donaldson, and Alliance (Freightliner) among others, all have filters that "fit" your engine. How they compare might be a different issue.

The only problem that I had with my old 3126 was an oil leak at the filter adapter to block. I happened to have a Baldwin filter at the time. Not directly connected, but who knows?
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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Truckers I've talked to all have different opinions as this old thread in a truckers forum I've had bookmarked for a long time kind of illustrates:

Are Cat filters worth the $???

I'm one who subscribes to the theory of using one of the name-brand filters and changing them often. I'm not sure if CAT branded filters are worth the extra money or not as there seems to be a lot of varying information out there.

I've got a Hastings on mine right now. One post in that thread says that Donaldson makes CAT filters but I'm not sure if that's right or not.

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
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I stick with the engine manufacturers filters. If there's a problem it's one less thing they can point their fingers at. Even after they're out of warranty I continue to do the same. Filters and oil are cheap compared to a rebuild.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:13 PM   #5
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I order from rvchassisparts.com for all my filters. they come like lightning too.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #6
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The cat dealer could ship it to you for a few bucks more. Cheaper than 120 mile round trip. Good Miles
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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Cat Filters

I have worked on many 3126 3116 and cummins over the last 25 years. I like to run the factory filters when I can. But there are alot of alternitives. Napa is a good filter. Built by Wix Also carquest filters are built by wix. Baldwin is also a great filter. Just buy a premuim filter. There are meany levels of the same filter. Some are just built better. Keep the oil changed with a good oil and do it often. On fuel filters I also like to run the factory ones but I also like alliance and racor also Baldwin. Well I hope this helps. Good luck on your project.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #8
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I stick with the engine manufacturers filters. If there's a problem it's one less thing they can point their fingers at. Even after they're out of warranty I continue to do the same. Filters and oil are cheap compared to a rebuild.
This is my sentiment exactly. You can buy a OEM filter or save $15 per annual oil change by buying a Billy Bob filter. I also do an annual oil sample test so I will know if anything bad is happening.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:42 AM   #9
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I've had good luck ordering from these guys:

PN: 1R-1807 - Caterpillar Oil Filter - Advanced High Efficiency, Cat Oil Filters, Cat Filters, Cat Oil Filter, Caterpillar Filters, Caterpillar Oil Filters, Caterpillar Oil Filter

Reasonable price and quick service. I got Cat oil and both fuel filters from them.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #10
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I've had good luck ordering from these guys:

PN: 1R-1807 - Caterpillar Oil Filter - Advanced High Efficiency, Cat Oil Filters, Cat Filters, Cat Oil Filter, Caterpillar Filters, Caterpillar Oil Filters, Caterpillar Oil Filter

Reasonable price and quick service. I got Cat oil and both fuel filters from them.
Thanks gfs1943, Ordered 1R-1807's from that site. Got two plus shipping for slightly more than my NAPA store quoted me for their best filter. Saved a 60 mile drive to boot. Great Advice
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #11
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Cat Filters

Like others have said: it is not worth the risk to use anything other than a Cat filter on a cat. I apply the same logic to all of my engines. Ford, Honda, Cummins, and Cat.

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:35 AM   #12
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My two Cents

I only have a certified Cat dealer make any repairs to our 2000 winn UA 40J, I use Quinn Cat in Selma CA, Oil, Filter, Both Fuel filters lube all fittings and a general inspection for $240.00 out the door or you could use some yahoo for $60.00 plus an hr to work on your rig I myself need the piece of mind when I'm going down the road and yes the labor rate at Quinn is $100.00 per hr. but they did the work in an hr instead of jerking you around like some many other repair shops. When I first purchased the 40J I had a local RV shop do the same as above and a oil change on the generator is was $740 and all day I learned my lesson the hard way have a certified Cat dealer make repairs it may look like alot at the time but cheaper in the long run.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:17 PM   #13
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Think of this as such.Use cat filters for a cat. Believe it or not,they are Cheaper than Fleetgard and the rest of them. I had one and I have a towing business and my Flatbed has a Cat in it. The filtration is second to none. I believe in them.
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