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So trying to make a long story short, it was a nice Sunday, decided to change the fuel filters on my rig. went to do the fuel/water separator first... followed the instructions on the filter and the service manual which says not to prefill the filters. Fired it up, ran for about 1-2 minutes, then it choked out and died. WTF! did a bunch of reading online and seems like the general consensus is to prefill the damn filter. cranked the thing over and over with no luck. decided to do the 2nd filter which is the cat brand 2 micron filter, pulled the old one off and saw that it was only about 1/4 full of fuel (which definitely makes me think there is air in the lines). I prefilled that filter, dropped the separator filter and prefilled that. Installed it all, and still no luck. I must have cranked the thing about 15+ times? for about 30 seconds each time... with breaks in between to let the starter cool down... believe it or not, this is part of CATs instructions when you encounter this problem. Tried to have the wife pressurize the fuel tank with air, while I cranked... no luck. went to the cat dealer this morning and bought the hand primer pump that goes on top of the secondary filter on the motor... hoping I have enough room to actually use the thing. wish me luck! on a side note... my old water/fuel separator had barely any liquid down in the clear bowl when I removed it. when I put the new one in... it quickly filled with fuel. I thought something was wrong, but from researching it sounds like this is normal?? any idea why my old one had nothing in the bowl?