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post #1 of 18 Old 09-22-2009, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ran out of fuel now no start

Well I'm an idiot and was trusting my gauges to tell me that I still had 40 miles to go but ran out. I was on the highway and had just engaged the cruise control. It just died. I can only guess that I ran out of gas. I called Spartan and they told me that no one has had a problem with the 275 tune.

I've since put in 7 gallons of diesel and no start. It cranks but no start. I've tried cycling the key for 30 second intervals to re-build pressure like the manual says.

Truck = 2008 F250 6.4 auto 4x4
Mods = doc delete, dpf delete, spartan 275, green filter

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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my guess is there is air in the lines. Get a charger on them batteries. crank for a few let the starter rest crank etc just dont drain ur batteries when it does start it is hard on the alt to recharge the batteries

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do you have to bleed the 6.4 fuel system if you run it out of diesel?

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a thought- Does the 6.4 have a fuel filter on top like the 6.0? If so, open it it up so that the fuel system is open, turn the key on, do not start and let fuel flow until it fills the housing. put the cap back on and then it'll start shortly there after. That what works on a 6.0, I know the 6.4 is a different beast, but maybe its close enough to help you some.

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I have done the same damn thing.Computer said I had 50 miles left but WRONG damn thing died.Had to go get 5 gallons ended up cycle the key ATLEAST 30 times if not more.I didn't attempt to crank till I cycled the key and she fired right up.I would pull the fuel filter and see if you have fuel there.

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Good ideas...thanks..

I am not by the truck now so I had to leave it on the side of the road.. haha Found On Roadside Dead seems to apply here.

I will try checking the upper fuel filter for fuel..and priming priming priming. It is tempting to use a small shot of ether or wd-40 but I am learning that that could cause big problems. It seems to be risky but could provide a big payoff if it starts.
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if you open the filter up just fill the bowl with fuel then try firing the motor after you get the filter back in ofcourse

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Maybe a dumb question (go easy on me I've only had the truck 2 weeks) but do the 6.4's have a primer bulb on them?
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Well problem solved and it was indeed air in the fuel lines. There is a schrader valve adjacent to the under hood fuel filter with a grey cap. I purchased 6 feet of clear 1/2" tubing, removed the schrader valve, attached the tubing to the valve, and cycled the key until the air / foam all came out and it was just fuel. After the air was all gone it did start but was running really rough and throwing all kinds of codes. I drove it for about
10-15 minutes, cleared the codes, and it seems that all is well again.

What a pain in the a$$ though! I was cursing this rig up and down. I am sure that I am not the first idiot to run out of gas in a diesel. Damned if it wasn't hard to get re-started.

Thanks for the constructive (and quick) replies.
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ether is just bad bad bad on a GP diesel truck without disabling the GP'S.

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