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Old 12-02-2010, 07:37 AM
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Driaing the fuel water separator

Draining^ in the title.

When I drain my fuel water separator it just drops about a drop a second with absolutely no water in it.
I have read about people saying you may have to remove it and clean it that crud may build up inside.
How does everyone elses drain? Does it stream out? Is it ever a noticeable amount of water?
Ford just replaced the filters about 5,000 miles ago.
Now my light is coming on and I am starting to wonder if it's the sensor or if it's trapped in there.
Thanks for the help.

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Old 12-02-2010, 07:50 AM
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mine was a small steady stream, i drained almost a gallon of fuel into a bucket to make sure i got all the junk out and i could deff see the water seperate and the dirt.
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I usually get a steady flow of liquid when I take out the plug.

It does sound like you should try and give a good clean. Take a look at this pic to kind of get an idea. Been told its easy, take out screws clean and put back together.

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Mine dribbles very slowly.

I attached a rubber hose to the drain nipple to make it easier and less messy, but last time there was also fuel running down over the hose when I opened it. I'll have to look into that cleaning procedure.

I suspect that water in the fuel tends to occur from condensation in the fuel tank alone. Depending on your environment you may collect very little or a lot of water.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:47 PM
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I ask because my light keeps coming on and I get zero water out of it.
I hate to bring it to the dealership for just this.
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It's better to bring it back to the dealer than have your fuel system go out. This can cost up $11,000.00 if water gets past the filter. The dealer changed the filters so documentation is important.
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If you have any doughts just take it to the dealer, a friend of mine had the pump replaced under warrenty for the same reason.
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Mine does this in the winter because of the cold weather and what little water that is in there is gelled up blocking the drain. I will either wait for a warmer day, or hit it with a very quick burst of compressed air (learned this from the dealer), just be ready to take a bath. I usually turn my air feed down to 20 psi, and I mean a very short burst...
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Mine drained very slowly when I first got the truck (used w 40k miles). So I changed the fuel filters drove for a month or so and drained again. Still drained really slowly. Shot some brake parts cleaner up the hole, a bunch of dirt/debris and water came out. Now it drains like a champ , wil fill up a 20oz bottle in like 5 seconds.
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Mine shoots a solid stream out, but I have never seen the first bit of water, never did in my old 6.0 either.
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