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Old 03-01-2009, 05:42 AM
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Gelled up yesterday

I couldnt believe it...

It was only -6 and I got out on the highway and made it 11 miles and the diesel gelled.

I am anal about putting the right amount of treatment in the tank when I fill, I fill up at the same place every day, and we (everyone at work, about 35 trucks), fill up at the one store.

I am not worried about that though, I got it back to the shop and changed the filters and I am good to go.

The main question I have is, what is the trick to getting that thing to start faster after you change the fuel filters? It took about 1/2 Hr yesterday to get it running. It has always been hard starting after a filter change but it seems to be getting worse.

Any advice/tips?
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:50 AM
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I couldnt believe it...

It was only -6 and I got out on the highway and made it 11 miles and the diesel gelled.

I am anal about putting the right amount of treatment in the tank when I fill, I fill up at the same place every day, and we (everyone at work, about 35 trucks), fill up at the one store.

I am not worried about that though, I got it back to the shop and changed the filters and I am good to go.

The main question I have is, what is the trick to getting that thing to start faster after you change the fuel filters? It took about 1/2 Hr yesterday to get it running. It has always been hard starting after a filter change but it seems to be getting worse.

Any advice/tips?

Did you let the truck warm up before you took off at -6. I have drove mine at -13 so far this winter. I too am anal about the right amount of additive. I use the Ford anit-gel about 6 ounces per tank....4 ounces treat 25 gal, so 2 more would treat 37.5. I still let it warm up till the temp gauge is half from normal before I take off with it. As for the starting after fuel filter change...in the owners manual, there is a procedure for bleeding the air from the fuel system....sometimes this process has to be done more than once. I don't think it would hurt to drain off from the water seperator as well...just incase there is a little water there. I let the dealer do my filters...I let them do all the service on it. That way all of my service is recorded offically...better trade in value is what I am after. I hope this helps
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:55 AM
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Yes I let it warm up, everyday, even in the summer.

It ran fine when the temps around here dropped into the -30 range, and it was conditioned the same.

I will look through the owners manual for the procedure for bleeding air.

As far as having the dealership service it, the company i work for pays me for the upkeep on the pickup, so I service it, unless it is inthe shop for repair already, I keep track of everything that is done to the pickup in a little book that I keep in the center console, down to rotating the tires.
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i've read that you give it a few key/pump cycles to prime the bowl.

-just like you're glowing it. you'll hear the fuel pump ticking (pumping). let that pump till it stops 2 or 3 times before trying to start it.

after my last filter change i did this and it fired right up after the 3rd pump cycle.

hope that helps/is what you were looking for.
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:23 AM
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I tried that too, ALOT, and I even took the top filter back out and filled the bowl manually and it still took another 10 minutes.

Maybe next time, (next month), I will fill the bowl, then cycle the pump a few times?
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