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post #1 of 18 Old 05-19-2011, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. First I am driving a 2011 f350 crew cab lariat short box diesel. Two days ago a "low fuel pressure" warning came on on my dash. I phoned ford right away to see when they could look at it. They said the next morning. Okay I said see ya then. On my way into ford the next morning of course the warning didn't come back on but as I got close to the dealer I smelt diesel. Very strongly. But I was only a few mins from there so I kept going. I pulled up right in front of the service doors and shut the truck off hopped out and noticed right away my truck was literally spraying diesel underneath the hood from somewhere and alll over under my truck and onto the ground. WTF I thought. So fast forwarding a bit. It was the fuel pressure sensor that failed and will be. A couple days to wait for parts. So there goes may long. F#CK. Soooo any opinions on how dangerous this actually was. Has this happened to anyone else. I know diesel is harder than gas to ignite but would u say I got lucky there wasn't an explosion? Opinions thoughts?
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On my '01 Dodge I had a loose injector connection that was spraying fuel onto the block. Could have started a fire, wouldn't have exploded unless I added gasoline or pressurized the leak by putting it in the piston.

You might have been using up an extinguisher but not worrying about shrapnel IMHO.

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Like Nthorseman said, diesel won't combust if it's not under extreme pressure. Sure it'll burn real slow but even that requires a significant amount of heat. Sorry to hear about what happened though.

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Unless your motor was running insanely hot (above 410 deg F) the diesel will not auto-ignite. That is, just light on fire due to the heat. Its not good to be leaking diesel, but nothing should be exploding!


heres the link, scroll down and you will see the table with flash points and auto-ignite values.
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I had a loose injector on my 03 Dodge and I sprayed people following me for about 15 miles before somebody said something. The part that sucked was the smell of diesel for about a month after it was fixed. I think they forgot to put an O-ring around one of the injectors.
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Any update on what came of this? I just got mine yesterday, and it is doing the same thing.

Reading online everything points to a loose line or cracked seal that should be easy to replace. If the injectors are tossing fuel, I'm having them take the truck back.....
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Yes actually. I took my truck back and got a different one. The dealer did fix it before I was done with the papers. Fuel line has a one time use clip going into the passenger side of the motor.

They replaced the entire fuel line, which fixed the leak (allegedly).

I didn't care at that point to ask more questions, since I was getting another, and having to reseal my asphalt driveway after the stains it left me.
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Yes actually. I took my truck back and got a different one. The dealer did fix it before I was done with the papers. Fuel line has a one time use clip going into the passenger side of the motor.

They replaced the entire fuel line, which fixed the leak (allegedly).

I didn't care at that point to ask more questions, since I was getting another, and having to reseal my asphalt driveway after the stains it left me.
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I love it. It's still in learning mode, and the shift points are different than my 6.4 (my 6.4 never downshifted around the hills in my area). The new 6.7 floats a bit between gears, but I will get used to it.

Haven't really pulled my boat other than a 12 mile trip to the local lake one last time for the year, so don't have a feel for it on the highway.

The seats are nicer, the steering is a bit differing (tighter turning radius) and the acceleration is better.

I am averaging 17.1 on the lie ometer over the first 1k miles so...... it's a win so far.

I will tell you though, I had a hell of an experience after the first one dropped fuel on the ground, then trying to get the truck towed back on a Sunday and replacing the truck over a holiday. It was 4 days total that I want back, but never will. Something I will keep in mind the next time I get a new truck.
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