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Glad to have found this thread. I'm having the exact same issue it seems. Looking for some advise.
My problem started 6 days ago. I started my truck and let it warm up for about 5 minutes. Started just fine, nothing out of the ordinary. It ran for about 5 minutes. As I was opening the door to jump in and drive away, the engine just died. No sputtering, it just shut off, just like I would taking out the key.
I tried to start the truck again, it cranked and cranked but never turned over. I noticed that my 'wait to start' light wasn't coming on. Thought that was strange. I did some searching on other threads here in the forums and found out that it could be due to a shorting fuel bowl heater. Looked under the hood where the fuses are. The #22 30amp fuse was popped.
I went got 2 30amp fuses to replace. I figured I'd try a new fuse w/o doing anything else. I put it in, truck started normally. Drove about 2 miles down the road, sure enough, thing just dies approaching an intersection. I put in the 2nd fuse and got it home.
At this point I believed this was due to the fuel bowl heater since I popped the fuse again. I unplugged what I believe was the fuel bowl heater wire (near the top of the fuel bowl/filter, plug on the drivers side of the bowl). After I unplugged it, I replaced the fuse once more just to be sure. Started the truck up, and it ran with no issue for over 75 miles. Seems like I had found the issue.
Until this morning. Went to start up the truck. This time the 'wait to start' light came on only for a split second. Sure enough though, tried to start it, but only would crank, wouldn't turn over. Put one more 30amp fuse in and again, tried to start and the 'wait to start' light came on only for a split second.
So, I thought I had narrowed down the issue but now am not so sure. My thinking is either I unplugged the wrong connection wire on the fuel bowl, or something else is going popping the fuse. I thought about putting in a 35amp fuse in but haven't because I'm afraid it would cause damage if I do.