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Old 10-18-2011, 07:52 AM
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Fuel heater in bowl question

Few months back I changed the fuel filter. It was very dirty and I noticed the fuel heater at the bottom was falling apart but I just stuck the filter on and moved on. Saw on a thread it can short out.......is it ok to just remove it or should I repair/buy a new one?

I'm in NJ so the winter can get kinda cold but this isn't my daily driver. The truck also has a block heater.....just got a o-ring kit and the plan is to take care of any issues now before a problem starts.
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I gotta do the same to mine... Im hopeing its not to bad. Where can you get the filter and coil? This is going to be my plow truck so will be running most of the winter.

Sorry to hi jack lol


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Everything I've read indicates that modern fuel doesn't need that heater (remember, this system was designed in the early '90s). For added peace of mind, throw in a winter additive like Power Service white-bottle.
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I already box 1 box of each for the winter while plowing... 1 box of the white, 1 box of silver, and one box of red...


Can i get the filter at any auto part store?
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The solder joints of the element become loose and short out on the bowl.I just cut the ring and threw it away and disconnected the feed wire .You can get an improved heater,but most just forget it
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Here's the part numbers for the various fuel heaters if needed:

Fuel Heater Element
Old Style: (Ford) F5TZ-9J294-A (94-97), (International) 1825186C91 (may not work, need to check)
New Style: (Ford) F81Z-9J294-AA, (International) 1831196C92, (Dorman) 904-210
(requires some mods to fuel bowl)

I've heard that the Dorman 904-210 (SuperDuty style) will fit without having to mod the fuel bowl (the factory one requires the mod). Cheers!
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I just wired up a coat hanger, I unwound it and put one end in the bowl and the other down by the frame. I mounted a blow torch to the frame that heats the hanger.. It's a great mod IMO..
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I just wired up a coat hanger, I unwound it and put one end in the bowl and the other down by the frame. I mounted a blow torch to the frame that heats the hanger.. It's a great mod IMO..
Damnit, Why didnt i think of that


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I just wired up a coat hanger, I unwound it and put one end in the bowl and the other down by the frame. I mounted a blow torch to the frame that heats the hanger.. It's a great mod IMO..
Are you selling these as a kit by any chance?
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Are you selling these as a kit by any chance?

great idea... Ill fab up some brackets on my CnC machine and get back to you guys!
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