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Old 11-30-2009, 06:40 PM
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Fuel Bowl heater?

Ok, 1996 Powerstroke. Fuel bowl heater? What is it? Sorry if its a dumb question, pretty new to diesel, but i've never heard of it. My girlfriend had new glow plugs and a relay put in it for my birthday this year, (damn fine gal) and the mechanic said something about it needin a fuel bowl heater...

any help would be greatly appriciated.

thanks guys
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:57 PM
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Part numbers below. Real easy to replace. Next time you change the fuel filter the heater will be underneath the filter. 7/8" crows foot and a pair of needle nose pliers are all the tools you'll need. The black pedestal in the middle of the bowl is a left handed thread IIRC. Remove the pedestal. The heater will now be free to be replaced. Install is the reverse.

Fuel Heater Element;
(Ford) F5TZ-9J294-A (94-97)
(International) 1825186C91 (94-97)
(Ford) F81Z-9J294-AA (98-02) Heavy duty, Can be made to fit 94-97, (International) 1831196C92 (98-02) Heavy duty, Can be made to fit 94-97,
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:57 PM
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towards the front of the motor in the valley, under the plastic cover is the fuel filter housing, the fuel heater is in the bottom of the fuel filter housing, the fuel filter has to be pulled to do and it only takes about 20 minutes not even to change out. i bought one from ford for 60 dollars so its not to bad!
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:07 PM
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Damn. Sweet deal.
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What are the parameters that cause it to come on?
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:20 AM
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i hear you dont need it, espicialyl for the poblems it can cause. many people unplug it. ive been told this by people in wisconsin area where it gets cold too. i would like to see som epoepl up north chime in, at what poitn do you need this thing?
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:12 AM
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Not sure about that one. I know it can get cold in Wisconsin, Minesota, etc. When I lived in Nh. before, there was a 3 month stretch, where it didn't get above -40F (before wind chill factor). I would imagine that once you drop into the negative numbers, then the fuel bowl heater might become helpful. (though it would be tough to actually discern how helpful it is, unless you need it and don't have it, and then need it and do have it. (does that make sense? )

All in all, when it gets COLD out, it can't hurt to have it.

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Old 12-01-2009, 10:16 AM
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i woudl think at those temps you would need it to keep the filter from crystalizing. but i have heard otherwise. i cant seem to find a good D2 temp chart anywhere. if mine ever break ill just unplug it. we hit -10 about 3 days a year at most.
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:33 AM
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Im in new jersey, and last year about this time mine burnt out and my truck shut down on the side of the road, i had to have i towed only it find out what the problem was it shorted out a $1 fuse. so i just cut the element out. its been fine for that whole winter, and hopefully thjis one too
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If you keep the block heater on when its cold out, you shouldnt really need it. Its nice when your not near any plugs tho its easy to fix if ever breaks and pretty cheap too. If you remove the dummy spring in the tube inside the filter housing you can get a little less restriction..... Dont be a dummy and not run a filter tho. Youll screw up your injectors faster than you can blink
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