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Old 10-22-2007, 06:06 PM
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97 PSD Problem #1

Well i would like to start out by saying thanks to those helping on my previous threads. I just brought home the 97 PSD f250. Runs great, drives great - but holy shyte... "what is that puddle of diesel soaked in to my driveway". yes.. problem #1:

Leaking Diesel (i did not notice this on the previous test drive - oh well). I poked around, and parden me for my lack of proper terminology: there is a small puddle of diesel located right underneath the turbo - looks like a valley right under the turbo and right behind the plastic "pwerstroke" cover directly in front of the turbo. it is leaking pretty good and is draining down to the oil pan and all the way to the back of the truck while driving (sitting for 30 minutes i have a stain about 1.5 feet long in my driveway).

What gives? I hope this is an easy repair, as i have a long trip planned next week. please advise... thanks in advance
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:21 PM
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Take that cover off and make sure the filter bowl drain isn't leaking. it may have worked its way loose and it could be an o-ring on that. I thought they updated that I am not sure a tech will be along
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:24 PM
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Guess what's right under the turbo?...... the fuel pump. Not saying thats what your leak is, but its something to consider. I'm sure some others with some good info will chime in and help you on you way to fixig it.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:25 PM
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Thanks i will look at that.. i am new to diesels but pretty sure i can find my way around. It looks like it could be anything at this point since it is so wet.. fuel pump?, lines? who knows - i will have to look tomorrow when their is some daylight.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:26 PM
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I am willing to bet its the fuel pump
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:29 PM
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I think it could be the pump.. cause its pretty soggie - funny how i buy something and it immediately wants to take a crap on itself. i will update tomorrow.. much appreciation
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:59 AM
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Well, i sopped up all the diesel in the valley as best i could, drained the fuel valve for good measure. Removed the plastic fuel filter cover housing dealio to get a better visual. Cranked it up and cant see any geysers spewing. I drove around and still no spewing - but there is a puddle in the valley and there is diesel a' drippin. So i suppose it will be the fuel pump eh? Is the fuel pump weep hole visible or can i at least feel around with my finger to see if its leaking?

Whats worse is i may have to take it to FORD (as my time is not allwoing me to do it ). They want 700 bones in a worse case scenario for something that will only cost me a few hundred to do
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The weep hole in on the bottom rear of the pump and is too close to get fingers in there but fuel will drain all the way down the valley. So if you can wash it really good and fire it up and stay there and watch it till you see fuel under the pump running back or if it is starting at the front of the motor.
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MY 2 C : I'll bet its the "O" rings on the FF housing:: Im not big fann of pump laking snerio, That is most common on these engines .. Now im not ruling out hte pump however that is my last choice.... Good luck 2 you Bill
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ther drain valve on a 97 model doesnt have the o-ring oproblem that the newer models have and your problem is probably the fuel pump, the only other thing you can look at is the vacuum switch on the side or some are in the bottom of the filter housing , they are bad for leaking also on that model, the vacuum switch has a single wire going to it and will leak fuel out the end from around the connector
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