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Old 07-27-2010, 03:23 PM
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Hole in the fuel bowl...

I was driving home last night and noticed my fuel gauge heading toward "E" a lot faster than normal. After about 2-3 minutes I lost 1/4 tank so I figured I should pull off the highway and see what misery this old Ford had in mind for me next.

Fuel was pouring from the top side of the engine...fast too. I just took it apart and found a hole in the bottom of the fuel bowl. Its not a crack, its a small pinhole, it looks like it deteriorated or something from the inside and finally ate through the fuel bowl. WTF???

Now what? Do they make these things any more? I like this old truck but that is the first time I have ever been left stranded on a trip. Might be time for a new target at the end of my property.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:02 PM
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I saw this once before when I was in tech school. A classmate of mine had this same thing happen to him. (His was a 96 that he had just bought from some shaddy car lot.) But I don't remember what we decided caused it to happen. It could be corrosion from water that didn't get drained out of the water separator. The other reason for this to happen is the heater wire in the bottom of the bowl broke loose and shorted out and burned through the housing.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:09 PM
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The heater wire looks good, corrosion and solid Ford engineering are the only things I can think of as a cause. I guess I cant complain too much its 16 years old with 250k on it.

I dont think these can be repaired, if anyone knows this or knows someone who has one they are willing to part with it would help a lot.

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Old 07-27-2010, 05:24 PM
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The heater wire looks good, corrosion and solid Ford engineering are the only things I can think of as a cause. I guess I cant complain too much its 16 years old with 250k on it.

I dont think these can be repaired, if anyone knows this or knows someone who has one they are willing to part with it would help a lot.

Thanks.
You can still get them or you could just do a fuel bowl delete. Not exactly sure what all is needed to delete it but I know you can.
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Picked up a new fuel bowl assembly from Park Cities here in Dallas today. Very expensive part $500 + tax. The sad thing was I had to call 3 dealerships before I got a parts guy smart enough to find the part number for it to order it in (actually they had one in stock...I went to pick it up but the fuel heater was missing from it so he ordered one in for me). The first two dealerships I called said the part was no longer available....

Fuel bowl delete kit would have been nice but the timing and work involved put the brakes on that.
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