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Old 04-03-2013, 08:15 PM
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Unhappy friend swapped to empty 2nd tank and truck ran for about 10 miles then shut down?

My buddy was using my 94 powerstroke 7.3 and he went to turn the lights on but hit the second tank button like a dumb a*% and it had no fuel in it and he said it ran for about 10 miles then shut off what all should I do and or check to find out what's wrong with it this is my first diesel truck and I'm stressing out
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:26 PM
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switch it back to tank with fuel in it, put fuel in the fuel filter by removing it,filling it up and screwing it back on and if your lucky it will crank up, it may take a good bit of turning over and pating the fuel petal to get it to crank and will run like crap for a bit until air gets out of lines..
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Fill the bowl and be happy its a mechanical fuel pump.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:38 PM
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But if it ran for a few miles could it of fouledan injector or ruined the pump?
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Its possible however check out all the easy stuff first. Just about any diesel will be a pain to start when the fuel system took on air, just like when changing a fuel filter.

I would fill both tank atleast 1/4 of the way full, change the fuel filter and bowl, crank on rear tank for maybe 10 seconds, then front, possibly back and front tank once more to make sure the air is out of the selector valve. Then purge at the valve on the fuel pump until air the air is out and there is a steady stream of fuel, then try to start again. Avoid ether at all costs.

There is probably a different/better method, this idea was based off fuel issues I had with my 6.5 but its worth a shot.
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its not likely that you fouled an injector or ruined the pump, it didnt run a few miles with no fuel going to them, it obviously had a little in the tank to start with, its just gonna bit a bit of a pain to get it to start back most likely, just do what 2500 was sayin' and you should be fine
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