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Unhappy Help! Truck ran out of fuel..

So i'm pretty new to the diesel world..
but, I've heard its pretty bad to let a diesel run out of fuel..

The truck was pretty low on fuel, on both tanks, had it running on the front.
I started it up to let the truck cool off on the inside (This dang Texas humidity and heat ) then went back inside for 5 minutes..
I came back outside and the truck was off, like it died or something.
I put about 5 gallons of fuel in and still nothing.
Before I put the fuel in, the truck did fire up but kinda bogged out.

So what should I do? I really don't wanna get this thing towed.
Also about a month ago I had the fuel pump replaced due to a leak so its basically new.. If that helps..
I've been reading stuff about adding fuel to the fuel bowl, filter etc..
Also using WD-40 somewhere..
I have no idea where the bowl or filter is..

Help a rookie out!

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Even though this is posted under the OBS section.
The truck is a 1996 7.3 PSD obviously.
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The filter and bowl should be under the engine cover. The piece of plastic that says powerstroke on it.
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NO WD40 or anything. You have air in the lines, you need to crank until you get the air out since your pump runs off your camshaft.
I'd put more than just 5gals in the tank to make sure you don't keep pumping air.
You could pull off your fuel filter, fill it with diesel, and put the filter back in and try that a few time to help it run half way until it gets the air out.



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NO WD40 or anything. You have air in the lines, you need to crank until you get the air out since your pump runs off your camshaft.
I'd put more than just 5gals in the tank to make sure you don't keep pumping air.
You could pull off your fuel filter, fill it with diesel, and put the filter back in and try that a few time to help it run half way until it gets the air out.
Okay I'll do that.. So just keep cranking until it fires up?
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Yes but don't burn up the starter.



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Also purge the air in the shrader valve too, it should have a cap on it rite next to the bowl

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keep cranking , then let the starter cool off , then keep trying i have put less then a gallon in my truck when it ran out and it started so 5 gallons is plenty , make sure your pulling from the tank that has fuel in it

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You won't find "Powerstroke" on the engine cover. But it's under there anyway. Large cylindrical thing, closest to the front, with a cap. Unscrew and pour some fuel into it. If you have the kind of filter that stays attached to the cap when you remove it, don't fill the bowl all the way, as the filter will displace it and make it spill out when you replace it.

(Excuse me saying this, but our trucks have dual tanks for the precise purpose of preventing this from happening....)
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I ran mine out put a little diesel in the tank maybe just a gallon or two cranked it a couple times puffed out a cloud of smoke and was runnin again.
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