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Help! Ran out of fuel and won't start

Hi, I have a small ambulance company and one of our employees ran out of fuel in one of our ambulances. It is a 95 7.3l e-350. We cannot get it started. We poured at least 8 gallons in and it is filling up the filter because if I drain it, diesel pours out. It turns over fine, but will not crank. Also since this built on the van chassis it is very difficult to get to anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated, we need to get this back on the road as soon as possible. Thanks very much.
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insted of ether try a little wd-40

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We have tried both, I have used a little ether but I don't want to damage anything. On ether it will run off of it for a second or two but won't start. The WD-40 didn't seem to do anything. Thanks for your help.
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neighbor had same problem ran out of fuel, ford mechanic working off duty said it is a injector pump. lots $$$$$ 500.00 range.
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Change the filter, could be full of all the crud that was in the bottom of the tank.

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Make sure your batteries are topped so you have full voltage. You may need to open the schrader valve on the fuel pressure regulator to help bleed off some of the air faster. I had to do this when I changed out my fuel pump. If you open the valve with someone cranking and you get no fuel out then I would suspect that you have a failure on the high pressure side of the fuel pump.

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From my own expierience, I have seen people run one out of fuel before and have had to bleed all the injectors, the way they did it was crack one open at a time and crank it over, and when fuel started to come out go to the next one. Hope this helps

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You shouldn't have any air problems in the PSD. If the fuel filter does not fix it, let us know. Check all the fuses also, if you have pulled the filter, the fuel heater may have worked loose and shorted.

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Well, I changed the fuel filter and it's still not starting. The batteries are good and I also changed the cam position sensor since everyone has trouble with them. There is fuel coming out of the schrader valve. I have no Idea where to go next. Thanks for all of the help.
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Well, I changed the fuel filter and it's still not starting. The batteries are good and I also changed the cam position sensor since everyone has trouble with them. There is fuel coming out of the schrader valve. I have no Idea where to go next. Thanks for all of the help.
Very odd
Are you sure it ran out of fuel? You must have some other trouble. Is there oil in the hpop reservoir? Have you checked all the fuses, looked for frayed wires?

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My baby is a one of a kind.
1977 I bought a new 76 F150 club cab.
Sitting on a 84 F350 6.9 4X4 chassis
With all the drive train and goodies from a 95 4X4 4door PSD.
Nothing stock left on her and not a nut, bolt, hose, or wire on there that I didn't put where it is.

The Wifes Ride:
2002 Excursion Limited 7.3 PSD

Themo King/Mikuni coolant heaters on both to keep things toasty without idling.
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