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Old 02-19-2008, 12:50 PM
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Water in fuel

Got water in fuel as result of condensate in a near empty tank. I've changed the fuel filter and added injector cleaner. After about 30 miles of driving with frequent purges of the fuel filter reservoir I'm seeing occasional engine stalls--no complete shutdowns. My question is, could the injectors, or anything else for that matter, have been damaged as a result of this?

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Old 02-20-2008, 12:04 AM
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MY best guess is no. But if your really worried about the amout of contamination drop the tank and dump it out. open the line at the filter housing and backflush it with air pressure. reinstall the tank and make sure you connection are correctly tighten and sealed. refill the tank with known clean fuel and add stabile to the tank. Reinstall lines to the filter and pull your filter and turn the key to run in short burst to insure the tank pump is pushing fuel to the front. snug up the filter and fire it up. It may fun ratty for a few moments if water has gotten beyond the filter. fresh fuel will work its way to the injectors in a few moments and should level out and idle smoothly. I have seen a 7.3 get a load of bad fuel and tried to ignite the hydrated diesel sound ugly as it is throwing white smoke/steam out the back. If the water is a scant amount it should burn through and be okay. Good luck!
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