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Old 04-14-2010, 09:10 AM
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Fuel Bowl Heater delete? Yes/No?

I gutted the lil pipe in the fuel bowl of its parts that wont let you run the truck without a filter but what I wanna know is if it's safe to remove the heater or not and if it's needed or not?

Are there any advantages or disadvantages to keeping or removing the heater in the fuel bowl?
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Not unless your in a severely cold area. The main reason ford added things like the fuel greater and the intake sir heater was to shore the ambulance contract. The vehicles had to be able to endure cold that could knock your teeth out and these heaters were their answer. I live in Colorado and when WHEN it gets cold enough to gel diesel, I always see it happen in the tank. Thank God for Fahrenheit 911

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The Fuel Bowl Heater is on the same circuit as the PCM, it's left me stranded a couple times ... I'd say pull/unplug it if you can.

As it was explained to me by a semi mechanic the better fuel circulation you have the less chance of gelling, he's had more Cat engines gell than similar Cummins because of this.

The OEM system has terrible fuel circulation so they put the heater in to try and solve the issue.

When I did my whole RR kit (Complete fuel bowl delete) the lines run close enough to the head to warm up the diesel to the point after 30mins or so my whole fuel tank is warm/hot, I just installed it this summer but I don't see it gelling any time soon.

PowerService 911 additive has saved my but though... -20*f on straight #2 with about a quart in a half tank.. it got me to a station that had #1... haha




bdtribble: The Air Intake Heater is purely emissions, it was designed to reduce the amount of white smoke at start-up. It only is on for 30mins IF: air temp is below 30*F, the glow plugs are off, the engine is at idle, and the parking brake is on..

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The Fuel Bowl Heater is on the same circuit as the PCM, it's left me stranded a couple times ... I'd say pull/unplug it if you can.

As it was explained to me by a semi mechanic the better fuel circulation you have the less chance of gelling, he's had more Cat engines gell than similar Cummins because of this.

The OEM system has terrible fuel circulation so they put the heater in to try and solve the issue.

When I did my whole RR kit (Complete fuel bowl delete) the lines run close enough to the head to warm up the diesel to the point after 30mins or so my whole fuel tank is warm/hot, I just installed it this summer but I don't see it gelling any time soon.

PowerService 911 additive has saved my but though... -20*f on straight #2 with about a quart in a half tank.. it got me to a station that had #1... haha




bdtribble: The Air Intake Heater is purely emissions, it was designed to reduce the amount of white smoke at start-up. It only is on for 30mins IF: air temp is below 30*F, the glow plugs are off, the engine is at idle, and the parking brake is on..
It's really only on with the parking brake? I had no idea. I was told that by a good factory trained tech years ago and just held onto it. And I remember the days of #1 and #2. Good times

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These are the parameters that need to be met before it will activate. It will not come on unless all of these are met.

ambient temperature must be below 0 deg C (32 deg F)
engine oil temperature must be below 55 deg C (131 deg F)
vehicle power must be between 11.8 and 15 volts
parking brake must be applied on manual transmission vehicles
the transmission must be on park or neutral on automatic transmission vehicles
glow plugs must be off


As you can see, the "Parking Brake" thing is about being in "Park" on a 6-speed.

But, in the end, you can certainly do without them both...
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So I'm in the middle of my fuel bowl rebuild and noticed the heating element is broken off the base.. It dose get cold here at times so wondering if I should put it back in or ditch it.

Will it help fuel flow in anyway or anything like that?
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You have to remember that when Ford outfits these trucks they do it for the Worst environmental conditions they could possibly be in. In Alaska, where their engine could be exposed to -50F, they need to know the fuel isn't going to "wax-up" at the filter.

So, the Fuel Heater (that 97% of us don't need) was added. I don't think, in UT, you'll need it. But, you would get a more informed opinion from others in your area maybe
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You will not need it. Delete it and be done. Unplug it, remove the element and move on.

I dont even have a fuel bowl anymore.
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