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Fuel leak at Filter cap --> Clutch Slipping
2001 Ford F-250 7.3L Diesel 4 x 4
A few days ago my son informed me that the truck was running rough and smoking... it was almost out of diesel, so I had him put 5 gallon in (I though it might be running out). Didn't help...
So, when I looked under the hood, fuel was leaking badly from the lip around the fuel filter cap. When I removed the cap it turned "hard" as though it were cross threaded.... after I removed the cap I inspected the threads... and the seal... all seamed ok... replaced the cap and it spun on easily as it should have... no leaks... the truck is back to running great.
The cap in itself is a mystery to me... because it has been on for a while and hasn't given any trouble (no leaks)... and I put it on when it was installed... and I am pretty well certain that I didn't cross thread it.... but oh well... this is not the crux of my problem.
Now, the problem is that my clutch is slipping like a big dog... Diesel fuel seems to have run out the back of the engine valley and made it's way to my clutch... I have given it a few days hoping it would "dry out"... but them seems to be only wishful thinking..... I guess I am going to have to spring for a new clutch.
The truck has 153,000 miles on it now..... I had the clutch and pressure plate replaced at about 60,000 miles (was a bad pilot bearing... they just replaced clutch and Pressure plate while they were in there)......
My question to the forum is (besides any obvious advice you can give).... is there a particular brand of clutch / plate I should go back with ??? (OEM, etc)..... And what price should I expect....
Also, I live in Central Oklahoma... about smack dab between OKC and Tulsa ... I would be interested to know of any mechanics around that specialize in these trucks.
I used to be fairly adept at doing my own mechanic work... still got it in the noggin... but my back and neck don't allow me to do too major tasks nowadays.
Thanks in advance!