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Old 07-22-2010, 07:32 AM
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Question Draining the Fuel/Water Seperator on 2000 7.3L

I'm beginning to think I'm blind, stupid, or a whole bunch of both.

I bought my 2000 F350 Powerstroke a couple of months ago, and I've been trying to get all the routine stuff done so I have my own schedule going... being this is my first dealing with diesel engines, I bought the Chilton Book, Hayes Manual, and a Powerstroke manual ($25 combined for all 3 on amazon).

Well everything has been pretty simple except for draining the fuel/water seperator. I've read a ton of posts, watched videos, and everything making it look and sound as simple as starting the truck up.... but I'll be damned if I didn't spend a good couple of hours last night trying to find the drain switch. I pulled the filter out, and eventually used a turkey baster to drain it (Everyone make note to politly decline any of my thanksgiving dinner invitations this year). And I think I spotted the drain hole, but even after climbing on top of the engine compartment and coming just short of doing a head stand.... I still saw no way to open a drain. There was nothing that matched the diagrams nor videos I watched.

Here are some pictures I took last night.... am I missing something obvious... I even looked at the grill to make sure there wasn't a Chevy emblem on it

Warning, the pictures are pretty big, but I wanted as much detail as possible, so I'll link them instead of putting them in here.

This picture is from the drivers side - Is that little hole to the right of where the fuel filter mounts to, is that the drain hole? That would be close to the rear passenger side of the bowl.

View from the driver's side - I can't see anything from this side that remotely resembles anything I'd be looking for

Looking down at the back from the passenger side - The only thing I can see from here that would have looked like anything remotely being related to anything I've seen as the lever to drain the bowl is that yellow thing just below the white wireing harness... I've commonly seen it referred to as a yellow lever, and that little circle with 3 prongs is the only yellow thing I've found.


Am I crazy? Is something broken off ya think?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:47 AM
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your lever is broke off... youre seeing whats left of it

http://home.centurytel.net/sabre/drainvalve.html
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Wow thanks! I'm going to have to remedy that, that turkey baster was a pain in the butt!
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Link no work

You were correct, you should see a yellow lever on the back left side of the fuel filter housing. Try and get the pics to work and we can point you in the right direction.
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Damn..beat me to it haha
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Link no work

You were correct, you should see a yellow lever on the back left side of the fuel filter housing. Try and get the pics to work and we can point you in the right direction.
the last two links there is one too many http
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it appears...to be missing? lol

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Old 07-22-2010, 03:44 PM
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Now had I found that picture before my miserable evening, I'd have known right away it had been missing!
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wanna know what mans best friend is..


Google

Then click on the images tab..search away..
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Yep someone broke it off and didn't bother replacing it. You should be able to just replace the lever. Junkyard bound.
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