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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel System Maint

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Had my powerstroke for a little over a year now. Been wanting to do some maintenance and change the fuel filter.

In concert with the filter change - I want to make sure water is being effectively removed. My question is... how do you drain the water out of the filter housing? I see a yellow lever. Also - should the ignition be on? Off?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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The truck should Not be running, the lever will allow the bottom of the filter housing to drain through a metal tube, against the motor, back behind the top of the ft pass tire.

When you change the filter you can clean out the bowl and some like to refill with SeaFoam to clean the injectors when you restart. In any case, once the filter housing is empty you'll want to refill it before you try to start. When you roll the key on, you'll hear the pump run - BUT - only for a few seconds (it's on a timer) SO, you need to turn the key ON for 5secs THEN Off and back on again. Repeat this 1/2dz times or more to get the filter housing refilled.
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You can also pour automatic transmission fluid in the bowl after draining and cleaning. I usually fill the bowl 3/4 full of ATF and then let the rest fill with diesel. Then i dump the rest of the ATF in the fuel tank.
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You can also pour automatic transmission fluid in the bowl after draining and cleaning. I usually fill the bowl 3/4 full of ATF and then let the rest fill with diesel. Then i dump the rest of the ATF in the fuel tank.
Do NOT do THAT!

ATF isn't meant to be burned, isn't meant to clean. There are Much better additives designed to do specific jobs in your fuel.

Either Fuel, SeaFoam or something Made to go into your fuel system ONLY.....
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i use atf in the tank all the time...... i used it to fill the fuel filter on my 90 all the time. i had a sticky injector pump, a filter full of atf cleaned it right up.

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i use atf in the tank all the time...... i used it to fill the fuel filter on my 90 all the time. i had a sticky injector pump, a filter full of atf cleaned it right up.
You can wipe your A$$ with newspaper too, doesn't mean it's the best thing for the job!

Quit the hillbilly remedies, do it right!
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