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Question about running out of fuel.

My Dad was out today with less fuel than he thought and was trying to make it to the station when he ran out of fuel.

After getting a whole bunch of diesel fuel and spending the time to prime it, he got the truck running and after a few minutes he said the truck smoothed out and seemed to be running normal.

What I'd like to know is, I've read where people replace the fuel filter when this happens, but I know the filter in this truck was just replaced and may have 500 miles on it.

Are there any specific "after" steps to take once getting the truck running again after running one empty such as diesel fuel treatment, new filter, etc?

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I really hope your dad didn't put gas in a diesel motor...

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Excuse my wording, ran out of fuel.

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I'd say its fine, unless he notices any issues drive it like normal.. and how do ya run outta fuel? must have a bad float cuz when mine goes on i still have 5 gal at least.
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I'd say its fine, unless he notices any issues drive it like normal.. and how do ya run outta fuel? must have a bad float cuz when mine goes on i still have 5 gal at least.
Josh has run out of fuel a few times, his gauge isn't very accurate under 1/4 tank.
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I think it was a combo of things. The truck was clearly low on fuel, I think he assumed he had just enough to get the station and he said where he got stopped was a steep hill.

I figured since the truck seemed to respond quickly and drive like it did before everything should be good. At the same time, neither one of us have run a diesel to empty, so I just wanted to make sure there weren't any other things to do or take into account to keep the truck running right.
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It should have an electric fuel pump that would prime the system to operating pressure. Normally, when you change the fuel filter you also drain the bowl. Putting the new filter and cover on results in a massive air bubble in the system. My truck seems to not have a problem getting back to full operation. As I recall, it coughed for a second or two, but nothing Earth shattering.

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