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Fuel bowl Heater?

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What causes the fuel heater to go bad on the 7.3's? I think mine went bad today, truck was running and then died all of a sudden. Got on my phone and did a quick google and seen that you can unplug the connector and throw in a new fuse and itll start. Which mine did, and ive started it a couple times since.

But what causes this problem? I did just change my fuel filter, and my GPR last saturday but havent seen an issue until today.

Also, can this be replaced? How hard of a job is it if so?

Any info will be greatly appreciated guys!

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it can be replaced here is the link to show you how to do it.
Welcome to guzzle's Powerstroke Fuel Bowl Rebuild Web Page
Even though it is for the fuel bowl rebuid it shows how to pull the heater. You should do a rebuild while you are at it cheap insurance that it will not leak.
You can get a heater from diesel orings or your local part store.
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it can be replaced here is the link to show you how to do it.
Welcome to guzzle's Powerstroke Fuel Bowl Rebuild Web Page
Even though it is for the fuel bowl rebuid it shows how to pull the heater. You should do a rebuild while you are at it cheap insurance that it will not leak.
You can get a heater from diesel orings or your local part store.
Awesome. Thanks for the great link!!

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Oh, how long can i drive my truck like this? I wont have time to get the new heater changed out until this weekend...

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There are people who drive without it for Many Years. I don't think anybody actually needs it much at all....

If it were me though, I'd replace it too because I'm pretty sure you loose your Water In Fuel sensor with it unplugged. In fact, THAT'S the answer to your question as to why they fail. It's because of the water that it comes in contact with, that element actually corrodes!
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There are people who drive without it for Many Years. I don't think anybody actually needs it much at all....

If it were me though, I'd replace it too because I'm pretty sure you loose your Water In Fuel sensor with it unplugged. In fact, THAT'S the answer to your question as to why they fail. It's because of the water that it comes in contact with, that element actually corrodes!
Ive read that also. But i cant do that, it would bother me in the back of my mind lol.

I was wondering how it breaks, thanks for the answer! Now it makes sense lol

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Hey so my 96 is doing the exact same it randomly died fuse.22 kept popping so I replaced it and it fired back up ran for 3 blocks then died I unhooked the fuel bowl heater swapped the fuse and still not.getting fuel to the motor. Any suggestions?
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First you have to remember that the blown fuse denies power to the PCM and causes the No Start. The lack of fuel is because if the PCM doesn't run, neither does the Fuel Pump.

But, and I'm not sure about this, isn't your pump mechanical? (in a '96)

What you're going to need to be sure of is Do you get a WTS light when you first roll-on the key?

Without the PCM running, you're never gonna start, and a No WTS means it's not running...
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