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99 F350 w/ 7.3 won't start after filter

'99 F350 with 214k and 7.3. I'm driving down the road at highway speeds on my way home from buying this truck yesterday and I suddenly start losing power. Within 4 miles the truck barely has enough power to even go over 15 MPH and I barely made it home. Low fuel light was on so I am pretty sure I ran it out of fuel or plugged the filter. So I put in a fresh filter and dumped 5 gallons of fresh diesel in the tank. Turned the key on and waited 10-20 seconds 3 times. The truck cranked and cranked and cranked but would not start. It only sputtered a few times. I manually filled the bowl once and it ran for about 3 seconds and than died. Every time I opened the yellow valve on the bowl to check for fuel, fuel sprayed out. I got really frustrated so I decided to try a tiny shot of starting fluid. I did that and it fired right up and held a steady idle after about 10 seconds. Put the truck in gear and it had NO power. Would barely move. I let it idle for about 20 mins, went back outside and put it in gear and drove it. It ran good and seemed to have pretty good power. I'm guessing there was a bunch of air in the lines that finally purged itself out. Can anyone tell me what is going on here??? Why wouldn't it start without the ether??? I am a good mechanic, but this is my first diesel!
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Air in the lines is a pain.. I ran it down low and managed to get air in my lines, it died on me just moments after filling up. You could also have other restrictions too. I would look into the hutch and harpoon mods.. will also benefit in other ways.

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If there's one thing you dont want to do in life, is run a diesel out of fuel. Thats a bad mistake you made, and now your gonna see how much of a mother****er it is to get it started again.
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If there's one thing you dont want to do in life, is run a diesel out of fuel. Thats a bad mistake you made, and now your gonna see how much of a mother****er it is to get it started again.
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Like I said in my post, I did get it started again. The fuel gauge is inaccurate is the reason I ran it out of fuel. It was completely oit of fuel 2 miles after the low fuel light popped on. I was almost to the gas station...
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I'm not knocking you as a person, just saying to never let it happen again. Equate a diesel running out of fuel to your wife going into labor while skydiving.

Its going to take a bit of time to get the air out of the system.

As far as the sending unit, it might be broke. Truck new to you? first time doing this?
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Try loosening the filter housing cap a little to let the air out, don't open the drain valve. I had a similar problem after I changed my filter once. Just open enough to unseat the 0-ring a little & see if you can get some air out.
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Most likely you sucked up the sediment that sits in the bottom of the tank along with air. Change the fuel filter and fill it up with fuel not just 5 gallons. After that turn the key on with the fuel bowl drain valve open for at least 20 seconds. Start it up and see how it does. If it still is having problems you might have to back flush the fuel pump that is on the drivers side frame rail or possibly even drop the tank to clean out the prefilter screen. Easiest way i found is taking the fuel line loose from in front of the fuel pump and using the air hose you back flush it. Or just do what the dealership would do and replace the sending unit, pump and injectors . . . lol

and i know no one mentioned it but avoid ether in diesels . . .

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