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Old 02-05-2013, 09:54 AM
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My 2001 7.3 wont start after being run low on fuel. It didnt run out, but was close. My wife picked up a piece of furniture with it and was "scared to put the wrong fuel in it" so she brought it back on empty. Our driveway has a bit of an incline as well. I took another vehicle to the gas station and got 5 gallons of diesel, and put it in the truck. Tried to start it and it turns over but wont fire. This truck is my livelyhood so Any ideas would be very appreciated.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:31 AM
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To start, I would go get another 5gals just to be sure. It is not uncommon for the pick-up, in the tank, to crack and cause you to suck air at 1/4 tank and under. Once in the system, it can take some time to purge that air because the fuel rails in the head are a dead-end and it has to get passed through the injectors.

Start charging your batteries right away, you might need them after you're cranking for longer than normal. You also might want to confirm you have fuel in the filter housing by opening the drain valve (yellow lever) and seeing what comes out of the drain tube (3/8 metal tube, against the motor, over the pass tire) and cycle the key a couple of times (15sec on) open the lever again to see if you got refilled & what that fuel looks like.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for the advice! I did get the batts charging right away. I will try doing a purge and seeing what happens. I have to assume the incline has something to do with it. I have only ever parked it nose down, but she pulled in forward so the nose is up.
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