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totally stranded..... truck will not prime fuel or start

okay guys I have a problem I am stuck and I need helpI rent it out of fuel yesterday I know that was stupid but my fuel gauge does act up but know this I should keep it that way over a quarter tank at all times. Its got at lesst 4 gal. In now. Anyway I can't get the truck to re prime I don't know what I'm doing wrong I know I got massive amounts of Air iin the lines because I happen to have a hydraulic bed and I took the cap off thefuel tank to replace the fuel sending unit. I've already gone through one bottle of ether sprayng tiny bits at a time to keep the truck running to try to turn the pumps on. I filled up the fuel bowl myself with diesel and then tried it with either and yes the ether burns and runs but the diesel will not burn. apparently the fuel is not getting to the injectors I have checked the oil reservoir in front of the HPOP and it is full, but is bubbling, not bubbling but kind of surging up and down really slow and little. . I have also disconnected the ICP sensor to try to get a start but to no avail.I I have a battery charger hooked up to it really good ones so that's not an issue its cranking over nice and fast, but just not firing up. I would sure like to leave if there's any way anybody could give me advice I would sure appreciate it thanks in advance.

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Try draining the fuel bowl. Then turning the key to the on position and see if it fills back up. That will at least tell you you have fuel to the bowl and your fuel pump is working. Also NEVER use ether in a diesel. It has a very high risk of igniting on your glow plugs and burning your truck up. Hope I could be of some help for you.

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you were right the fuel bowl isnt filling up on its own. but why wouldnt the diesel that i put in it burn? im suspecting my fuel pump and took it off, i cant blow through it. does that mean its clogged? also, i took the fuel sending unit out of the tank and it is very clean. should the sending unit actually send fuel to the pump? if so, i should be able to see fuel coming out of the line before the pump right? i would hate to buy another fuel pump. any ideas?
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your pump is a lift pump. If plugged up, then nothings' being lifted. The "return" line could be also plugged up. Your best bet is to do the HUTCH mod. Inside the cannister could be all gummed up, but exterior looks "clean", hence, the junk in the fuel pump...

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Start with the Easy stuff,,,, Go put 5 more gallons in (couldn't hurt and the 4 you have now might not be enough to cover a fallen-off pick up).
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yeah thats what im gonna do haha its happened before and i left a truck sitting for a month, then i put 5 more gallons in and it fired right up, if that doesnt work, then gpr, the cps, then im gonna set the truck on fire.
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got it going again.....fuel pump bad again, got another, put it in, primed it 3 times, and it fired up in half a crank
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