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1996 powerstroke spraying fuel

smelled fuel yesterday opened the hood and noticed in the valley under the turbo is about 3" of fuel laying there, i unclogged the drain in the valley and it all drained out. and is filling up as i drive and can smell it. so i rinsed it all down and tried to see where it was coming from but cant see exactly where, no i dont want to drive a truck that is loosing that much fuel onto the motor is it a hard job to remove the filter housing?
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The fuel bowl is easy to remove. Before you remove it, check out the gasket on the lid. With the truck running you should be able to see a leak that is putting that much fuel in your valley.

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The fuel bowl is easy to remove. Before you remove it, check out the gasket on the lid. With the truck running you should be able to see a leak that is putting that much fuel in your valley.
, yah pull off all your plastic top engine dressings and you'll have a better view of everything befor yah take it apart , unless it's under the heat sheild on the fueal pump in the back of the valley

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i have all the plastic off and de greased everything, it looks like possibly under the fuel filter housing is where its leaking or maybe the hard metal line running under there. everything above the lines on the side of the housing is dry
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If you have a mirror it will help you find the leak. It could be the drain for the water seperator, mine started leaking and it's easy to fix.

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it is the fuel filter housing that leaking...

I have replaced it on two separate 7.3 motors. the housing from being heat cycled and vibrated will either warp or crack, and it will start to leak.
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I had the same problem about 3 years ago it ended up being the mechanical fuel pump.

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well i have it all apart, looks like the metal feed lines from the tank are rotted and the filter housing appears to have a hair line crack but cant verify. second problem i came across when i drained the housing a lot of water came out. so i figured it was supposed to be there since it is a separator, well i took a sample from the tank and its mostly water also ( that would explain the lack of power) but this is a brand new tank 3 weeks ago so the water must have come from my local hess station.
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With the way you described it, i had a feeling it would be the filter housing... Sadly i have had to replace 2 of them... but otherwise the 7.3s have been rock solid for 300,000 + miles. not like my newer 6.0
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