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filled up with gasoline last nite!! uhgg

Well I went and did it. Last night I picked up the wrong pump handle and pumped 13 gal of unleaded into my 97 7.3..

Drove about one half mile, went in and ate a pizza, one hour later came out and fired up.
Drove about 2 miles and told the wife, "great, looks like the station has some junk fuel again this thing is running like crap."

Truck had no power, pedal to the floor, resulted in 35 mph top speed.
Finally think to switch tanks, still have 5/8 in rear tank. Flip switch, but it is too late. Still running like it's full of water. Come to small hill in road and she dies. Now brain is working, have wife check fuel ticket, sure enough, regular unleaded ! I have driven about 3 or 4 miles at this point.

Call cops because I am blocking road and call AAA for wrecker.

While waiting I drain fuel bowl and change filter.
Try restarting many times, no go.

Finally when the wrecker guy gets there, he says he has seen this many times and says a 7.3 will always start once you get the gas out of system. (I am somewhat dubious, but hopefull about that.)

Well the truck has been sitting with flashers and parking lites on for about 2 hours by this time, and I have cranked the tar out of it a time or five so the batteries are loosing their edge by now. Tow guy says let's drain the bowl, one more time and I depress the spring in the top of the tube that goes up into the filter while he cranks it over until we have a bowl full of fuel. Replace filter and try cranking again. It really sounded like it was going to go but the batteries just wern't there for a good hard crank.

We loaded her on the roll-back and brought her home.

Now I am ready to go assess the damage and begin sorting out the pieces.

Wish me luck and please, if you have been through this, let me know what you did to get back on the road.
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im wondering about your injectors health now...

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Drain the ENTIRE tank out, and completely fill with diesel.
It'd be quicker if you had an electric pump to pump clean diesel into the lines all the way to the fuel bowl.



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Thank you jesilvas, I am on my way to get started draining the offending tank right now. I will check back in after it is drained.
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same time change the fuel filter. and again when its working shortly after. gas will clean the lines out.

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Update.
Drained the offending tank.
got started with rear tank.
Let run for about 15 minutes.
Drove for 3 miles and truck chugged out and died.
Drained other tank also.
put more fresh fuel into tank that was not harmed.
Will not start.
Noticed in last few attempts, that the oil pressure gauge runs up to midpoint while enjine is cranking. When I stop cranking the gauge stays "up" for a couple or three seconds then goes back to zero.

Truck is not acting like it wants to fire where as before you could tell it was right on the verge.
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Well worse case you have to tear it all down. But I seem to be drawing a blank at the moment as to why you got it running and how good idk you didn't say but then it quits that's a little weird. Did you pull any injectors and take a peak at any? I will ask my diesel tech father (33 years in the field) if he can think of a check list for you.

I'm addicted to diesel and I step on it constantly!

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Bet there's still junk in the lines. I'd DC them and blow them out and get diesel in them if you can.
With a mech fuel pump, it's gonna take cranking to get it going again.



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Tried one last time to get her started last nite.

Truck would run for a couple of minutes at a time after being started with just a smell or two of ether. { He showed me how to disconect the glow plug wire first.}

Friend who is a retired UPS fleet mech. stopped by and checked it out best he could with no diagnostic equipment. He is very much up on the 7.3 and said it acted like the injectors are galded and figures they are shot. But, he says that if that was the case the check enjine light should be on. His bottom line is, have it hooked to diagnostic reader before tearing into the injectors just to be sure.

More advise is welcomed.
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