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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.