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Old 12-02-2008, 03:50 PM
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truck down and its cold

is there another pump on an 01 7.3 other than the one on the frame under the drivers side? truck started this morning. was around freezing . it ran for a few seocnds then idled down and rattled to beat hell and smoked. after a couple minutes it gradually got better then was fine. drove 5 miles ,shut it off. hour later started it to leave, went about 100 yds, then started loosing power and rattling/smoking/no power again to a gradual death. fuel pump on frame runs with key, but no fuel in the filter on motor. not a drop. put 5 gal in it just to see if guage might be wrong, but ive got 3/4 tank instead of half now. thinking it might have gelled up, but it really wasnt 'that' cold today. but the fuel is about a month old and im sure aint winterized.either that or theres a pump in the tank, or a screen thats clogged?
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:53 PM
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There are fuel screens in the tank but only one pump on the frame rail. How cold is it outside.
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:57 PM
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got up to 36 high today i believe. so not super cold.
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:48 PM
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alot of moisture in the fuel and it would have gelled up, I dont know where you live but at those temps here I start adding power service when I fill up, my truck is terrible about gelling up, and what your truck did sounds just like what mine will do about twice a winter season, and it gells between the tank and my pump in the frame
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:06 PM
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well that seems like where it did it to me since pump is running and nothing is coming in the fuel bowl at all. well ,ive got power service 911 in it now and the regular power service. gonna wait till around noonish tomorrow and see if i can get anytihng through it then. supposed to get up to 45 tomorrow hopefully.i cant see it being anything else
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:13 PM
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slow down hoss, to much power service can be worse than not at all, only add the recommended amount to the amount of fuel, it collects to the wax in the water and if you put to much in you will have this nasty snot wax kinda yellow stuff trying to pump through your lines, it will plug a fuel filter as fast as you can change them
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:18 PM
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Get yourself a reddy heater and a tarp. Make sure the tarp is big enough to go around the truck. Point the reddy heater under the truck by the fuel tank. Fire up the reddy heater then wrap the tarp around the truck so no cold air can get under the truck. Let it sit for about 2-3 hours and check on it every 30-45 minutes to make sure it is burning the truck down.

After it has sat like this for 2-3 hours attempt to fire up the truck. It should fire up. Also make sure your block warmer is plugged in and working while your warming up your fuel tank.

I have had to do this to several hummvees when I was in the Marines. It does work just time consuming.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:52 PM
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Get yourself a reddy heater and a tarp. Make sure the tarp is big enough to go around the truck. Point the reddy heater under the truck by the fuel tank. Fire up the reddy heater then wrap the tarp around the truck so no cold air can get under the truck. Let it sit for about 2-3 hours and check on it every 30-45 minutes to make sure it is burning the truck down.

After it has sat like this for 2-3 hours attempt to fire up the truck. It should fire up. Also make sure your block warmer is plugged in and working while your warming up your fuel tank.

I have had to do this to several hummvees when I was in the Marines. It does work just time consuming.
yep, that is what I do all winter with gelled equipment, plywood, plastic, what ever it takes to make a tent around it and a propane salamander heater.
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Another method that may help you to warm it up is to point a 1000 watt quartz lamp at
your tank. It can be (and should be)a couple feet away and still warm things up. I once used this method for my log splitter that would not start due to water in the gas .
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:38 PM
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well i only put half the amount of each in. gotta wait till its light to try something
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