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Old 10-27-2010, 03:05 AM
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Water in fuel light

Water in fuel light has been coming sporadically for about a month now. It has been getting less frequent, but just when I think it's gone it comes back. It rarely gets to the point of the light staying on, usually pops on during hard turn or deceleration. Filters have been changed. I find myself draining HFCM just under once a week. It has been running fine until the frequency of the light flickers on and off gets closer together. I drain before the light ever stays on solid. When the light flickers get closer it starts running a little off, some slight stumbles/studder. I had seen some posts saying sensor may be bad. I may have believed that it the engiine did not stumble/studder. Is there a drain plug on these tanks? I have not looked yet. If not, I'm wondering if I need to pop a line off and drain tank. Anyone have this type of problem or have suggestions. Going on an 1800 miles round trip and I know I'll be draining more than a few times.
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I've read that some people have the same problem, so they take the 4 screw on the side of the HFCM near the drain plug, clean off the rust and crud slap it back together and all is good. But yes the sensor might shot.
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:25 AM
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Thanks for the info neighbor (I say neighbor because we are only about 75 miles apart (Grifton, NC)
I'll have a look at that.
Appreciate the info
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yeah my light comes on and off but my drain plug got stripped by the previous owner is there anyother way to drain out that water?
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yeah my light comes on and off but my drain plug got stripped by the previous owner is there anyother way to drain out that water?
Get that plug out, and pick your self up one of these. :

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Old 10-27-2010, 05:29 PM
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yeah my light comes on and off but my drain plug got stripped by the previous owner is there anyother way to drain out that water?
Thoughts on how to get the stripped plug out: I found these on different post answers to the stripped problem:

"I have seen that you can remove a stripped HFCM on the vehicle by simply epoxying a 6mm hex wrench into the stripped HFCM and removing it that way."

"go to a auto supply get an "easy out" and drill bit for your cordless drill
this should be a VERY EASY diy even in the rain"

"I tried to drill and use an easy out to no avail. I ended up replacing the whole cover, (took about 20 min)"

"Pulled off plate and gave it to a local retired guy "

"Maybe you could use a small drill bit with a angle-chuck drill to make two small holes on either side of the stripped hex-hole that would fit a Spanner Bit like the one pictured here Spanner Bit , assuming there's a bit big enough."
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In 70,000 miles i have never seen the "water in fuel light" I have run more than my share of questionable diesel. I accidently let the last 20 gallons in the overhead farm diesel run into my tank and still no light. I always all powerservice or similiar 90 percent of the time. I changed the filters once and drained the deal one other time.

Now that i typed that, tommorow i will either brake down or have water in the diesel
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thx for the info amdriven ill go to the hardware store tomorrow and pick up epoxy and a wrench and try it, its either that or have ford do it when i go to get a new carrier bearing
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In 70,000 miles i have never seen the "water in fuel light" I have run more than my share of questionable diesel. I accidently let the last 20 gallons in the overhead farm diesel run into my tank and still no light. I always all powerservice or similiar 90 percent of the time. I changed the filters once and drained the deal one other time.

Now that i typed that, tommorow i will either brake down or have water in the diesel
Never seen? I hope you have seen it during the key on lamp check.
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