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Old 02-03-2011, 05:48 PM
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My truck gremlin hit twice today!

I typically start looking for a gas station around the 1/4 tank mark. So I left work today right at a 1/4 tank left and when to get my daughter from school first about 35 miles away. When I pulled into the drive ( down hill slope) the low fuel indicator came on. Ususally that leaves me about 50 miles before I get to E. I was a little early so I shut it down and waited to the rug ray race to the cars. When I fired it back up the needle did not move and it started sputtering. I pulled over immediately and called a buddy to bring some diesel so I didn't run it dry. I put about 2 gallons in and fired it back up and the needle still didn't move, but I limped it the gas station anyway. I put in 22 gallons... So WTF happened?

The other issue happen when I got in the truck at work. I started it up and turned the heater OFF till it got warm. When I tried to turn it back on... Nothing. It didn't come back on until after I went though the diesel fiasco, and then it came back on by itself.

The truck is relatively new to me. I've only had it for about 2 months and today it was about 30* outside.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:24 PM
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2 things
1 the fuel pick up is at the tailgate end of the tank so downhill can be an issue with low fuel

2 never ever run a 6.0 out of fuel ,, the injectors life depends on the cushion of the fuel for the injection cycle ,,
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:13 AM
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I agree with both statements, but is there any way to help with the issue? Like I was saying, I typically get fuel at the 1/4 mark. I have heard many bad things about running out of fuel which is why I pulled it over and waited for some more diesel. Even after I pit in another 2 gallons the needle didn't move. That was the weird part. The gas station was only about 2 miles from where I was.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:23 PM
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did the needle move when you filled it ?
also the gauge is slow to react .. I imagine it is buffered so it doesnt bounce around
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:27 PM
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and 22 gals is not full capacity in a short bed ,, I ran low once and put 25 in lol
26 is about the limit ,, I have since doubled it with a replacment tank

I think you may have an issue ,, I would carry a five of fuel and next time you get low see if it does it again or better yet get a fuel pressure gauge
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