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Old 11-20-2011, 09:03 AM
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First Fuel Filter Change - Cant Start

Did my first fuel filter change on the rig, everything seemed to go pretty smooth except I can't get it to start now.

Basically here's what I did:

Went out to the truck, opened the top cap then drained using the water separator valve until nothing came out. Took out the rail cap/filter, cleaned it out, put the new o ring on the cap and lubed it up with some clean oil, then put in new rail filter and put the cap back on.

Went back up to the top, took off cap then cleaned it out, put new o ring on the cap and lubed it up with some clean oil, put the new filter in and put the cap back on.

Primed it 8x for 30 seconds (until I heard the pump stop), started for about 5 seconds then died. Primed it again 8x, wouldn't start. Primed it again 8x, wouldn't start.

Figured there was air in it so I loosened the top cap and primed it 6x. I could hear bubbling coming out of the tube in the housing, thought eventually fuel would come out but after about 15 primes (30seconds each) still nothing but bubbling. Put the cap back on, primed it 6x then tried to start, still wouldn't start.

Loosened cap again, primed it more (could still hear bubbling). Took out filter and looked inside, there is nothing in the housing.

What am I doing wrong?
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:05 AM
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That's how we always primed them. Turn the key on until the pump stops and do it over and over and over.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:07 AM
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Every thread I read, they prime it 6x or so and it fired right up. Wish it went that way for me lol

I've tried at least 40 waiting for the pump to shut off each time, getting worried I'm going to break something. Each time I tried to start it I let it go about 10 seconds then cut it, didn't want to kill the starter.

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:25 AM
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You're doing it right. Check the lower filter. Might be sucking air. Pull it all out and redo it all.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:22 AM
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Pulled the rail cap off, reseated the filter. Cleaned the threads on the cap and the o-ring, relubed with oil and put the cap back on. Primed 8x, no start, 8 more, no start.

Maybe I need to fill the bowl with some diesel?
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:35 AM
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Wouldn't hurt but you should be able to open the filter, turn the key and it fill up with diesel if the pump works.
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Yea it wasnt before, I filled it halfway with diesel and ran the pump a few times. After some bubbling i topped it off again and now it starts filling with diesel when I start the pump. Went to turn it over and still no start (5 sec). Drained some air out of the shrader valve on top of the cooler, went to try it again and the batteries died :/

Now I just hope my car can jump this thing..

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Old 11-20-2011, 01:02 PM
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im just wondering...now did you drain the fuel separator on the frame? is the valve still open? itcould be sucking air through there.
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I did drain using the separator but made sure it was closed each time. At this point just need to figure out how to get air out of the pump
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:04 PM
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how much fuel do you have in the truck? are you on a decline or incline?
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