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Draining Fuel/Water Seperator?

So I drained my water seperator today...I got about 1/3 water bottle into draining and noticed it looked like straight diesel...so my question is this...How long are you supposed to let it drain? I know on my 6.0L you just let it drain until it stopped...(which wasnt very long). I was gonna do this on the 6.4 but wasn't sure how much longer it would drain and didn't want to waste fuel. What do you guys usually do?

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Until nothing but diesel comes out. You can usually tell after a few seconds if you have water in the fuel and need to drain longer.

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Ok cool...I drained entirely too long then HAHAHA

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I rarely have anything but a few drops of water in my container when I drain...

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I drained mine tuesday and it was open MAYBE 20 seconds. And that was probably too long...

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Where is the water sep on a 05 6.0? I had my truck 5 months now and have not checked it yet...
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Its on the frame rail. Where your fuel filter is on the frame rail. You'll need to use an allen wrench to unscrew it. On the 6.0 let it drain until it stops...it only holds so much!

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I let mine drain untill it stops. Usually for about 20 seconds untill it sops.

The stuff that comes out of mine is clear, but with a small tint of green coolant, and the smell of Diesel fuel.

Anyone see a small amount of coolant when draining????

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I let mine drain untill it stops. Usually for about 20 seconds untill it sops.

The stuff that comes out of mine is clear, but with a small tint of green coolant, and the smell of Diesel fuel.

Anyone see a small amount of coolant when draining????
No. Just drops of water.

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I drain mine into an old water bottle so I can easily see what's in it. Then let it settle if there's any water / debris in there. Once it's settled to the bottom I carefully pour as much of the diesel as I can back into the tank and discard the rest ... waste not!!

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