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Old 11-06-2012, 08:04 AM
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Water Separator... quick help needed

Admittedly I had not been keeping up with draining due to lack of knowing I should be monthly. So after a year of owning the truck I drained it this morning but only let it run for 15 seconds because it was flowing a steady stream and the youtube video I watched seem to have much less.

Am I supposed to let it drain until it stops?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:48 AM
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Mine never really stops. I usually pour about 2" into a glass and let it sit for a few hours and see if you see any water in it that separated. Mine never shows any water but its still good to drain it every so often.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:12 AM
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Next question then is what does it mean if there is water that separates? Just want to be 100% sure I'm taking care of my truck correctly.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:57 AM
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If water seperates than you may just have had moisture in the tank but wouldnt be noticeable really, or you got some fuel that had water in it. but most importantly if your seeing water your filter is doing its job. If it does have some in it, it will be very small, if you have a lot of water that comes out there is prolly a big issue but if you had that much water in it then you would notice it by now or the message would come up on the screen too. just make sure you get fuel from busy gas stations so that the diesel isnt sitting for long periods and you will be fine
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:52 AM
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Thanks for the info got to love this place. I had made myself paranoid after reading about it yesterday but I've never had any messages and didn't see anything abnormal when I drained it, at least not that I could see.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:56 AM
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Thanks for the info got to love this place. I had made myself paranoid after reading about it yesterday but I've never had any messages and didn't see anything abnormal when I drained it, at least not that I could see.
i never see anything in mine but i still drain it because they say so haha. I have had 2 6.0's, 6.4, and 6.7 but recently sold one 6.0 and have never seen a water in fuel light or anything weird drained out of the seperator. but i just make sure i hit up busy stations like i said so it isnt sitting for long periods.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:39 PM
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Yeah, it's going to come out quick if it's not clogged up. It's more of a problem if it isn't flowing well. That means it's gunked up on the inside.

It seemed like mine would continue flowing until the fuel tank emptied, so I cut it off at about 10 ounces or so. Then, give it time to separate. That's a large enough sample in my opinion.

You'll be surprised with the stuff that comes out. I get a lot of sand in my fuel for some reason.
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