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Old 11-25-2012, 12:34 PM
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$*^%#^* Water separator

2008 f250 99000 miles. I was having trouble with the water spectator draining little to nothing so I ordered the new gasket, took the front cover off the hfcm, took a bath in diesel, scooped all the gunk out of the compartment sprayed brake cleaner to get all the sand out I couldnt reach, put it back together, go to drain it today and nothing comes out. I did all this like 2 weeks ago and have to redo it all again. Any ideas why I'm not draining any water or even fuel?
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:39 PM
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Did it drain right after you cleaned it? try pushing a piece of wire or a pin in the hole to see if it frees up again. I would say you still have gunk or picked up more gunk. Did you happen to run your tank down really low and maybe pick up some sediment in the tank? Im guessing there isnt any sediment in your tank if you fill up at good stations, but Im just thinking out loud.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:22 PM
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Had the same thing happen to me, so i pulled the cover off and it was all gunk up again. Clean it very will and now its working great.
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We're you parked front end elevated or rear end elevated? The former well not drain correctly or at all in some cases. You should always attempt to drain with the rear end elevated.

If you do take it apart again, did you run a pipe cleaner through the drain opening? You could even try that now before taking it apart again. Just try to be careful you don't dive what events in there further into the line.

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I guess you could say I'm the idiot for not trying it to see if it drained the same day I cleaned it. I just figured after all the sand and gunk I pulled out plus spraying it clean it would be okay. I know the drain valve is clear, I sprayed brake cleaner through it before putting it back together. The truck is parked level with 3/4 of a tank right now so it should drain freely.

Apex 06 did you pull the hfcm off the frame to clean it or did it both times under the truck? Did you replace the gasket both times? I'd hate to throw another $50 away if I don't have to.
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I just did it under the truck. I replace the gasket both times.

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Start the truck and then crack the valve, it will blow any crud out.
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