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Old 12-19-2007, 07:55 PM
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n00b Question - Water Collector

Where is the fuel water collector on my F-250 2008 6.4?
If/When the water light comes on, I want to know where the drain plug is located. Cause lord knows, that damn light will come on when its a blizzard and dark outside with a foot of snow on the ground.

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Old 12-19-2007, 07:58 PM
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Up underneath on the driver side inside the frame rails. You have to get a good ways under there to find it, but it's there. It has a yellow lever on it to open it.
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What? I gotta get on my hands and knees and get dirty? Lol
Just fooling... Thanks..
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Where is the fuel water collector on my F-250 2008 6.4?
If/When the water light comes on, I want to know where the drain plug is located. Cause lord knows, that damn light will come on when its a blizzard and dark outside with a foot of snow on the ground.

Thanks,
Not sure how the new ones are, but on my 7.3 if i were to open the valve to drain the water, it would start leaking. Then you have to replace the whole thing. Not sure on the 6.4s tho. Just throwing that out there.
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Look just inside the frame rail under the drivers door (next to trans), you will see the small yellow lever, push it foreward and it will drain (dont be under it).
The manual says empty it at least once a month, you dont have to wait for the light to come on.I have emptied mine three times and I only have 2500 miles on it.
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Once a month? uhoh... I gotta change my oil tomorrow, so I'll empty it then.
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:07 AM
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OKay..


I found a yellow level with a yellow nipple inside the frame under the driver side that said drain. I slid the level and 'something' started draining. It smelled like diesel and didn't exactly look like water.

My question is, was that the correct level to drain the water? Or did I somehow find a fuel level that began draining my diesel? I only let it run for 20/seconds and it seems like there is still more to drain. But I wanted to get the 411 before I flipped it again.

Anybody?
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:53 AM
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I am not sure how long to drain for. I forgot what the manual says. I drain out about 12 ounces every 3 weeks.
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Here it is:

3. Rotate drain lever to the outward position. Allow the HFCM/FCM to
drain for approximately 25 seconds or until clean fuel is observed. Rotate
the lever towards the housing until it is firmly seated.
4. Verify that the drain valve is closed and latched, then remove the
container from under the vehicle.
5. Restart the engine and check WATER IN FUEL indicator light; it
should not be illuminated. If it continues to illuminate, have the fuel
system checked and repaired.
2008 Econoline (eco)
Supplement
USA (fus)
Maintenance and Specifications
37
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:51 AM
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Bingo.. My misunderstanding. I was believing that this was a water collector that only had water in it. So when it was drained, just water would spill out. Turns out that its more like a "fuel system low point" where all the water + diesel collects. Thus requiring a timed draining, instead of just leaving the level open for it to completely drain.

Well, I learned the hard way. Cause I didn't have a bucket or anything under it, I just let it drain on the garage floor. Now my garage smells like diesel fuel. lol
I'll know better next time..
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