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Old 12-21-2007, 08:31 AM
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Diesel Pump Etiquette

Being new to the whole diesel world I was seeking some advice. Namely how to conduct myself at the fuel pump.

I always like to top off the tank, but as we all know with foaming, that takes a while. If I stop when the handle clicks, there is still 3-3.5 more gallons of fuel to go in. It also takes just as long to put in those last 3.5 gallons as it did to fill up the entire tank. What do you guys do when there is another truck waiting behind you, or even a line of trucks?

Then do you guys pull away from from the pump before getting your card from inside the store so the pump is free for the next person? I just don't want to upset some mother trucker and have him go ape on me.

And how do I go about getting on a scale at a truck stop? Do they frown upon those sorts of things? I just want to know what my rig weighs.

Thanks a bunch for all your help! Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:33 AM
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you can do whats caled the harpoon mod , its a mod inside the tank to help fill faster , if you do a google search you will find it
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:37 AM
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you can do whats caled the harpoon mod , its a mod inside the tank to help fill faster , if you do a google search you will find it

I thought about that. I just don't want to void the warranty on my brand new truck. I am slowly putting the pieces together about what I can and can't do without affecting my warranty. I dunno if the harpoon is one of them.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:38 AM
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theres no way that can effect your warranty
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The station i use is a small town country store and there is never a line and their are two seperate diesel pumps so i can't really say i have had this issue. I would say if theres a line of trucks, top off maybe one more gallon and more on.
And if you have a co-op in town, they have a scale and will probably let you use it for free if you shop there. My co-op even showed me how to look in the window to read the digital readout so i can weigh after they are closed if i need. I weigh anytime i am buying or selling a steer or taking one to the butcher and the co-op is ofen closed when i go by.
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I used the scale at the truck stop with no problem, if your paying they don't care. It only cost me about 9 bucks, and I write it off at the end of the year.
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The harpoon will help with fill up time, but you have to be careful of how you do it. If you cut the tubes too short you don't get much warning when it's full and could have spillage problems.

As far as topping off, I like it to be full, but if there is a line I try to be as courteous as possible. I don't use stations very often that don't have card readers on the pump, but if I do and someone is waiting, I will pull up to allow them access to the pump.

As far as the scales go, truckstops will weigh anything as long as you pay their fee. This is usally $5 to $8. Most places you pull up on the scale and there should be a speaker or phone there to talk to the attendant. After you weight just go inside, pay and they will give you your slip. I prefer to stop by the local co-op as Clay does. I also have a local stone quarry that has easy access to their scales and a digital readout so I only have to drive over the scale and never stop or get out.

Don't worry about the harpoon causing warranty issues.
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theres no way that can effect your warranty

You know, I would hope not. But Ford is scaring everyone from doing anything to the '08s.

If I don't feel comfortable doing the harpoon mod myself, what sort of shop should I take it to for help. I am a hands on kinda guy so I want to do it myself, but I am looking for guidance to do it.
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The station i use is a small town country store and there is never a line and their are two seperate diesel pumps so i can't really say i have had this issue. I would say if theres a line of trucks, top off maybe one more gallon and more on.
And if you have a co-op in town, they have a scale and will probably let you use it for free if you shop there. My co-op even showed me how to look in the window to read the digital readout so i can weigh after they are closed if i need. I weigh anytime i am buying or selling a steer or taking one to the butcher and the co-op is ofen closed when i go by.

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a co-op and what would I buy there?
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You know, I would hope not. But Ford is scaring everyone from doing anything to the '08s.

If I don't feel comfortable doing the harpoon mod myself, what sort of shop should I take it to for help. I am a hands on kinda guy so I want to do it myself, but I am looking for guidance to do it.
first thing is to get the tank out , run it low to almost empty first , pm me and ill guide you thru it , its actually fairly simple
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