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Old 03-03-2014, 06:52 AM
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Constant Gelling!!

I have a 2000 7.3. My friend has the 6.4. We both fill up at the same Kwik Trip pumps with Winterized fuel. I have not gelled this winter, down to a minus 41 degrees, this morning it was a minus 27. His 6.4 has gelled 4-5 times this winter with minus 25 below. (he has new filters and always has his truck serviced at a very reputable shop) I understand the 6.4 injectors and fuel system are far more complex, but this is completely uncalled for. I will not suggest he move to a 7.3 as the tranny will never last long enough with his tandem enclosed trailer he hauls everyday. Can anyone provide some input?? He is already looking at a GMC with a LML...I can't blame him.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:22 AM
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Your 7.3 has a fuel heater, Ford in their wisdom eliminated the heater from the Horizontal Fuel Conditioning Module shortly after the 08-10 6.4 trucks came out.
He could try installing some like this from Parker/Racor. Not sure if it would completely solve the problem in the extreme cold temps of this winter, but it should help.

http://www.parker.com/literature/Rac...April_2010.pdf
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Thank you for the information! I will pass it to him.
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treat the damn fuel. I have yet to gel up
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i dont think gelling is a real legit reason to get another truck...
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:49 AM
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Same here i was using diesel kleen now i`m using Howes and no problems
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If you are 50 miles from home and have to get 5-$200 tows, I would throw the towel in. There has to be a design flaw or manufacturer remedy, holy crap, it is a 2008.
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Is your friend using anti gel additive when he fuels up? That could be the simple solution.
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Can you prove he is actually gelling or does he have a fuel pressure issue? I ask because my buddy and I were both running Cat C12's in our semis, his kenworth was constantly having gelling like symptoms for the beginning of the winter season. We live north of MPLS/St.Paul so its been WAY colder than anywhere else in north america. My peterbilt hasn't had any of the issues that his KW has had. We get fuel at the same places too. He ended up having a bad spring in his fuel transfer pump. He went from around 32psi to over 80psi of fuel pressure. His issues were cut down by 80%. Now the only time either one of us would gel is if we didn't get number 1 fuel when it got below -10.
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I just got my 6.4 in December and today it gelled up going down the road and died on me, I was able to limp it back to town and put additive in it then I was alright, I came from owning two cummins and neither gelled up on me. But I agree its alittle extreme to sell a truck because of it, id just take it as a lesson learned.
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