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Old 06-18-2006, 12:36 PM
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Hello All! Just bought a 2000 PSD F-250 4x4, love the truck, it's my first truck and it's my first diesel. I'm learning a ton here but have a question. Are there any known fuel stations out there that you should stay away from? My dealer filled up the tank when I bought the truck and on that tank on the freeway going 65 to 70 I got just over 21 mpg and was ecstatic. I filled it up at a large Citgo truck stop last week and now the mileage has dropped into the basement, I don't know for sure what it is yet but I can tell it's going to be BAD, I'm not getting near the miles as last tank. My driving style hasn't changed. Any suggestions?...should I shy away from the big truck stops from now on? The dealer said they filled it up at a Mom and Pop station not far from the dealership. thanks! Sorry if these are easy questions but this is 100% new to me.
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Hello All! Just bought a 2000 PSD F-250 4x4, love the truck, it's my first truck and it's my first diesel. I'm learning a ton here but have a question. Are there any known fuel stations out there that you should stay away from? My dealer filled up the tank when I bought the truck and on that tank on the freeway going 65 to 70 I got just over 21 mpg and was ecstatic. I filled it up at a large Citgo truck stop last week and now the mileage has dropped into the basement, I don't know for sure what it is yet but I can tell it's going to be BAD, I'm not getting near the miles as last tank. My driving style hasn't changed. Any suggestions?...should I shy away from the big truck stops from now on? The dealer said they filled it up at a Mom and Pop station not far from the dealership. thanks! Sorry if these are easy questions but this is 100% new to me.
how are you checking the mpg's. maybe the trip meter wasnt reset when the dealer filled it up..
shouldnt have a problem with station to station fill ups, i try to get mine at stations that sell more of it, get fresher fuel that way.
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Old 06-18-2006, 12:55 PM
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I'm just dividing the number of gallons into the miles driven. You're right, maybe the trip meter wasn't zeroed completely. I'll drive it a few more tanks to set a baseline and go from there. On the bright side, if it's getting bad mileage it'll give me an excuse to give to the wife as to why I need to add a cold air intake and chip/tuner!
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Old 06-19-2006, 02:40 PM
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Well I think I found the problem...maybe, you guys tell me. The gauge was about a needles width from being on empty today so I filled it up until it clicked and then put about another gallon in it. It would only hold not quite 21 gallons of fuel....is this correct? I thought these trucks had much bigger fuel tanks than that.
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:14 PM
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you can get about 3-4 more gallons in it once the pump clicks off. the fuel foams up a little while filling. there is a mod that is supposed to help reduce that problem, i think it involves cutting the overflow return line that goes into the tank a little shorter. only heard of the mod, never heard if it works..
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21 Gallons??? That doesn't seem right! When my low fuel light comes on, mine will usually take about 32 gallons + ....
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Exactly, that's what I thought. Something is wacky with my fuel gauge. If I bought a heavy duty truck and it only had a 22 gallon tank I'd take it back and say it's defective! I filled it up yesterday probably about 1 gallon past when it clicked off and after only 25 miles it had dropped down 1/8 of a tank already! I've drove 70 miles so far and it's below 3/4 of a tank. I think when it says Empty there's still actually like 10+ gallons left in there. When I filled up I had 430 miles on the trip meter and it took 21 gallons to top it off. Anyone ever replaced the fuel gauge components before? Is it a tough job?
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I had an 01 SB ext cab and it only had a 25 gal tank. The 06 Crew Cab I ahve now only has a 29gal.
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After the pump clicks off, wait a couple of seconds then finish filling the tank....r e a l l y s l o w..... you can shove in an extra 5 gallons at least.
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Fuel Tank

Hey I Have A 2000 Crew Cab Short Bed Its Listed @ 19gal
I Have Put Upto 24+ In It And The Long Beds I Believe Are 38gal
On The 7.3l
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