I ran my 6.7 out of fuel today like an idiot.... - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 05-11-2018, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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I ran my 6.7 out of fuel today like an idiot....

It was showing about 1/8th of a tank above the red - the miles to empty was still showing 25 when my truck stalled out. I tried cranking it one time after seeing the gauge still showed above E and it started but stumbled and rattled loudly so I shut it back down immediately(1-2 seconds tops).

I correctly deduced that it was likely fuel and got a jerry-can of diesel put in it, then did a couple of key-on cycles of about 10 seconds to let the low pressure pump get primed good. It started right up and has ran perfectly since(10ish miles in town so far).

I was actually about three blocks from my normal-respectable fuel-station which is where I was headed - I don't normally let it get below a quarter tank but I don't trust the podunk stations which I had just driven past. I wish I had now.
I'm concerned that I might have taken some life out of my HP fuel pump or done some other damage that might not show right away.


I do have some things going for me...
The truck has less than 5k miles on it so there shouldn't be a ton of gunk in the tank yet.
I actually drained the water separator 2 days ago - it didn't have any water in it to speak of to possibly be sucked out(I'm not sure it would anyway).
I had a liberal-dose of Stanadyne Performance additive in the fuel that it ran out on...it has the lubricity additive.
Does anyone have any thoughts? I'd love to feel better about it.

At least I now know that the gauge isn't correct on the low end - I expected a 48 gallon tank to have a few gallons as long as it was above E. I'll treat the quarter-tank mark as empty from now on of course.
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Your truck should be fine, since you are using Standyne I would check the separator again for water since Standyne is a demulsifier and you may have sucked up some of the water that will pool at the bottom of the tank. Only 5000 miles, ~10 fuel ups, there shouldnt be much water at all if any since you go to a good fuel retailer
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What happens when you change the fuel filters? No worries at all. Just do the key cycles until you hear the pump is primed. After that DO NOT make running low a reoccurring habit. LOL
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Thanks to both of you for making me feel better and sorry to in general to seem overly concerned and whiney with some of my previous questions.
I've got a lot invested in this truck obviously and have been trying to do my best to baby and take care of it.
It really urked the hell out of me that this happened. I was stalled in heavy city traffic standing there putting fuel in like so many people I looked down my nose at before - thinking they were too cheap to keep fuel in their vehicle.
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Every time you change Fuel Filters, Your truck goes thru this

KoKo and you are good to go, Unlike the old days of having to crack all your injectors open.
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Unlike the old days of having to crack all your injectors open.
Great....just great. Now you tell me this!!!!!! Would have saved me countless hours finding these injectors and going thru the process to purge each line when I changed my filters.

LOL. Sorry....couldn't resist.
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