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Old 03-12-2011, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WATER IN FUEL WONT RUN!!help!!

i went to the car wash today to get excess oil off truck from winter oil spray, left the truck running while i washed it, noticed it starting to chug and sputter after a while
got in it and drove home, didnt seem to have any issues..
the light started to bug me in the back of my head so i desiced to throw some additive in it, and go put 20 bucks in the tank
on my way home i lose the peddle completly and she starts to smoke like crazy
now, it wont start but if it does start it blows white smoke all over the place and only runs for a seccond then dies

PLEASEE HELP ME!!!
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well there is water in the fuel i just had the same prob, i was almost on E though but i would change the fuel filter and try to drain the tank, water in fuel can cause lots of white smoke
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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well there is water in the fuel i just had the same prob, i was almost on E though but i would change the fuel filter and try to drain the tank, water in fuel can cause lots of white smoke
but would that help with the starting issues?
it dosnt seem to make any sense to me, there is no way there is enough water in there for it to not start after blowing that much white smoke...
also, is there a manual pump on the fuel system i could pump when the finter is off to see if that could help at all
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Drain the Fuel filter and have a catch bucket... take a look at the fuel....or water that comes out....
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Drain the Fuel filter and have a catch bucket... take a look at the fuel....or water that comes out....
and what am i looking for when checking the draind fluid?
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You're looking for water. Fuel will float on water, and you'll be able to see what looks like a bubble of water underneath the fuel if there is water. If so, you'll be best served to drop the fuel tank and clean it out with rags. That's what I'd do, anyway.
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I agree with previous. Pour into a covered glass jar, put the lid on & let stand. Typically you'll see a swirling at first but it will separate oil floats on the water, exactly! I used to work at a boat marina & used this trick to eliminate water in fuel as a problem.
Check the air filter to be sure you don't have a swimming pool you're sucking in.
It may also be that you got water into the electronics somewhere. I also worked in marine electronics shop. If you can find the problem, alcohol on Q-tips will remove it without residue.

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Don`t know if you washed the engine but I am told to never wash a hot engine at anytime as it can crack the block and Did you cover the electrical boxes with a walmart bag and filter boxes etc. the engine should be cold and everything covered that should be covered.
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Don`t know if you washed the engine but I am told to never wash a hot engine at anytime as it can crack the block and Did you cover the electrical boxes with a walmart bag and filter boxes etc. the engine should be cold and everything covered that should be covered.
the engine bay was washed, but the engine wasnt completly hot, and the water being used was warm water..
im just having no luck at all with this truck and starting to get really pissed off, couldnt seem to get the fuel filter off, even with a filter tool, and not i cant find the filter tool...

soon to be giving up on this cummins
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so i tried again today to get it running, changed the air filter, drained the fuel filter, wasnt any water to be seen in it yet the water in fuel light is on, replaced the fuel in the filter...
it started once, smoked like crazy(all white smoke with a hint of grey) then died and wouldnt start again

im out of ideas, out of patience and really really pissed off..
if anyone could please help it would be really appreciated
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i think we may have figured it out
steel line that runs on the inside of the frame from the tank to the filter had a small pin hole and was spitting out diesel and mist have been sucking in to much air..

if anyone has ideas for places to get my hands on a line because it dosnt seem like i could make my own.. and dont really want to go to dodge for it because they will charge me an arm and a leg..
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You might have gotten water in the water in fuel senser plug on the filter housing. If the fuel you drained from the separator does not have water in it, that may be a blind.
Did you wipe off the sensor when you changed the fuel filter/seperator?
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