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Old 06-20-2004, 10:41 AM
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Question 2004 6.0 fuel filter change

I changed my fuel filter and the water separator light came on. What do I do?
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Did you drain the water/fuel separator when you changed the filter? Try draining it again. Should let it run for about 25 seconds.
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How do I drain it? I assume it is the allen bolt on the bottom? Do I need to have the eginition to on?
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You need a 6mm hex key. Get a empty 3 liter soft drin bottle and cut the top off to have something to drain it in. Get underneath your truck, with the engine off. With one hand, hold the container under the drain plug. With the other hand, reaching from the top of the HFCM, unscrew the plug using the hex key. It is slow going. If you do it that way it will keep diesel fuel from running down your arm. Let it drain for 25 seconds then put the plug back in. You don't have to tighten it too much, just real snug. Let us know how it goes.

Check your Owners Guide Diesel Supplement. The procedure is in there with a diagram, etc.
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alperez: How many miles an your vehicle?

Never drained water but now changing fuel filter?

Wouldn't / couldn't not draining water cause premature failure of fuel filters or worse?
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You said fuel filter. As in singular (one). It has two. One on the engine and one on the frame under the drivers door. That is where the fuel/water separator is located. Did you change both. Like kw5413 asks, "how many miles on your truck"? Fuel filters should be changed at 15,000 for normal service.
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when you buy a fuel filter from ford you get both and a set of instuctions on how to do the change...they provide that because some people where putting the fuel filter where the oil filter goes ,that what the parts person told me....so if you got the filters from ford you should of been provided the install instructions and change them both out every 15000
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My truck has 16k and I changed both filters and let it drain for 25 seconds. The light only comes on when I start it and not when it is running? Should I drain it again?
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no, it should come on when you first start up for a few seconds. That is the computer going through tests. If it is off when the engine is running after that, it should be ok! It is only if the water in fuel light comes on and stays on. Sounds like you did ok.
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