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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-15-2007, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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This mornin' while lettin the truck warm up, It died. I checked and sure enough fuse #30 was blown again. No WTS light when tryin to start it up. after burnin up 3 more fuses,came in here and read about 200 posts about good ole #30.I unplugged the fuel heater thingy from the fuel bowl. Replaced #30 and she fired right up nice and smooth. Now here is the question,,,,,how important are these fuel heaters and can they be replaced or fixed or just forgotton about???? In this neck of the woods we can get into sub-zero temps. last winter we saw -14 degrees F. What y'all think??



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Re: fuel heater

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I have heard, that if you have a good glow plug system, it will do good without it. A new heater is over a hundred bucks when I checked. I disconected mine last fall the first time it went below 50. Never missed it in our frigid Texas winters. Like I said, if your glow plug system is working good, and you are running good winter blend, I think you will be fine. IIRC, the fuel bowl heater helps with gelling.

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I have heard, that if you have a good glow plug system, it will do good without it. A new heater is over a hundred bucks when I checked. I disconected mine last fall the first time it went below 50. Never missed it in our frigid Texas winters. Like I said, if your glow plug system is working good, and you are running good winter blend, I think you will be fine. IIRC, the fuel bowl heater helps with gelling.
I do not think it will do anything to prevent gelling but it might keep the fuel in the bowl warm enough so water that is frozen in the fuel will melt and separate without plugging the filter.

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Re: fuel heater

I have a new in the package fuel heater if you need one. PM me.

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Re: fuel heater

My truck ran funny with the fuel bowl heater unplugged. Most say it doesn't affect their truck, but I plugged mine in due to how it ran.

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Tom,, PM sent--thanx

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Re: fuel heater

What the heater does is melt any waxy gel that will plug injectors. Diesel can gel in very cold temps. I think there is enough heat once the engine has some warmth, the heater isn't needed. Most do without the heater fine.

I replaced mine anyway with the Super Duty element on Joats website. From International it's about $45.



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UPDATE-------Thanx to Tom S. for gettin me a new fuel heater. I went and got what I needed to modify the fuel bowl per Joat's website. Took off the fuel bowl last night, and son-of-a-***** if it didn't just drop right in without any modification to the bowl!!!! The hardest part was gettin the wire lead turned to hook back up. Any way,, THanx Tom and all for the help. Ted

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Glad it was a nice easy repair. Might be a great spot to post up that International part number.

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Now that I have dug it outa the trash,,,,,
International Part no 1831196C92 (made in the USA)
great idea Tom,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Ted

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