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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Draining the fuel water separator

When I drain my fuel water separator it just drops about a drop a second with absolutely no water in it.
I have read about people saying you may have to remove it and clean it that crud may build up inside.
How does everyone elses drain? Does it stream out? Is it ever a noticeable amount of water?
Ford just replaced the filters about 5,000 miles ago.
Now my light is coming on and I am starting to wonder if it's the sensor or if it's trapped in there.
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Re: Draining the fuel water separator

It seems that we cant get a definite answer as in how the water seperator is supposed to drain.. Mine always drained by dripping slowly maybe 6 drips ever 30-45 sec. along with others, then others say theirs streams out and doesnt stop till they turn it off, etc

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Re: Draining the fuel water separator

Last time I drained mine it was a stream till I shut the valve.
Thanks for asking, need to go drain it again. Been a few weeks.

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Re: Draining the fuel water separator

I ask because my light keeps coming on and I get zero water out of it.
I hate to bring it to the dealership for just this.


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Re: Draining the fuel water separator

Most likely its gunked up in there. You can try turning the key on with the valve open to force what is blocking it out. I took the pump off my brother in laws truck to clean it. His WIF light was on and it would not drain. It was ridiculous how much crap was built up in there.

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Most likely its gunked up in there. You can try turning the key on with the valve open to force what is blocking it out. I took the pump off my brother in laws truck to clean it. His WIF light was on and it would not drain. It was ridiculous how much crap was built up in there.
How many miles were on it? I'm only at 20k but it is 2 1/2 years old.


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Near 40k I think. Ford wanted to charge him for a new pump because the sensor was bad. A good cleaning, a new 30 dollar gasket, and 30 dollar sensor and he was back going. If you are going to take the cover off to clean it I would suggest to go ahead and buy the gasket that goes behind it, Its not that much and would save some time if yours has stretched.

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I get about 16 OZs every time I drain mine. It stops draining after about 1 minute.

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Mine has the lever broken off. Can you buy just the cover with the lever? Just bought the truck and the light came on, crawled under and lever is not there.
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Re: Draining the fuel water separator

Mine usually drains a pretty good stream too.

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