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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Fuel bowl heater

Looking for some input on replacing/repairing my fuel bowl heater any tips does/don't would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 04:03 AM
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Re: Fuel bowl heater

Here goes (the basic steps):

Drain the fuel Bowl and remove the cap and filter.
Remove the black plastic standpipe using a 7/8" crows-foot wrench (note that the standpipe is LEFTHAND THREADED).
Disconnect the small spade connector inside the fuel bowl (driver's side) and pull out the heater (the plate with the wire on it ... or off it as the case may be)
Replace the heater making sure the little tab on the plate will keep the plate from rotating when the standpipe is tightened. Plug in the spade connector.
Reinstall the standpipe, filter and cap. Done!

You can also replace the normal OBS-style plate/wire with the SuperDuty-style element as it is less prone to failure (recommended). Part numbers:

Fuel Heater Element
OBS Style: (Ford) F5TZ-9J294-A (94-97), (International) 1825186C91 (may not work, need to check)
SuperDuty Style: (Ford) F81Z-9J294-AA, (International) 1831196C92, (Dorman) 904-210
(requires some minor mods to fuel bowl to remove an inner rib, but supposedly the Dorman part does not require the mod and is probably much less expensive)


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 04:06 AM
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Re: Fuel bowl heater

Most fellas "repair" it by decommissioning it. Just unplug it. The engine was designed at a time when fuel was not nearly as stable at low temperatures as it is today, and waxing/gelling was a real issue. Nowadays, most folks just make sure they use good quality fuel, use an additive esp. in the winter, and they don't worry about the fuel heater.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 03:36 PM
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Re: Fuel bowl heater

Mine started at 19 below last winter without the heater plugged in. Mine shorted out probably ten years ago and has been unplugged since then.

As said, stick with quality fuel and you don't need it.
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Re: Fuel bowl heater

Most guys with electric fuel conversions aren't running a heater of any kind, either. You can just unplug it, you'll be fine.

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Re: Fuel bowl heater

Thanks everybody for the information, not sure what Im going to do at this point as far as removing or replacing. Thanks Patrick for the part numbers a big help.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 03:43 PM
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Re: Fuel bowl heater

If you do decide not to use it, it doesn't have to be removed. Just unplug it.
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