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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-18-2012, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Water in fuel light on

The dash light has been flickering on. Sometimes stays on, sometimes stays off. I did a search here and learned how to drain the water by sliding the "yellow" handle below the fuel filter bowl to one side. I did that and heard gurgling as obviously fuel or water was draining out somewhere.

Drove the truck and for the first 5 or 10 minutes no "water in fuel" indicator then it began flickering on again.
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Re: Water in fuel light on

Sounds like you have gotten water in your fuel. Try draining it again and changing the fuel filter. You may have to do it a few times to get the water out.

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Re: Water in fuel light on

Drain the fuel bowl inro a glass jar when you do it (the end of the tube is on the front passenger side of the motor). Let it sit and you should see the water and fuel separate out. As mentioned it can take a number of drainings to get rid of it. Cheers!

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Re: Water in fuel light on

Thanks for the feedback. I drained more out. Bad news is that I also drained a half tank of fuel on my way to work. Good news is that the light is now off.

I cannot tell where the fuel is draining to. I can only hear it. The yellow lever on my truck moves from 3 oclock to 9 oclock. In both extremes I can hear it draining so I put the lever to what I thought was the middle but apparently it was still draining. I read here somewhere that the 7 oclock position is "open". So I moved my lever to what looks like 6 oclock and I think the leak has stopped. I fueled up and drove to work and have not had a chance to look at it again but I will check out that passenger's side for the drain.
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Re: Water in fuel light on

Ok. So its obvious where the fuel drains when the engine is running. Turns out the yellow lever needs to be in the 7 oclock to be OFF.

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Re: Water in fuel light on

It'd be a good thing too, if you removed the bowl completely and cleaned out any sediment. Could be algae or the fuel tank liner that's sitting in the bottom of the bowl. The extended flush (while driving to work) may have gotten most of it out, perhaps not all of it though.

On my 95, mostly likely all OBS' too, at the bottom of the drain lever you'll have a 5/16's rubber hose that connects to a steel line. The steel line comes down the front passenger side of the motor. At the end of this steel line, you can add another rubber hose so when you drain the bowl you can catch the fuel to check for contaminants... and, so it doesn't just drain onto the shop floor, driveway, etc, etc.

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