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Old 07-12-2005, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

Gang,

I've got 1K on my 2005 and I thought it was about time to find out how to drain the water from the Fuel Filter Water Separator.

I know where the filter is (under driver's side rail) however the Powerstroke Diesel owners guide Supplement illustrates the draining procedure including a 'drain lever' that I cannot locate. I see clearly what they are talking about in the illustration but there ain't no lever there.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

There isn't a lever.You need a 6mm allen wrench and a bucket.Lossen the fuel cap and remove the plug on the HFCM , it looks brass.Let the fuel drain until it stops,about a pint or so will come out.Put the plug back and close the fuel cap and start the motor.Be careful not to cross thread the plug and don't over tighten.Your ready to go hopefully another 3-4000 miles at least.Good luck and wear an old shirt.
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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

Is draining this thing a regular procedure? I know there is a light and all but you mentioned 3000-4000 miles? I have 4600 on my rig now. Should I be expecting a warning soon?
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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

The light works well. I will usually drain mine once between filter changes. I really have not seen a large amount. However, if I travel in a new area, with new fueling stations, I will do a drain just to check. I always use the same dealers when I fill up, so I know the quality.
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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

It derpends on how much water you are buying allong w/ your fuel! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

Just from my truck We purchased it w/ 32000mi it now has 39000mi so thats at least 7000 w/o draining it. It will be drained however for sure at 42000 when I am going to change the filters out.
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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

I drain mine once a month, but that's probably way too often. Still, it doesn't hurt anything either. It is also less messy if you have the front of the truck pointed slightly downhill. I drive the rear tires up on some 2X8 boards. Be sure to remove the fuel cap. A pint or two of fuel should drain before it stops flowing so don't panic. I also wear some surgical gloves for jobs like this.
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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

If you have a 4x4, the driveshaft is in the way. Cut the allen wrench down to 1/2 inch long so you can clear the DS, it's much easier. Also, don't park over anything you don't want fuel on. It's messy.
I drain mine at each oil change, 5K.
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Re: Draining water from 2005 6.0L HFCM

A ball-end hex key (like Bondhus Ball-Drivers) works great on 4x4s. You can go over the driveshaft to get to the plug.

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