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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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I started my 7.3 went to back it out and it stalled. Tried starting again, i cant hear the fuel pump turn on. The #30 fuse is blown, and the truck will not start. I put another fuse in it, truck started then stalled, fuse is blown again. Is the heater element shorting the fuse or is it the fuel pump? Can i disconnect the harness for the element and it will be ok to drive, meaning will it stall on me again with this disconnected?
And if it is the element how do i change it out?

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#30 blowing is definitely the heater element. It will be perfectly fine to unplug it and drive it that way. You might want to change it out before next winter - use the updated version available here:

Replacement O-rings for Ford Diesel Engines

Be aware that unplugging the heater also disables your water in fuel, so make sure and drain your bowl at each oil change. Tape the loose connector just to prevent accidental bouncing around and possible shorting out.

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Im with RT, just unplug it for the time being and follow up on what RT said to do to fix it

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There is also a thread with good pics and info for fixing the element if it's broken and that's the problem. Just do a search.

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That would probably be this one: http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/...-fixed-239318/

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