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Old 02-24-2012, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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replacing fuel bowl heater

I need to replace the fuel bowl heater in the early 99 psd. have the new one in hand.

now wondering about replacement procedures and if there are O Rings or what to seal up the wire entry point.

If you can stear me to a how to I would appreciate it.

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If all you are doing is pulling the heater, you just pull the wires on the inside with needle nose pliers. You don't have to pull the WIF sensor / heater connector off the bowl. The heater has two #20 TORX screws holding it down. Pull those out, pull out the heater, and replace.

Keep one finger on that black "tower" in the center - it can pop up once the heater is loose. If it does come apart, you can just put it back together when you go to reinstall. There are some pictures in this link: http://www.dieselorings.com/docs/FuelBowlRebuild.pdf
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thanks RT, a pic is worth a thousand words.
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I was having a problem with fuse #22 on my 97 PSD and this thread helped me narrow it down to the fuel bowl heater. I drained the fuel in the bowl and unplugged the heater, changed out the filter (which was due) and the truck started without blowing the fuse. Now on to the issue. My heater does not look like the one in the link. It has a hex attachment at the bottom of the black tower and looks like a slotted plate that goes round the circumference of the bottom of the bowl. The little wire hasps were shorted out so I knew I had my culprit right when I drained the fuel. How do I get to that hex nut with the tower in the way?...it's deeper than my deepest socket from the looks of it. Thanks, Ben (Sullied Diesel)
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Sullied - you will likely get more help if you start a new post in the antique truck section - Power Strokes 1994-1997 General - Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com
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I was having a problem with fuse #22 on my 97 PSD and this thread helped me narrow it down to the fuel bowl heater. I drained the fuel in the bowl and unplugged the heater, changed out the filter (which was due) and the truck started without blowing the fuse. Now on to the issue. My heater does not look like the one in the link. It has a hex attachment at the bottom of the black tower and looks like a slotted plate that goes round the circumference of the bottom of the bowl. The little wire hasps were shorted out so I knew I had my culprit right when I drained the fuel. How do I get to that hex nut with the tower in the way?...it's deeper than my deepest socket from the looks of it. Thanks, Ben (Sullied Diesel)
Fuel bowl is different on the OBS trucks. There was something I recall about the center post being left handed threads to remove. You can probably unscrew the center post with some water pump pliers. Check with the guys down in the 94-97 Powerstroke General Forum.
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If a '94 PSD is an antique, what's that make the IDI?

Sullied: all the information that I have access to shows the same heater that RT linked to. Kevin mentioned that you may have to remove the center piece..
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Thanks all, I saw on one of the parts sites that the thread was left hand...saved me a bit of grouching. I'll assume the newer heater superseded the plate type and will fit my bowl because several sites list it for the older trucks as well. Thanks again for all your help, this one thread saved me from having to flatbed it to the diesel guru's for a 15 minute job.
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does the fuel filter housing need to be removed to replace the fuel bowl heater?
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Not at all. Two bolts and a push on wire. The directions are on this page - http://www.dieselorings.com/1999-200...r-element.html

They are for the full fuel bowl rebuild, but you can just do the part that pertains to the truck you are working on. This does NOT apply to the truck in your signature. This is for the 99-03 7.3 engine. If you are talking about your 06, you'll need to post that question to the 6.doh experts.
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Your post is in the 99 and up to 2003 7.3 PSD. If your 6.0 fuel bowl is the same as the 99 up, then it's a simple matter to change the heater. Pull the filter out, see two screws at the bottom, disconnect the two wires with needle nose, I don't think you have to pull the center tower out, if you do, it may be left hand threads. Did mine (99) two yrs. ago so don't remember. IIRC the two screws were #20 torx.
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Actually I was working on a shop truck. Its a early 99. The 6.0 dosent have a fuel bowl heater btw. The element came out easily. Two t20 torx bolts. I got 4 of the glow plugs done today and should rap up the other half tomorrow. Hopefully she will be good as new when im done
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