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Old 10-28-2009, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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fuel heater replacement

hey guys my fuel heater has been disconnected for a while now and i have been considering running wmo or wvo so i want to replace the heater to help heat the fuel. i know the element is in fuel bowl but any hints on replaceing would be helpful thanks!!!!
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The stand pipe is a left hand thread ....
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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AND the sucker is plastic , so don't do the Rambo on it . . . 1/4 past snug should be OK . . .
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Those things are incredibly expensive so be careful. They are pretty tough though. 7/8" crows foot to remove IIRC.
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Me thinks you shouldnt rely on the fuel bowl heater alone, considering all the fuel in the lines and tank.
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So true! I've read a few disaster stories regarding the subject.
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I replaced mine twice, and the third time I just said heck with it and left it out of the circuit. Even in Colorado at 20 below zero no problems. I'm much more worried about that piece of crap shorting, blowing the fuse and sitting in the middle of 90mph interstate traffic with no start. Talk about a recall that should be done, could result in a very dangerous situation to say the least. In SC you don't need it. What it does, which I'm sure most know, but just to reinterate is heat the bowl to keep the filter from clogging with ice in extreme cold weather. It does no more, no less. If you don't have extreme cold and use fuel which is Winterized, which I believe all is in the Winter, the heater has no benefit. It's not like a thermostat that keeps the fuel at temperatures for improved performance ect. Engine doesn't know or care if fuel is 100 degrees or 10 below as long as it's not gelled.
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alright guys thanks for the help i will prob just forget about it. ive not had problem with it yet , other than being on side of road when it shorted out. i was just wondering it might would help with burnin waste oil or veggie oil.
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you need a fuel exchange heater. they sell them on ebay but here is one example:
How to make your own heat exchanger
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get the newer one and from intertrashnal its is a lot cheaper
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