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Shorted fuel heater - fixed

I repaired the shorted fuel heater in my truck today, so took some photos.

Here's what it looked like.

Notice that the circular wire, which is a hot bus from the connector (barely visible in the upper right) to the three buttons of semi-metallic heater element on the mounting plate. The wire was originally soldered onto the buttons, but came loose from vibration(?) and the wire slid over and shorted out on the mounting plate.

The post in the middle is held in place by the heater mounting plate. I had read on here that the post is threaded in with left-hand threads, and a crow's-foot wrench was needed, but that wasn't the case. Just the two screws and the electrical connector. Pretty easy fix.

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What did the new heater cost?

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What did the new heater cost?
Lists for right at $30. Got it for $23.

Ford want's $150 list for their equivalent.

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The new fuel heater was from the local International Dealer.

Also thought I'd clarify this, as I've been getting some questions about what it would fit.

I know it will fit a 99.5 7.3L PSD, and since the fuel system remained essentially the same from the Superduty introduction with the 99 model to the changeover to the 6.0L in mid 03, it should fit any 99 and up 7.3L.

I CAN"T say whether it will fit in a 94-97 Powerstroke. It may, but I can't be sure. If you do buy one for that application, be sure they'll let you return it.

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so 183######### is the part number or is the 1P part of the number. I need to do this to my truck as well.

I take it your #30 fuse kept shorting as well.

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so 183######### is the part number or is the 1P part of the number. I need to do this to my truck as well.

I take it your #30 fuse kept shorting as well.
The 1P isn't part of the number on the invoice.

The fuse blew only the one time. I left the shorted fuel heater unplugged till I got a chance to fix it.

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The 1P isn't part of the number on the invoice.

The fuse blew only the one time. I left the shorted fuel heater unplugged till I got a chance to fix it.
I unplugged it before 2 years ago and only for a week and then never had a problem till now. Now it will not start and the #30 30 amp fuse keeps blowing and I cant remember witch plug was for the heater so I can at least see if it is the problem.

Do you have a picture of witch plug it is? If that works again I am going tomorrow to get the new heater

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Thank-you for this post and the pictures. The pictures kind of say it all.
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having the same fun here. mine is a '97. fuse #22 keeps blowing even after disconnecting the heater lead.
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does this apply to only late 90's trucks? If i remember right on my 2002 the heater assembly looked liked the new style. I need to double check when I change filters again.

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Great info. and pics Thank You. I just changed my filter two weeks ago but didn't notice which design was in mine.

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Well that was easy! got it for $23 and installed it in about 30 minutes and that was with changing the drain valve O rings and cleaning the crap out of the bottom of the fuel bowl. There was so much stuff that the only reason the drain valve stopped leaking is cause it was clogged shut.

Good thing the filter is there.

Was yours filled with what looked like very fine sand?

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Was yours filled with what looked like very fine sand?
My filter bowl had a little bit of grit in it, maybe a dozen or so specs. I have a 75 micron pre-pump filter, which probably catches most of the big chunks.

Glad you got it fixed.

finman: It's very possible that Ford/International updated the "wire and buttton" heater style to the heavy duty type by '02. Count yourself lucky if you have that type.

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Thanks Kevin!!!! You started it. I am on my 3rd heater this week. Seems they all went about the same time. Sharon's, then a neighbor and now another guy just called. Hope you don't need another anytime soon cause they are on order.

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