A fuel filter combined with a fuel strainer at your fuel pump can help keep debris out of your fuel lines and the rest of your fuel delivery system. A sudden loss of power without warning would very likely have resulted in loss of control of the vehicle, severe bodily injury, or death. . The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. Dealer observation was that they observed no significant water or debris contamination in the fuel filter. Dealer says def pump error code. Owners of these trucks tow trailers frequently with lengths in excess of 36'.
Note that no indication that anything was wrong with the truck was observed prior to the failure. Sudden loss of power steering and brakes without warning under this intended use is extremely dangerous. The failure mileage was 17,500. If you are experiencing issues with fuel delivery, check the fuel filter. Two weeks prior, this vehicle was towing a 14K lb 5th wheel down the santiam pass in Oregon. I think Ford should issue a service bulletin.
Dealer submitted pictures of the flow control valve to Ford warranty prior approval per service manual directions. Filters maintained per maintenance schedule. Your fuel filter is located between your fuel pump and fuel inlet. Steep inclines, sharp drop offs, and snow on the road. This restricts the flow of fuel, which can cause sluggish acceleration and stalling. No water in fuel indication was ever seen by owner.
Dealer diagnosed lack of fuel pressure and they observed metal shavings in the lower filter indicating the hpfp was disintegrating. The truck is equipped with a factory 5th wheel hitch and is intended to haul up to 21. With time, or from dirty fuel or rust in the gas tank, a fuel filter can clog. The contact expressed concerns over the fuel pump being positioned out in the open. Warranty coverage was denied without any observation of the fuel pump itself. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that the fuel tank was leaking.
Prior approval response was that the pictures submitted were representative of fuel contamination and denied the warranty coverage for the repair. We also carry fuel lines, hoses, and fuel pumps for all of your fuel delivery needs. The cover was damaged on the driver's side, so fuel was leaking all over the frame and running boards. This diesel truck was being driven at 20 mph when without any warning, the engine shut off resulting in loss of all power steering and brakes. It filters sediment and debris from the fuel to keep your fuel injectors or carburetor jets from clogging. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, where the contact was informed that an object from the road pierced the lower fuel pump cover.
If it is dirty or clogged, it should be replaced. Dealer states truck will shut down at any time. . . .
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