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spinlocker
01-10-2003, 04:41 PM
This is my first Ram diesel, so I'm being careful until I learn this beast. I've had her for 3300 miles now.<br><br>At 1000, just for trying, I flipped the water trap lever out. No water dripped out the clear tube.<br><br>At 2000, same thing, same results. Same around 2500. Same around 3000. The 'warning light' has not lit yet.<br><br>I can't believe, with where I fill this thing up at, I haven't gotten &quot;trashy&quot; diesel (ie, backroad country convience stores), and I run the tank less than half full most of the time.<br><br>Heads Up, Warriors! You may wanna check out this TSB on http://dodgeram.info/tsb/index.html<br><br>Under group 14, TSB 14-005-02<br><br>It isn't listed as applying to the 3rd generations trucks, but....<br><br>Symptom is 'when the fuel filter/water separator drain valve is opened, nothing comes out'.<br><br>Here is the &quot;repair&quot; procedure. IMO, this fixes the symptom, but not the problem:<br><br>Put a drain pan under the clear tube with the engine off. Open the drain lever. Turn the ignition on for 2 seconds. This will purge the fluid out of the separator into the clear hose. Flip the lever back and forth several times. If it still doesn't drain properly, do the procedure over again.<br><br>My truck responded to this. I can now see water draining when I open the lever. This lever is located on my machine (2003 HO) on the driver's side toward the front of the truck, just below the hose attachments to the diesel filter housing.<br><br>What sayeth ye, amigos?<br><br>

UTAH
01-10-2003, 05:51 PM
&quot;What sayeth ye, amigos?&quot;
- Spinlocker

I say - If in doubt, check it out. Can't hurt, eh? ;D

I've given up checking for water and just drain the fuel bowl when I change the oil now. I must be getting good, water-free fuel where I live 'cause I've yet to find water. And, that's considering I'm on my 6th diesel (3 Cummins, 1 PSD, and 2 VWs) and I've put many thousands of miles on 'em.

Best to y'all
Bill :)

Commatoze
01-10-2003, 05:52 PM
I buy my diesel from &quot;Jack's Gas&quot; ::) in my little town, and have nearly 25,000 on her, and have yet to see the light come on. I don't think it's a common occurance, and I wouldn't worry too much about it.

phox_mulder
01-10-2003, 06:01 PM
I had that exact problem when I first got mine.<br>Eventually gave up checking.<br><br>Had it into the dealer 3 times, for other things (oil change, bad injection pump) and each time they &quot;couldn't duplicate problem&quot;<br><br>I'm thinking a vaccum is created in the cannister, therefore nothing comes out unless you break that vaccum by letting the lift pump run for a bit.<br><br>I still haven't had any water come out, I drain it every now and then into a 20oz plastic diet coke bottle and let it sit for a while to let the water seperate (will go to the bottom, as diesel floats on water) and haven't seen anything yet.<br><br>phox

bulabula
01-10-2003, 06:15 PM
What a timely post. <br><br>When the truck was new, I drained it for the first time just to see how its done, and everything checked out fine. Last week I tried it and nothing came out. Hmmmm? I wasn't overly concerned since the truck is running fine. I figured it was as easy as opening the valve and turning the pump on.<br><br>Again, thanks.