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P0263 code, -2 outside, airdog II

I think I've gelled up again. This time throwing the code listed above after truck started to die after trying to drive. It starts fine, idled for about 10-15 minutes, tried to drive and it started to lose power and chug. Fuel was treated with RevX winter and Archoil. I've gelled up twice before and have never thrown this code. I noticed the other day when I started it about 16 degrees without block heater plugged in it started lopping. Eventually it stopped and ran fine. No codes then. I'm gonna change filters and run some diesel 911 through it. Do you think gelled fuel code cause the code? I'm at 109,000 miles on original injectors. Thx. Levi.

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Your injectors should be good. I have 130,000 miles on mine and they are going strong. This code is for a faulty number 1 injector or a bad contribution from #1 injector. A clogged injector would cause this. I would do what you propose.

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I left it plugged in. I'm gone until Thursday so I'll change the filters and add some 911. I need to figure out how to keep from gelling so easily. The Air Dig has a 2 micron filter. What was the stock set up? I saw lots of 6.0s running around today. Some looked like they had been parked outside and not in a heated garage. What effect will tuning have in cold starts? I'm running Grarheads SRL+.

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I think the stock filters are 10 on the rail and 5 on the engine.

Get some of your fuel and do a cloud test with it in a sealed container in a deep freeze. It was 14 today here and I always use PS white bottle in the winter and get the same "premium" diesel from a local place that is claimed to be treated with Shaeffers. I use Archoil and white bottle. In original or metal container.........

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Warmed up to 10 today over here also. Not using anything but AR6200 and treated pump fuel.

My early 03' has the HFCM heater element, they eliminated this feature on later yr models, not sure why, as it seems like it should be a must have function on all yr models.

Bottom line is, the winterized ulsd no.2 fuel is not up to spec for the climate conditions in many regions of the country.

For Levi's issue, if the Airdog 2 micron system is mounted near or where the HFCM is/was, then it will gel much easier and sooner than the stock 10 micron setup. Need to heat that Airdog filtration setup somehow.

I use these...http://www.wildbeaks.com/Farm-Innova...CzsBoCqBrw_wcB
in the barn stall water tanks, they keep the ice from forming and are flexable and able to wrap around a device like the Airdog dual canisters. Would just need some type of power inverter like one f these...http://www.ebay.com/sch/Power-Inverters-/58020/i.html
to run the heater power cord.

There are probably many other ways to heat the Airdog system, but I believe that is likely the root cause of why your fuel is gelling prematurely in comparison to other 6.0L trucks.

Only time will tell if any injector damage was done once you get the fuel circulating correctly and the engine running as well as possible.

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Harry, they deleted it because of the belief it was causing more of the slime that would build up in the water drain cavity, keeping the WIF light on and reducing the effectiveness of water separation.

Harry is right that the smaller micron filters are more prone to gelling up with the wax under colder temps. Thats why the larger 10 micron filters are typically used at the pumps and the 2 to 5 micron filters up at the motor with or with a fuel heater up there. Racor has/used to have optional fuel filter heaters for their diesel units (had one on my 7.3), but not useable for other manufacturers units.

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Racor rates their secondary furl filter at 2 microns. The Ford spec sheet on the secondary filter states " removal of 98% of particles 4 microns and bigger"

Levi'sford - are you monitoring fuel pressure? Those Airdog pumps have a track record of letting fuel into the motor and apparently the motor's brushes aren't all that sturdy.

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Too late to edit my post above, hate you can't do that.

My filter was not a Racor but a Dahl, popular at the time, and you could get a 2, 10 or 30 micron filters. The guys who got the 2 micron used to gel up.

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I just ordered a 10 micron filter for the Airdog on the frame. The system still retains the OEM filter up top. I'll see if that works. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have a chance to run some 911 through it and see if the injectors are ok. Aside from a hard start, rough idle, and an obvious code is there anything I should watch for to indicate possible injector damage? Sees a lot of folks have injector issues, but we've never replaced one on the 3 6.0s we've had. We do regular maintenance though. Thanks again.

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I'd be a little concerned about the cylinder 1 imbalance/contribution code as I'm having a hard time seeing fuel gelling causing that. Any chance of getting a fuel system pressure reading off that regulated return system?

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