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One of my coworkers drives an early '99 F250. His truck quit running and wouldn't restart on the way home from work yesterday. Had it towed and the local dealer says its a bad fuel heater and will cost $600 to replace. Does this sound right? Why would a shorted fuel heater cause a no run no start condition? I removed the fuel heater off my old 12V Dodge and never had any problems even in the coldest climate. We're working in Ohio right now and he's at the mercy of a local dealer.
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The fuel heater is grounded by the pcm for it to work. A shorted fuel heater will cause a no start condition. You can delete the fuel heater with no problems if the climate isn't too cold.
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In Ohio you are probably on the edge of needing a fuel heater. He could try running without it for a while but it may or may not gel up the filter if it gets extremely cold.

Draining the water out of the filter is even more important when you don't have a working fuel bowl heater.

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truck will run fine without,

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I just had the same problem with mine. Disconnected the fuel heater and it runs fine. The grounded fuel heater will blow f22 under the hood and definitely cause a no start condition. The other guys in the garage walked me through trouble shooting and repairing mine before I had to spring for a tow and repair.
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i had the same problem but i got lucky only the fuse went out you can buy a new fuel bowl heater for 150 bucks or just try to fixs yours... somtimes what happens is the little wire will not be connected on the heater you just need to souder it back on and it should work fine.

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Either way , RUN from that dealer,, and we wish you could have posted this, before it went in,,,
When he goes to pick up the truck, before he starts it, unhook the fuel heater, replace the fuse, 30 with a 30A fuse. Start truck, smile as you leave, (I suppose this still cost him a good 85.00 estimate fee....and the mech probably found it in about 2 minutes...)

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If he decides he needs the heater I'm sure there are plenty of people with complete fuel bowl assemblies laying around that they deleted for a custom fuel system. just post your looking for one in the wanted section I bet you can get one pretty cheep.

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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. Unfortunately he picks up his truck in the morning. We're working 7-12s on night shift here for the next 3 weeks and time/daylight are at a premium. Not to mention the sub-arctic breeze coming off Lake Erie. I'll definitely file this one away for myself however.

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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. Unfortunately he picks up his truck in the morning. We're working 7-12s on night shift here for the next 3 weeks and time/daylight are at a premium. Not to mention the sub-arctic breeze coming off Lake Erie. I'll definitely file this one away for myself however.
Does this mean that he spent 600 bucks to have the dealer put in a new fuel bowl heater?

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