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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where are they now?



Key Largo in Florida. We lost two days to replace a fuel pump. On the way we stopped and visited friends in Venice. So far so good. Then the diesel fuel line plugged up. It took some doing but in the end we started up the van and ran on the veggie tank. That's all well and good, but the van can only run on veggie when the veggie tank is hot. Once the veggie tank ran low I filled it with diesel.

Then we headed down to Estero and Korashan State Park. After dinner my lovely wife encouraged me to take another look at the diesel lines. I had a little 12 volt compressor for filling up my bike tires. That provided enough pressure to clear the diesel line. After that I went over all the fuel line connections, tightening then all up. Slept better after fixing the problem.

We'd planned on boating on the Estero River, but since we only had one day we decided to tour the historic Korashan community site. The history of the place is pretty interesting and the grounds are beautiful.

Then on to Key Largo. Crossing the Everglades is always interesting. We like to use Rt. 41, the old Tamiami Trail. One time we lost a wheel bearing on the boat trailer crossing the Everglades so I always have that in the back of my mind. This time is was my recent fuel issues that were holding my attention. However, the van ran like a champ and the trip went smoothly.

We checked into a campground and once again I had Internet service. One of the first things I did was some Internet banking. The travel kitty needed feeding, among other things. With funds secured, we did our groceries and then chilled for the rest of the night.

The weather is beautiful and all is well.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. Six, sorry to be off topic here but the fuel pump issue does not appear to be unique to you. I did a little searching and the horror stories I've read shows me Ford has a design problem that they are having even with the 2015 engines. If you want I'd like to look deeper into this fuel pump problem for you for the solution. Send me the year and motor information and if it is a gear or belt driven pump. There seems to be several alternative pumps made that have a 15,000 hour life expectancy. mike.yukon@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Mike! Thanks for your concern. It's a 2001 7.3 turbo powerstroke. The problem is with a low pressure electric pump.

      As it turns out my diesel line was partially plugged, probably for a long time. That might have also pump stress on the pump.

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  2. Maybe things will smooth out from here.

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    1. One can hope. Then again, if everything was too smooth I'd have nothing to write about. :)

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  3. At least you are where it's warm.

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  4. so you had crap in the fuel line from sources of crappy fuels that should of been at least spin filtered before being added to the fuel tank

    oh just enjoy the trip; see your return in 3015

    heh!

    Wildflower

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    1. Try again...Now that you are in the Conch Republic, isn't that supposed to be : The weather is here, wish you were beautiful ?
      And I do wish that I was there ! Though I gotta admit, can't complain much about the weather here either ha us

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    2. Try again...Now that you are in the Conch Republic, isn't that supposed to be : The weather is here, wish you were beautiful ?
      And I do wish that I was there ! Though I gotta admit, can't complain much about the weather here either ha us

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    3. Wish I was beautiful . . . :)

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  6. Good to hear that things are progressing well. I hope the vehicle holds up for you.

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