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James, Ford Technician
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Experience:  Ford Senior Master Tech, Ford gas and diesel expert, ASE Certified
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2007 6.0 ... ran out of fuel.... put in 10 gallons. wont

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2007 6.0 ... ran out of fuel.... put in 10 gallons. wont start
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: no start
JA: What is the model of your '07 Ford?
Customer: f 550 dump
JA: Are you fixing your 550 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: just told u
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no 5?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Gary replied 11 months ago.

Hi there,

Are you sure it ran out of fuel?

There could be another reason for why it stopped.

It could be fuel pump failure, or some other electronic reason.

First thing to do now is scan the vehicle for codes.


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
yea my guy told me low fuel light was on prior and then took down a hill.... I scanned and got nothing
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Gary replied 11 months ago.

Have you tried some ether or starter fluid in the throttle body to see if it will start on that?


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
as an ASE mechanic you know you are not supposed to do that...can u put me in touch with someone who knows ford diesels
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Gary replied 11 months ago.

Oh, sorry it is a diesel.

Would have been nice to mention that first.

Have you cycled the ignition key on for 5 seconds, off for 5 seconds about half dozen times to reprime the low pressure side prior to the high pressure pump?


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I did say gas 6.0.. I did cycle the key as you requested... killed battery....I am going back tomorrow....should I fill fuel bowl on top?
Expert:  Gary replied 11 months ago.

I would say you need a good battery now.

I will opt out now, another tech will be with you shortly.


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
please send a diesel guy//// there are 2 batteries in a diesel
Expert:  James replied 11 months ago.

Hello, different guy here. Once the batteries are charged up turn the key on and see if you here the fuel pump on the frame rail running. When this vehicle runs out of fuel it is common for the fuel pump to burn up from the heat. If you prime the system and the fuel filter housing doesn't fill up the fuel pump is bad. The fuel pumps will still usually run and just quit building pressure. The only way to know for sure is to test fuel pressure at the top filter housing. It is a 6mm allen plug and the fitting size is 12mm x 1.5 with an oring on the end. If you don't have 45PSI minimum the vehicle isn't going to start and run well.