WATER…you find it in more places than you think! The problem seems to come around every monsoon season – Trucks that run rough, smoke, stall, do not start, and have fuel leaks and so on…. Some of this is related to water contaminating the fuel system. The newer trucks with common rail injection systems seem to suffer the worst. Whether it’s entrained water (emulsified), water from your favorite fuel station, or even DEF fluid (water based), fuel tanks are coming in to the shop with a lot of different contamination issues.
Fuel Injection pumps these days are creating around 29000 psi of fuel pressure for the injectors so water in these situations is very harmful since it is not a lubricant. Once water is pressurized through the tiny tolerances of the pump, and also injector’s, damage will occur.
This damage can be over time, it can also be on a hot restart after you stop at a job site, your doctor’s office or circle K for that matter. Fuel additives are becoming more and more important these days, along with proper water separation which the factory is lacking on.
Strictly Diesel can help with this. We have a pre-pump kit that can be modified to fit your vehicle. The kit shown below is for 99-03 7.3L trucks.
Our universal bracket and filter head can be made to fit most trucks. If our options do not work, we have to ability to pull from other manufacturers in the country to get your truck what it needs to prevent water from reaching your engine.