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    Well, the old one started popping GFCI outlet over the summer and not heating w/o GFCI in place. I finally got around to installing a new one. The element and new cord were $57 iirc from powerstrokeshop.com. I'll re-use the cord jus 'cause I don't wanna mess w/it right now.

    The Ford install instructions are hilarious. It is literally a series of cartoon images - not a single word! I guess thats 'universal language. Anyway, unplug wire from element and unscrew element w/29mm socket. With the new one in other hand, quickly yank out old and install new - minimizing coolant loss. (I only lost maybe a pint!).

    Here's the new stuff:


    Close up of new element (came w/sealant already on):


    1000 watts/120 volts:


    Wonder why the old didn't work?


    I am suspicious that this demise could be related to VO in coolant. Long story, but a failed in-tank HE allowed some coolant in VO and vice-versa. I drove about 5 miles before discovering it and spent weeks trying to eradicate the VO from cooling system. This happened in winter and it is very likely I used the block heater while some VO was still present in coolant. Some of the black stuff looks just like what would be on an element used to heat VO...
    2001 F350 XLT 4x4, dually flatbed. 6637 air filter, single-shot injectors, straight-piped, BTS tunes, 200 gal main VO tank - 180k greasy miles
    2000 Excursion Limited 4x4. V3, AIS intake, BTS trans & tunes - 120k VO miles
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    nasty stuff- So the cooling system should be contaminate free now?
    Y2K Excursion 4X4 limited 7.3, 6" lift, 35" Rubbers, Jonathan Tuned, Single Shots, 38R, DI Up-Pipes, CoolingMist Vari-Cool Water/Meth Injection, Aftermarket Intake, 5 Isspro Gauges, Vegistroke V3, 30 Gal Frame Mounted Tank, GOT GREASE?


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    • #3
      Good to know it is an easy install... and relatively cheap too.

      My first impression was VO as well...
      Vegistrokin since 08/23/08

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      • #4
        Only a pint loss? Thats cool....was most of that in your armpit?

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        • #5
          How long did it take you to install? Is 1000 watts stock? Are there choices in wattage? Did you have your truck on a lift or work underneath from the floor? - Patrick

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lancaster,pa View Post
            How long did it take you to install? Is 1000 watts stock? Are there choices in wattage? Did you have your truck on a lift or work underneath from the floor? - Patrick
            Good questions Patrick...I was wondering the same thing myself. I've considered swapping mine out since I sometimes wonder if it's even working...
            Greasin & Grinin
            Vegi oil powered since Aug 08
            2006 F-250 PSD - CC, Lariat, 4X4 - Vegistroke converted 1/27/13!!
            2008 F-250 PSD - CC, Lariat, 4X4 - Sold
            2005 F-250 PSD - CC, Lariat, 4X4 - Sold

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            • #7
              Clay, you are correct.

              I did it on the floor in garage. I did lift it a few inches so the bucket for collecting coolant would fit. Um, I don't think it took 5 minutes - seriously. It would take probably another 15 minutes to change the cord, if ya stopped alot for beer breaks!:chuckles:

              If you plug it in and its not HOT to the touch in just a few minutes - I'd say somethings wrong. Just touch the housing for it, above the oil filter.

              As far as operation, I found little difference between 4 hrs and all nite when it was 20-30*F. I use a timer set for a few hours before I leave in AM.
              2001 F350 XLT 4x4, dually flatbed. 6637 air filter, single-shot injectors, straight-piped, BTS tunes, 200 gal main VO tank - 180k greasy miles
              2000 Excursion Limited 4x4. V3, AIS intake, BTS trans & tunes - 120k VO miles
              veggiegarage.com authorized installer

              RIP X & Toyhauler - you served us well.

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