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Ford F-350 Super Duty Delamination of Diesel Fuel Tank

Ford F-350 Super Duty Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

Exhaust & Emissions Affected: Diesel

Average Mileage: 107,614 mi (11,200 mi - 245,000 mi)


Delamination of the diesel fuel tank can occur resulting in a loss of power due to debris clogging the fuel filters. In some cases the fuel injection pump and/or fuel injectors have also been damaged. Ford has issued a service bulletin (#19728) addressing this concern. This issue can affect all diesel F-350, F-450, F-550, F-650, and F-750 Super Duty models.

  •  Rookie

    2003 E350 7.3L
    Ford diesel fuel tank delamination
    Drop tank, boil, reinstall
    New primary fuel pump
    New tank
    New fuel pump
    Ordered AirDogII inline filter setup
    5k and counting, not including lost work days
    Class Action Lawsuit in NEw Jersey, can you please report what state you are in? Maybe we can get the attorneys to expand the suit to help all of us

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  • Visitor, , 245,000 mi

    My 2000 Ford F350 Superduty loses almost all power and runs extremely rough and loud when the tank gets below a quarter tank of fuel. The truck runs pretty good when the tank is full or almost full (above half a tank). Solution at this time is to keep a lot of fuel in the tank. My truck has 340,000 miles at this time. I have heard of a solution to clean the tank and remove some of the parts from the existing filter in the tank that get clogged (and have nothing with making the truck run) and place an inline fuel filter along the frame which makes it easy to remove and replace. I am ready to remedy this problem since I want to keep this truck forever. Any help would be appreciated!

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  • I had to replace fuel filters every couple of months at 100.00 each since first purchased new in 2006. Finally, after researching through the internet, I found that the fuel tanks in this make of vehicle delaminates. After nuemerous close calls, on highway traffic, I called Ford to have the fuel tank repaired. Ford told me they could not do anything except replace the fuel tank, fuel pump, fuel injectors at cost. Finally, I replaced the fuel tank at a cost of 2000.00, and it now seem to be running fairly well. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    Fuel Tank inside coating has flaked for the third time. First time I replaced the two diesel filters and filled up
    the tank drove for approx. 1000 miles again flakes...filters same silver stuff on stopped up filters.Now the third time more Flakes and new filters but engine will not start so tank is dropped and is full of silver flakes.Went to FORD a mechanic said "the problem is diesel contamination it has water in it...and FORD's metal tanks delaminate (FLAKE). Replace with a plastic one,which Ford dose not offer or a solution to this." I'm glad my truck didn't stall in busy traffic and cause a wreck or worse a death due to non disclosure of a possible
    delaminating tank. I've not altered this truck or added and thing (water)to the diesel just filled up at a gas station or truck stop...what else would any one do , carry a chemistry set to test the diesel before you fill up?
    Most every knows diesel is never perfect and fuel can draw moisture in bulk tanks when warm fuel is added to cold under ground or above bulk tanks.Even small amounts of condensation can form in a truck tank when cold fuel is added to a hot tank on a hot day. PS My truck may now have injector problems WOW THANKS FORD FOR THE HEAD's UP , from a Ford man I thank. 6-13-13

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  • Visitor, , 172,875 mi

    Fuel tank delaminating and blocking injectors and fuel system ford will not cover it under any warranty

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  • had to replace tank pump sender filters ford says they know about it but no help with cost

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  •  Rookie

    Mine is a 97. I had the fuel filter light begin to come on. Then lost of power and hard running. Replaced filters, but the fuel pump went out. The ford dealer replaced the fuel pump for about $1200. The next day it died on me again and the ford dealer told me to have it towed back. $600 later they tell me both tanks are full of sludge. They replaced the rear tank and they told me the tank was delaminating. I went into the garage bay and stuck my finger in the tank and wiped the lining off with my finger. I have two tanks and it is happening in both.

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  • Visitor, , 11,200 mi

    my fuel tank is delamination inside the tank causeing a lot of problems its going to cost me 10,000.00 dollars to fix the problem ford owe me some money this should have been a recall and ford knows it

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  • Visitor, , 83,000 mi

    clogged filters and burnt up the fuel pump tank shot

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  • Visitor, , 12,384 mi

    I have the same problem with my truck. I'm taking the tank off scraping the delamination from inside the tank, taking the 2 little filters off from the sending unit, clean the exterior filter and re-assemble . hope that will stop the problem

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