Ford F-350 Fuel Tank
How to Care for the Ford F-350 Fuel Tank: 3 Essential Tips
The maintenance-free design of the fuel tank in your the Ford F-350 means that it can function for the rest of its life without the need for human intervention. But there are ways for you to take care of it to prevent it from getting damaged prematurely. While they are designed to be tough enough to safely contain gasoline, fuel tanks are still vulnerable to wear and can spring a leak or contaminate the fuel in the process. Keeping the Ford F-350 fuel tank in top shape is quite easy, and most of the steps circle around what you put through the fuel nozzle. Below are some key steps to follow in maintaining the fuel tank in your Ford truck:
- Always keep the fuel tank full.
One of the easy ways you can maintain the tank in good running condition is to keep it topped up at all times or, at the very least, keep it from running low. Unbeknownst to many, the heat from the engine can actually travel up to the fuel lines and into the fuel tank, and gas inside the tank helps keep the temperature down. So when the tank is near empty, the temperature inside it can quickly rise up, potentially damaging itself in the process.
- Don't get gas while the station's supply is being refilled.
Gas stations store fuel in large storage tanks, and every time they replenish, rust and debris that have settled at the bottom of the tank get stirred up. These contaminants can then easily enter your fuel tank along with the gas, so as much as possible, avoid lining up at the gas station while it's refilling.
- Check the filter on a regular basis
Even if you keep the tank topped up with a high-quality fuel, microscopic particles will still manage to get into the tank. Thankfully, the fuel filter catches these impurities before they leave the tank. However, these contaminants will eventually build up over time and clog the filter. Ideally, the fuel filter should be replaced every 2 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. But if the truck starts to show signs of clogging in the fuel lines, such as stalling and hard starting, the filter needs to be replaced immediately.