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This morning I started my truck and I am sitting a very nice 18psi at idle and 15.5psi at WOT, nothing wrong here just normal everyday stuff. Temp outside is 68*F around 2pm

 

Just now I went to the corner store and I started my truck, mind you there is not hard start, and I noticed the fuel pressure is sitting at 12psi at idle and 10.5psi at WOT(for a very short run). Now the only conditions that have changed is the weather. It is currently 9:15pm outside and the temp is 30*F. Now I am hoping this is just because the temp difference is such a drastic change that the fuel is thicker? I also have a little less than a 1/4 tank in the truck. 

 

Is my fuel pressure this low because of the drop in temp outside or do I need to look into something else?

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You are not cold enough for the fuel to be the issue unless you have a healthy dose of bio, I run straight untreated #2 to about 0-10* with no issues.What do you have for an in tank pickup tube?I have heard of many times the fuel gauge is off or the fuel pickup is cracked or too far off the bottom and sucks air.

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I have the modified liberty module from Vulcan Performance. I think it's a DS1 style? The only thing I can think of is the fuel gauge might be off but it is weird that is was doing fine earlier in the day...? That Vulcan Module better not be sucking any air!!!

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http://www.vulcanperformance.com/Modified-liberty-fuel-module-p/fmds.htm

 

^Like this?

 

I had to do the mod entailed in the instructions with my 165. It involved modding the existing fuel basket, but this looks similar. I dunno if this one offered on VP is modded the same way as described in my instructions, though. I know AD told me to drill a couple holes in the fuel basket to allow more fuel to reach the draw straw, etc.

 

You should not be sucking air with the basket unless the basket is not allowing enough fuel. Which MIGHT be possible since the original basket design was only rated for the OEM lift pump. I do not know the flow volume of the OEM pump.

 

The key to this might be the fact that it occurs at your 1/4 tank mark. I would fill the truck up again and see if it persists when it gets to the 1/4 tank level. If that is the case, despite having this basket, it may not be allowing enough fuel into the basket. Which then you would just need to drill some holes into it to allow more fuel.

 

:2cents:

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Update***

 

 

 

I started it up this morning at 28*F and the pressure is now at 9.5psi at idle. I thought surely this HAS to be a temperature issue....well I was wrong. I also drove to the pump and put $30 in the tank and it is now well over a 1/4 tank. Still the same issue...9.5psi at idle. SO I drive the truck to work. There is no surge, hiccup, loss of power, nothing major going on again. 

 

Well, as I am driving I notice about 5 miles down the road I am at 8.5psi while cruising. As I come up to a stop light I am now 9psi idle....strange.... I am losing fuel pressure on the go now!! So I keep driving. I am now at my work about 20mins later and as I pull up to my work to park I notice the truck is now at 8psi at idle! WTF?!?! As I was driving somehow it was losing pressure VERY slowly. I still can't tell if it's the gauge or maybe the dumbass isolator I got from Vulcan or could it be the spring and ball already taking a **** with less than 600 miles on this pump??

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It definitely is not temperature related, that is nowhere near cold enough to cause any problems. Since it is free, take the 10 Minutes to pop the ball and spring out and make sure it isn't wedged. It won't cost a thing. If there is nothing wrong there then your going to have to get your hands on another gauge to check fuel pressure to eliminate a gauge/sender problem. This is exactly why I prefer a mechanical gauge, there is no second guessing. Another thought is the overflow valve on the VP. Do you know how old it is? It could be possible it is failing and allowing fuel to dump back through the return line.

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It definitely is not temperature related, that is nowhere near cold enough to cause any problems. Since it is free, take the 10 Minutes to pop the ball and spring out and make sure it isn't wedged. It won't cost a thing. If there is nothing wrong there then your going to have to get your hands on another gauge to check fuel pressure to eliminate a gauge/sender problem. This is exactly why I prefer a mechanical gauge, there is no second guessing.Another thought is the overflow valve on the VP. Do you know how old it is? It could be possible it is failing and allowing fuel to dump back through the return line.

 

 

I have a mechanical gauge, but I feel the isolator is causing a problem some how? The overflow valve? How do I check this? I don''t have another mechanical gauge btw.

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Yes. The needle valve just needs to go inline in the tubing before the gauge. Then just open it a crack, just enough to get pressure to the gauge. This will cut the water hammer from the pump but allow the gauge to work correctly.

 

 

What about having air in the line itself? It took me forever to try and "bleed" so to say the line when I was filling it with coolant. 

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