is there a way to plug the fuel lines


Asked by Dec 18, 2014 at 01:19 AM about the 1995 Ford F-250

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Had to remove one fuel tank and fuel comes out of return line because lines are spliced
all in one system is there a special plug that can clip onto those type of fuel lines?

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If the splice job was done correctly you should not have any fuel leaking anywhere. Was the switching valve removed and the metal connectors heat shrinked into place?


The fuel lines from both tanks run into the same fuel line so with the primary fiuel tank off, the fuel lines that go to that tank are just open and the return line let's out fuel when its running. We are trying to plug those fuel pump lines because that tank was rust damaged and only want to use one fuel tank

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Is the switching valve still hooked up to the fuel lines?

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Yes I'm pretty sure I have never looked for it but pretty sure the electric switch works because its set to rear tank and rear fuel pump is operating its just that fuel still comes out of return hookup that goes to the fuel tank that we removed. We cut a male fitting off old fuel filter and going yo try smashing and welding shut the cut end and just clip it into the return line connector if they don't make those plugs .


So what has happened is the switching valve has not completely switched to the rear tank so the return from the fuel rail is not going fully into the rear tank if at all, that is why when the fuel system is modded like you have done, the switching valve is disconnected from the fuel lines and metal connectors are heat shrunk on the fuel pressure and return lines, these connector tube can be purchased at your local parts store, they are called vinyl line repair kits, read and follow instructions to the letter, or you will have a fuel leak, then the switching valve can either be left alone so the gauge works or the wiring redone and the valve removed. Note: if the fuel return line is blocked the fuel pressure will climb to maximum and then you will start to run rich and could cause the engine to flood out.


So the switch valve that switches tanks isn't working correctly? If its changed or repaired there shouldn't be fuel coming out of the return line that is left open


Correct. Check the cost of the replacement valve, it most likely will be a lot higher than the vinyl repair kits to do the splice.


Tell ya what I have a 1990 f150 was having the same exact problem except pump and or sending unit was bad in front tank well it ran fine on just the rear after while and as of about 3 hours ago I took front tank off and plugged plastic lines with brass plugs with simple 1/4 inch hose clamps and also put screw in breather tube as well and I'm currently running off just rear. If this doesn't pan out I will be running new fuel lines from engine to rear tank but was looking for the cheapest solution at the moment. I will post any updates as they come up. Apparently there's recalls on half the F Series trucks fuel systems between 88 and 96 and there never been a real solution aside from replacing both tanks pump assemblies straps and all under warranty and recall which most have expired by now.

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Also the check valve is built into some of the pumps on these trucks as opposed to being in line and bolted to the frame rail.

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