Fuel Pick-up Tube in a Ford Transit

Fuel Pick-up Tube in a Ford Transit

Why Factory Auxiliary Pick-up Tube Should Not be Used When Installing a Fuel-Fired Heater

When installing a fuel-fired heater in a Ford Transit van, it's important to have the right fuel pick-up tube in place. The factory auxiliary pick-up tube in a Ford Transit is often too large, causing the heater to lose its prime, leading to failed starts, and difficulties in firing and staying on at higher altitudes. These heaters were originally designed for use at sea level, so it's crucial to choose the correct components when using them at higher elevations.

To ensure proper function, an auxiliary fuel pick-up tube can be installed in the fuel tank. A smaller fuel pick-up tube is recommended for several reasons:

- Consistent fuel supply: By installing the fuel pick-up tube at the bottom of the fuel tank, where the fuel level is more consistent, fuel starvation can be prevented, ensuring the heater runs smoothly.

- Reduction of air pockets in the fuel system: Air pockets can form in the fuel system, leading to poor performance or the heater stopping altogether. A smaller fuel pick-up tube can reduce the volume of air in the fuel system.

- Prevention of fuel contamination: Installing an auxiliary fuel pick-up tube at the bottom of the tank can help prevent debris or contaminants from entering the fuel system.

The size and configuration of the auxiliary fuel pick-up tube should be carefully selected based on the specific requirements of the heater and fuel tank to ensure proper fuel flow and prevent any issues.

Take a look at the pictures to see how you can install an aftermarket fuel pick-up tube in your Transit van to ensure your fuel-fired heater will function properly and not lose prime. By using the correct components and making the right installations, you can ensure that your fuel-fired heater runs smoothly and provides consistent heat, even at higher elevations.

this image shows the difference in size of a factory fuel pickup tube compared to a smaller aftermarket auxiliary fuel pickup tube that should be used

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