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LISA I have a ford 5500 loader backhoe and it just stopped running! It was at an idle and it quit and I cant seem to fiquere out whats wrong. It turns over and gets fuel to the injectors. Any ideas?
sixbales Lisa,
You've got air in the fuel system. Air is compressible and your injection pump cannot provide sufficient volume/pressure to open the injectors. Most likely a plugged fuel filter, a plugged fuel screen, plugged fuel cap, or possibly an obstruction in the fuel lines somewhere. Or maybe you simply ran out of fuel in the tank??

Follow the procedure below and you will get it started:

This is a procedure originally posted by Jerry/MT on another Forum. Iíve added a few things, but itís the best detailed bleeding procedure that Iíve seen.

My tractor can be a PITA to get started if I run it out of fuel, or if the filter gets plugged.

How long has it been since your fuel filter was changed?? Might be a good time to change it.

Start at the fuel outlet of the tank (inlet to the filter). Shut the tank valve, remove the line at the filter inlet and holding a suitable container to catch the diesel fuel, open the valve. You should have a CONTINUOUS rush/flow of fuel out of the line. If it dribbles or is intermittent, check the fuel cap for a blockage of the fuel vent or the strainer upstream of the valve for clogging. The strainer/screen is attached to the shut-off valve, and is positioned up inside the tank. You will have to drain the tank and pull the valve to clean the screen.

If you have good fuel flow at that point, reconnect the line and open the bleeder screw at the top of the filter. Turn on the tank valve and wait till you have a steady flow of fuel with no bubbles at the top of the filter, then close the bleeder screw.

Loosen the inlet connection at the pump and purge air at that point.

Go back and make sure ALL the fittngs in the fuel delivery system are tight so they cannot suck air.

Make sure the battery is fully charged. Loosen the fuel fittings at the injectors, either one at a time or all at once. Crank the engine till you see all fuel at the injector fittings and then tighten the fittings. If you do indvidual fittings, the engine will usually start before you get to the last fitting.

Alternatively, you can "tow-start" it to save wear and tear on your starter. Leave the injector lines cracked open at the injectors at first to purge the lines. Then tighten them up and she should start.

Your injection pump puts out a very small amount of fuel (high pressure/low volume). BE PATIENT. If the lines are totally empty, it takes a lot of cranking to fill them up.

John My Ford 5500 backhoe will not steer. Even when
I lift the front off the ground, it simply will not steer.....HELP !!

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