6.0L Powerstroke Diesel
- HFCM Petcock Drain Valve Plug -
The EASY to drain your 6.0 Powerstroke HFCM!
2003 - 2007 F250 - F650
2006 - 2009 Ford LCF
The OEM fuel pump / filter assembly ('Horizontal fuel conditioning module' or HFCM for short in Ford-speak) drain plug on these applications features a flush mount and requires a 6mm allen wrench to remove. Unfortunately, due to the under-vehicle location of the pump assembly the plug usually becomes corroded in place, particularly in northern climates. When removal is attempted the allen head often strips out and the plug becomes very challenging to extract.
When rounding of the allen head occurs, use a small sharp punch and a sharp whack with a small hammer to start the plug rotating in the correct direction.
Recognizing the problem Ford developed a replacement plug that eliminates the flush design. The new plug sticks out of the HFCM and has a textured grip area - supposedly so the plug can be removed with one's fingers. We find this solution to be less than adequate. The plug still becomes corroded in and quite often a vise grips is needed to break it free - this typically leaves the soft metal of the 'improved' plug a gnarly twisted up mess.
Tired of half solutions? We found a better way to drain water from fuel filters! Our 6.0 Powerstroke HFCM drain plug is zinc coated with a brass petcock to minimize corrosion issues and requires no tools. No more rounding off !
(includes a new o-ring)
We all know human nature - if something is easy to do, we are more likely to do it. All 6.0L owners should be draining their HFCM's more often to protect their injection systems. Spend a few extra bucks to make the job easy and you may save hundreds or thousands in the long run!
Do it right, Do it once!
MADE IN THE USA
TECH TIP #2
Don't over-tighten - just snug is plenty!
Tech TIP #3
Ford recommends draining the HFCM of water monthly - or whenever the water-in-fuel light comes on. Consider this a minimum.