Problems With 1989 Ford F250 Dual Fuel Tanks


The once popular 1989 Ford F250 was designed with a twin gas tank. Even die-hard Ford fans had trouble swallowing all the recalls because of problems with the axillary tanks from that year. Ford took responsibility, and acted to fix the problems with assembly that were not caught during production.

Selector Device Malfunction

  • A recall was issued for the 1989 Ford F250 because of the selector valve, affecting 350,000 vehicles. This caused one tank to be shut off during the filling of the tanks, causing the other tank to overfill. This creates a dangerous fire hazard, and needs to be repaired by a qualified automotive technician.

Tank Shield Missing

  • Some 1989 Ford F250s with middle mounted tanks were assembled without the tank shield. The shield protects the tanks from road debris. The purpose of the shielding is to prevent puncture and protect the tank from heat from the running of the vehicle

Fuel Pump

  • Because the 1989 F250 uses two tanks it is especially hard on the fuel pump. The tendency to use a single tank for the majority of the time leaves the unused tank more susceptible to tank rust and contaminants. This rust restricts the fuel flow, working the pump harder, causing early fuel pump failure.

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