fuel filter removal


Asked by Sep 12, 2013 at 03:42 PM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLS V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I removed the two front connections on the fuel flter quite easily.  The problem is the connection comming from the tank.  I have the two required to get it off, but I can't.  The main problem in the filter is jammed back up and behind the cat converter.  There is barely enough room for one hand to insert the tool much less hold the tool in place and pull on the fuel line to disconnect it.  Had #%^'en Ford made the fuel line six inches longer it would drop down below the cat converter where two hands can be used.  As it is now, when removing the filter and letting it hand it does not drop below the converter.  Any suggestions?  Can I cut the line behind the fitting and attach it back to the filter with a hose clamp?  Does anyone make make a workaround part if the fitting cannnot be removed and the line cut?   If they did they would make a million bucks.  To put it plainly, the system sucks.

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Pardon the typos, I'm really pizzed at the design.

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Tom Demyan

Not sure what you are removing, but a fuel filter should have one connection in the front and one in back. Here is a video walking you through the procedure.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZPleHt9ktY....apparently the gentlemen making the video had an issue with one of the ends as well.

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Tom: The fuel filter has a return line that goes back to the tank.

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