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Old 03-22-2002, 02:41 PM
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How To's on changing fuel filter?

Anyone have a How to with pictures? Any tips. Is this something that's best left to Ford to do? Or can I do it myself? Thanks
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Old 03-22-2002, 03:03 PM
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yeah you can do it yourself.. i try to do it every 10,000 miles.
i'll brb with some pics.
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Old 03-22-2002, 03:18 PM
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i drove up on my rhino ramps to raise my truck, then i took the gas cap off, and had a bunch of rags ready under the truck.

here is the filter, located on the drivers side frame rail:


first you have to disconnect the safety catch on both sides of the filter:


here is a pic of the new filter and the "tools"
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Old 03-22-2002, 03:24 PM
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here is the line removal tool that you'll use:


it clips on the fuel filter, then slides into the fuel line. once its in, you'll have to pull the fuel line off of the old filter. (make sure you have some of those rags handy, the filter still has gas in it.)

here is the old filter & part number:


stoopid frame rail grease.. $@#!%*

after disconnecting the old filter, replace it with the new one (the bracket is bolted to the frame, the filter just slides out) and replace fuel lines. push on each one till you hear it *click*. then replace the safety catch.
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Clonetek- Good post!!!!

This is the stuff that makes this site great!

Thanks for the pics of the "pac-man" tool, too.

Later,
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Old 03-22-2002, 04:23 PM
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When I used to change the filter on my 88gt I used to hit the inertia switch then crank the motor til it ran out of fuel, do you have to do this on the Lightning?

Laurence
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I would recommend letting the truck sit overnight and/or releasing the fuel pressure. There's a Schraeder valve on the passenger side fuel rail that is easily accessible. It's covered with a black plastic cap.

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Brooks, you rock, thanks for that awesome post!!!
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I would recommend letting the truck sit overnight and/or releasing the fuel pressure. There's a Schraeder valve on the passenger side fuel rail that is easily accessible. It's covered with a black plastic cap.

HTH,
Edward
Where's this schrader valve? front, back?? what do I do with it?? I'm looking into getting this done today
Thanks in advance..
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The valve is on the passenger side fuel rail. It's about where the the cowl starts. It looks like a little straw coming off the top of hte fuel rail. A Schreader valve is the same type as on tires. In this case, just unscrew the cap. Then there's this little piece of rubber to pull off - or it may come off with the cap. Finally, with a rag around/over the valve, press the pin in the middle. I used an Allen wrench to press the pin.

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Old 03-22-2002, 08:56 PM
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all i did was take the gas cap off.. i don't know if that helped or not.

there was some gas that dribbled out, but its not like it was still pressurized.
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I picked up the filter, used the S. valve, and even opened up my gas cap. But I couldn't find a tool like yours brooks, so I picked up a scissor like tool that looks like this. Anyone now what to do with this?




thanks again guys.
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That looks like the same 'pac-man' tool but with a handle.
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Is that Brooks on the ball or what?
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Old 03-22-2002, 10:46 PM
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marcus.. does the tool fit snugly on the fuel filter pipe? if so then you just clamp it on the filter, then slide it into the fuel line..

i havent seen that tool before. it looks like it may be easier than the disc style i have. let us know how it turns out.
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