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Old 05-24-2019, 10:42 PM
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2010 F-150, Lariat, Crew Cab, 2WD, 130K Miles
My cousin went to his local dealership and ordered this truck in April 2010. I think he took delivery of it June 2010 (6 weeks).
From what I understand, Ford started putting the new heads (with the new one piece spark pug) on the 5.4 3 valve engine about mid year, correct? Well, his truck has those new heads.
What confuses me is, did Ford start putting the fuel filter in the tank the same time they started using the newer heads? My cousin wanted me to order a new fuel filter for this truck. I went to ROCKAUTO.COM and ordered one. It's the same part #/fuel filter that fits my F150.
Anyway, we go to replace it today and there is no fuel filter on the rail under the drivers door...????? WTH!!!!!! So, we call Ford and they state that it's in the tank! HOW? WHEN? Was there a cutoff date on the 2010 F150's to move the fuel filter from being external, to inside of the gas tank?
Well, anyway, I now have an extra fuel filter in my stash.
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The heads were changed in mid-2008. I think the internal fuel filter came in 2009.
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Yes in 2009 they changed to an internal filter.
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A review of the owner's manual would have provided information regarding the fuel filter (and a plethora of other tidbits)

Your vehicle is equipped with a lifetime fuel filter that is integrated with
the fuel tank. Regular maintenance or replacement is not needed.
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