How do I change the fuel filter in my 2003 Ford Escape V6? It has 100,000 miles on it and has never been changed. My husband is very handy and loves to work on cars. Is this something that he/we can handle on our own or do we need to take it to a mechanic? Also, can I get the new fuel filter at the auto parts store?
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Re: Changing fuel filter
From what your describing this sounds like you have a bad fuel pump and should be easy enough to verify.Install a fuel pressure gage on the fuel rail. Cycle key on and check for a minimum of 50 PSI. Start engine and verify fuel pressure maintains at least 50 PSI during symptom.
If pressure drops, lower fuel tank to check for B+ on the Pink/Black (PK/BK) and good ground on the Black (BK) while fuel pump relay is energized. If OK, replace faulty fuel pump.
Fuel pressure should run between 50-65 PSI. Fuel pumps are a common failure item on this vehicle especialy during warmer weather.
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I'd recommend changing your fuel filter every 15000 miles to ensure your fuel pump will not wear out prematurely and the rest of the fuel system stays clean and free from debris that could cause costly repairs
Try changing the inline fuel filter. It may be plugging up with gunk from the tank when you accelerate after running. If the gunk is settling in the lower part of the inline filter, this allows some fuel to flow, but when you accelerate or drive for an extended period, the gunk gets shoved against the output end blocking fuel flow. It also could be picking up some water in your tank, if the tank is allowed to be low on fuel.
Have you tried changing the fuel filter? It may be clogged up. You may have a leak in the line or bad fuel injectors. The best way to tell if it is fuel related is by checking the fuel pressure. If that checks out, it may be a vaccum leak, the air filter, or a low spark in the ignition system. You could need a tune-up, spark plugs/coils, wires, distributor cap, rotor, Check the fuel first and let me know if you have any questions. I will help you the best I can.
it is dirt trapped by the filter and yes it is normal, work for a Ford dealer see this all the time, would suggest you change gas stations or bring it to there attention that thier fuel is dirty. Make sure you change the filter at least every 30,000 miles, use a Motorcraft factory filter, they are by far the longest lasting and best at filtering.