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Plastic piece...what is it?

There's a plastic piece between my fuel injector and my fuel line, and it may possibly be some kind of sleeve, or a primer line for the fuel system? It's broken, and I can't figure out what it's called so that I can replace it. Thanks in advance.

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Go to a ford dealer parts dept and show them the piece and where it goes, thy will be able to ID it from the parts illustration books easily.

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