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Replacing fuel filter

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer Sport, 2WD 6 CYL & I'm havin a hellava time trying to remove the in line fuel filter mounted to the underside of the vehicle. I've got both clips out that attach the flex line to the filter, but I still cannot separate the filter from the flex lines. I have tried to place a forked pry bar against the edge of the flex line & use another large screwdriver to put force against the filter to pull it away from the line, & all i've done is put dents in the filter. My little mini brain is tellin me it shouldn't be this hard & I'm missin somethin that is prolly totally obvious. Mabe i need to go back to drinkin, workin on a car was never that hard when I had a cold one in my hand.
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  • g_gauvreau Nov 21, 2008

    Thanks....yea I could care less about the old filter, but I figured if I puncture the old filter while fightin to get it off, I'm lookin at a tankful of fuel thats gonna be runnin down my arm & on the ground while I'm still fightin to get the rest of the filter off. I figured it has to have something to do with this flare that is on the filter itself. Hey look!! it's O-Beer:30!

  • g_gauvreau Dec 12, 2008

    Check it out!...Stopped @ local O' Reillys, they directed me to a "Angled fuel line disconnect" tool that slips over the stem of the in-line filter, you "press" it into the flex line & it somehow releases something on the flex line which allows the filter to come off.

    The tool is made by LISLE Corporation in the good ol USA

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Thats funny and im right their with you. Well im sad to say but your just going to have to put some more elbow grease in it. Use some channel locks on it. It will come off. And if the filter is bad why are you worried about damaging it? lol

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