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Remove the screw from the metal bracket that is holding the fuel filter. It is located right below the battery to the right. To get the quick connect fuel line fittings off. YOU WILL NEED A DISCONNECT TOOL. O'Reillys or Auto Zone should have the tool pack of (6) The small gray one fits the 2001 Sportage. Put the plastic tool under the fuel line fitting and squeeze together. The fuel line will pop off the old filter. To remove the rear fuel line, go under the vehicle and use the tool on the fuel line. There is a rubber hose with 2 quick connect fittings. One end attaches to the filter and the other end attaches to a metal fuel line under vehicle. Remove the fitting that attaches to the metal line since there is no room on the back of filter for the tool to fit. Once you get the whole assembly out of the car.... you can work on getting the fitting off the rear of the old filter. Be very careful not to damage the plastic quick connect fittings! KEEP YOUR FACE CLEAR OF THE FILTER A SMALL AMOUNT OF GAS WILL COME OUT!!!!!
The fuel filter is mounted on the frame rail. There are two types of fittings used. You only need to look at the fittings to tell the difference.
There is the plastic "hair pin" type of connector. It has a plastic connector with a plastic "hairpin" clip that pushes through the connector. Just pry the clip out with a screwdriver don't worry about breaking the clip, the new filter should come with new clips. Be careful not to break the fitting though. If you break the connector, you must replace the fuel line...not fun.
The other type is what Ford calls the "Duckbill" type of connector. I don't know wht it is called that...it doesn't look like a duck bill to me. Anyway., you can identify this one as a stainless steel connector. there is usually also a stainless steel lock clip that goes over the outside of this type of connector. The lock clip can be pried up and removed with a screwdriver. Once the lock clip is removed, a special fuel line disconnect tool must be used to releasethe spring clips inside the connector. the tool canbe purchased for a couple dollars at any parts store where you would buy your fuel filter.
You need to look at the car to determine if you need the tool or not. Both types of connectors are used for the same fuel filter. Plastic connectors - no special tool needed. Stainless steel connectors - special tool required.
The fuel filter is located right below the battery to the right. If you intend changing it, here are a few steps to help. Firstly, remove the screw from the metal bracket that is holding the fuel filter. To get the quick connect fuel line fittings off, you need a disconnect tool. I got a pack of 6 at Advance Auto for $12. The small gray one fits the 2001 Sportage.
Put the plastic tool under the fuel line fitting and squeeze together. The fuel line will pop off the old filter. To remove the rear fuel line, I had to go under the vehicle and use the tool on the fuel line. There is a rubber hose with 2 quick connect fittings. One end attaches to the filter and the other end attaches to a metal fuel line under vehicle. Remove the fitting that attaches to the metal line since there is no room on the back of filter for the tool to fit. Once you get the whole assembly out of the car, you can work on getting the fitting off the rear of the old filter. Be very careful not to damage the plastic quick connect fittings!
safely raise and support the back of the vehicle. The fuel pump will be on the passenger side of the fuel tank.
remove the fuel lines from the pump. Be careful as any residual pressure in the lines will spray out and get you. Wrap a rag around the connector before you remove it to reduce the spray.
Unbolt the passenger side fuel tank strap. You will need to do this to remove the wiring harness to the pump.
Remove the 6 bolts holding the pump to the fuel tank. An 8mm socket should work. If the tank is full gas will start coming out at this point. Have a drain pan ready to catch it.
Pull the pump out of the tank. This can be a bit of a rubix cube but the pump will come out without having to pull or drop the tank.
Please be careful! anytime there is fuel vapor or spilt fuel there is the chance for fire.
Use new clips in the fuel line fittings. There should be one black clip and one white clip. They only go into the fitting with the tab facing the line. If you put them in backwards the lines will pull off.
Sometimes they use a quick connect fitting that a release tool needs to be used to get the fittings off of the fuel pump. They can be purchased at any good auto parts store. There are two sizes and most parts stores will carry the tool that has both sizes in one tool.
Make sure you replace the fuel filter when replacing the pump.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Relieve the fuel system pressure.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Fuel line from the filter using a back-up wrench
Quick-connect fitting from the fuel filter
Fuel filter from the mounting bracket
Install or connect the following:
Fuel filter to the mounting bracket
Fuel line. Torque the fuel line fitting to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
Quick-connect fitting to the fuel filter
Negative battery cable
Pressurize the fuel system and verify no leaks.
Fig. Exploded view of the fuel filter mounting
Fig. Fuel filter mounting location and component identification
The fuel strainer attaches to the lower end of the fuel pump
module. The fuel strainer is made of woven plastic. The functions of the
fuel strainer are to filter contaminants and to wick fuel. The fuel
strainer normally requires no maintenance. Fuel stoppage at this point
indicates that the fuel tank contains an abnormal amount of sediment or
Hope help with this (remember rated and comment this help)..
DO NOT SMOKE OR CARRY LIGHTED TOBACCO OR OPEN FLAME OF ANY TYPE WHEN WORKING ON OR NEAR ANY FUEL-RELATED COMPONENT. HIGHLY FLAMMABLE MIXTURES ARE ALWAYS PRESENT AND MAY BE IGNITED, RESULTING IN POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY.
FUEL IN THE FUEL SYSTEM REMAINS UNDER HIGH PRESSURE EVEN WHEN THE ENGINE IS NOT RUNNING. BEFORE REPAIRING OR DISCONNECTING ANY OF THE FUEL LINES OR FUEL SYSTEM COMPONENTS, THE FUEL SYSTEM PRESSURE MUST BE RELIEVED TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL SPRAYING OF FUEL, CAUSING PERSONAL INJURY OR A FIRE HAZARD.
Disconnect the battery.
Relieve the system pressure.
Raise the vehicle.
Drain the fuel tank.
Disconnect the fill pipe hoses.
Loosen fill pipe hose clamps.
Disconnect fill pipe hoses from the fuel tank.
Remove the 4 bolts (2 each side) and remove the skid plate if equipped.
Support the fuel tank.
Remove the bolts and pivot the fuel tank support straps away from the fuel tank.
Disconnect the vapor line fitting at the rear of the fuel tank.
Lower the fuel tank.
To install, reverse the removal procedure
Clean the area around the fuel pump mounting flange.
Using the special tool, remove the fuel tank pump assembly locking retainer ring.
Remove the fuel pump assembly. CAUTION: The fuel pump assembly must be removed and handled carefully to avoid damage to the float arm and filter.
Remove and discard the fuel pump mounting gasket.
Clean the fuel pump mounting flange and the fuel tank mounting surface.
Apply a light coat of Premium Long Life Grease XG-1-C or -K or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESA-M1C75-B to the gasket to hold it in position during assembly. Install the fuel pump mounting gasket.
Using the special tool, tighten the fuel pump assembly locking retainer ring.
You can not get to the fuel pump from inside the car. I have a 91 you
have to drop the tank. BUT if you just have to. you can cut a 8in by
11in access panel in the center of the hump above the tank. You will
need to use a non spark cutting tool like a air hammer. You will need 3
brass fittings 5/16 in I believe. (This is just an idea if you have to
do it this way). I am not giving you this as advise. Just you could do
this if you want to. Cut the hole so you can access the fuel pump from
inside. You will have to cut the fuel lines one at the time. cut them
in different locations from each other so the fittings will not
interfere with each other. (room to fit and tighten these fittings) The
fittings you will need are called compression. They are brass have
that fit over the line and compress to seal it. Once you cut your hole
cut your lines remove the pump lines all as one part it takes a little
finesse to get all out. Make a good fitting cover for your access hole
and thats that. Clear as mud? this is just a (you could do it this way)
but its not the right way. Drop that tank out the bottom take your rear
end loose from the shocks, pull your exhaust hangers loose and let the
muffler hang take the tank band loose get as much fuel out as you can.
Jack the rear of the car up 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet to get the room needed
to get the tank out. It is a tight tight fit be sure the car is secure
because you will be pulling and jerking pulling and jerking to get the
tank out. Work slow and careful.