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Change fuel filter on 2000 ford focus

Got gas and within 2 blocks of station the car started missing. i have put in a bottle of fuel helper in the gas for the last 2 times i got gas. the car now misses and dies when i slow down or stop at red lights. i'm thinking about changing the fuel filter. how many are there , where are they located and how do i change them. from what i have read so far there is one filter in the gas line in front of the gas tank on the undercarriage under the back passenger seat. any other advice would be appreciated. thank you, louise

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Put in a bottle or two injection cleaner 80% of all problems with fuel injection no one uses this enough it does work wonders,only tkes aspeck of dirt to cause problems

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