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How do I change fuel filter.

My ford focus check engine light came on and the car started shaking and quit running. I t turns over but won't start and someone told me I need to change the fuel filter.

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  • tamerahaller May 27, 2009

    Where do I get a code reader??

  • tamerahaller May 28, 2009

    The code is P0171    system too lean

  • tamerahaller May 28, 2009

    Bank 1

  • Jeff Hammack
    Jeff Hammack May 11, 2010

    you need a code reader to retrieve codes from your computer first, the fuel filter usually will not prevent the engine from starting, get the codes and post them here and I will help to figure why it stopped.

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Run a fuel pressure test, and check the fuel pump relay, in the underhood power distribution box, if relay is good and you have power at the pump with no fuel pressure then you have a bad pump

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Fuel filter most likely will not fix your problem.- the best thing would be to see what the check engine trouble code is and then go from there. there are way to many things that could be wrong to just throw parts at it, but if thats how you want to go at it i would probably say the fuel pump is a more likely cause than the filter.- i have never replaced a fuel filter on a ford for a no-start.

Posted on May 27, 2009

  • Jason Phillips
    Jason Phillips May 29, 2009

    most likely needs a fuel pump- system too lean means you don't have enough fuel going thru the system to operate efficiently. the pump is about $250-$300 for that car, i would have someone check the fuel pressure for you before you put it in. it should be around 35psi.

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