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I am trying to replace a fuel filter on a 1997 Ford F-150. Sounds easy enough but it seems that one of the fuel lines that leads from the filter to the engine just will not come off the filter to allow removal. I cannot find a tool small enough to fit the quick connect hose tip. Also have taken truck to two different repair sites and have been told ''We're sorry but we cannot get the hose seperated''. Both also say that the hose in question does not look identical to the hose that comes from the fuel tank, maybe it was replaced during life of truck. Is there a trick to getting a stuck quick connect off or is this one of those tricks by auto manufacturers to get you to take vehicle to dealer for repairs?

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I did that last night. The plastic tools didn't work for me. Cut the filter off as close to the body as you can(dont make any sparks), then you can move the fuel line to a point that you can see what you are doing. If you look inside the connector with a light,you will see little tabs that are supposed to hold the filter in place. Just work at it with a tiny screwdriver and a vicegrip and the remnants of the filter will eventually fall out under the weight of the vice grip. you'll get mad. I tried to buy another tool first but they gave me the wrong thing

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I changed a lot of filter on the ford explorer models, and if they are similar, there is a tool needed to "open" up the metal tangs to allow removal. They make them in plastic, that are cheap, or metal plier style.
We had an issue or rust and corrosion getting in the connection area.
What we did was spray penetrating fluid in the connection as you work the tool in and push the line in and out of eachother. This take a while to get the junk out, so be patient. Hope this may help

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