1998 Ford Windstar

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1998 Ford Windstar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles

How to remove fuel filter

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 AT 4:23 PM

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You'll have one of two types of connections. The type with plastic inserts which look like they broke off of a plastic fork (eating utensil), or the type which you need to purchase a fuel-line removal tool.

Plastic "fork" type: Observe safety measures, wear eye protection, open fuel cap to relieve pressure inside gas tank, etc. Pry out plastic forks with a screwdriver. Filter should slide out from connection hoses. Work on one side at at time. Beware of pressurized fuel spray!

Fuel line removal tool type: Again, observe safety measures, and and extra set of hands is helpful. Spray some penetrating oil to the connections where the tool enters. Have your assistant push (yes, PUSH) the hose as far as it will go onto the fuel filter. Insert the tool and push in, the same direction. As you are pushing the tool into the cavity, have your assistant start pulling the hose off the filter as you maintain some "inward" pressure on the tool. What you are trying to do is relive the mechanical pressure strain off the radial tabs holding the hose onto the filter. The tool expands the radial tabs, but can do this only if the mecanical strain is relieved first by PUSHING the hose further ONTO the filter.
Without this relatively inexpensive tool, the job will be impossible, so don't try to improvise. You'll end up ruining the hose connection and be forced with an expensive repair.

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