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Old 02-27-2011, 05:11 PM
stdprm11 stdprm11 is offline
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Default 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Well I cannot get the outlet (engine-side) fitting off of the fuel filter and it's driving me bonkers. I was able to do it four years ago at its last filter change with the metal scissor tool:



One thing I noticed was that the outlet fitting had no play on the filter tubing - it was solidly fixed and would not slide the 1/8" to 3/16" laterally on the tubing.

Other details:
  1. I relieved the fuel pressure by disconnecting the inertia switch in the passenger floorboard and cranking the starter for 10 sec, and removed and replaced the gas cap.
  2. I did not remove the fuel pump relay in the power distribution box.
  3. I did not mess with a Schrader valve.
  4. I removed the inlet (tank-side) fitting first, with no issues.

Any suggestions? Buy the plastic fitting tool from the dealer?
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:35 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Anybody? Anyone? Bueller???
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Just keep messing with it. I re-call having a hard time with the plastic tool but cannot recall what I was doing wrong.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:26 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Cut the outlet on the fuel filter but leave enough attached to the fuel line so you can grip it with a pair of pliers, get one of your buds to get on the other end with a pair of pliers and yank that b@st@rd outta there! Thats how ive had to do it before on older trucks that have original fuel filters. Those fuel filter wrenches are junk.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:39 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Won't that damage the inside of the fitting?
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:40 PM
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http://theincitefullife.com/wp-conte...punchisize.jpg

Shenanigans LOL!
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:48 AM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Finally made another attempt a few weeks ago and got the outlet fitting off. Just needed a bit more oomph and wrangling, as MDRide suggested. It was the smaller end of the metal scissor tool, labeled 'F.' I believe it's a 5/16".
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:51 AM
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I usually mount the tool and give it a lil tap tap with a tack hammer.

Shenanigans make us stronger! Lol.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:11 AM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Mine was a pain in the ass as well, I remember fighting with those fittings and the tool but came off in the end, I think maybe next time i'll do away with those fittings and just run rubber fuel line to the filter with some hose clips.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:15 PM
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I would change the filter every year if you can....Hit it with a rust pentrater the day before.........I can change mine in less than 10 minutes....... rockauto...has Mann filters for $4....buy 3 of them.....

I have changed about 10 of them. I did not have an issue on any of them........once you figure it out.......it is easy......Ford wants $70 to do a fuel filter

I use this tool on the early models Assenmacher 5/16"

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Old 12-22-2012, 12:32 PM
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I would change the filter every year if you can....Hit it with a rust pentrater the day before.........I can change mine in less than 10 minutes.......they cost $6 on roackauto...has Mann filters for $4....but 3 of them.....

I have changed about 10 of them. I did not have an issue on any of them........once you figure it out.......it is easy......Ford wants $70 to do a fuel filter

I use this tool on the early models Assenmacher 5/16"

once i finally got this ^ tool, it became very easy for me. the plastic ones always gave me hell. i'll never use them again.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:34 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

Jiffy Lube also wants $69.95 to do a fuel filter. Drove by them the other day with my new filter installed and gave them a hand signal out the window
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:47 PM
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once i finally got this ^ tool, it became very easy for me. the plastic ones always gave me hell. i'll never use them again.
Yea those are way better than those crap plastic ones!

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I can't believe they want that much for ten minutes worth of work.

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Old 12-22-2012, 02:39 PM
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Default Re: 1997 Fuel Filter Shenanigans

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I would change the filter every year if you can....Hit it with a rust pentrater the day before.........I can change mine in less than 10 minutes....... rockauto...has Mann filters for $4....buy 3 of them.....

I have changed about 10 of them. I did not have an issue on any of them........once you figure it out.......it is easy......Ford wants $70 to do a fuel filter

I use this tool on the early models Assenmacher 5/16"


You are better than me, it's took me 15 minutes the last time but my ride was only 3 years old at the time. In Florida rust takes a long time to form so we are at a big advantage here.
My first Ranger had a 2.3 2 bbl carb and the fuel filter screwed into the carb, how easy is that!
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:44 PM
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You are better than me, it's took me 15 minutes the last time but my ride was only 3 years old at the time. In Florida rust takes a long time to form so we are at a big advantage here.
I actually timed it last time. I did go fast. I pull the fuse and then started the truck till it stalls. I had changed the filter a year earlier so it came right off. I guess the point is that once you know how to do it it is easy.

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