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Old 07-02-2011, 08:21 PM
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Default Fuel filter - fuel line connectors - any idea how to remove?

So I need to replace the fuel filter on my 2003 ford ranger 2.3 4cyl. I'm experiencing a slight hesitation when giving the engine a lot of gas, however not when I accellerate slowly. I believe the fuel filter is pretty well clogged, as it hasnt been replaced in a very long time.

Anyways, I was going to remove the fuel lines from the filter (after relieving the fuel pressure via the inertia switch) and came across a connection that I don't know what to do with. It isnt a quick-release, as I already tried the tools for that, and it doesn't have any tabs to depress with pliers, as the haynes manual states that I should do.





Above are a few pictures, first of the actual fitting itself, and then of the entire filter to get perspective. Just a note, all three fittings are the same, just different colors for whatever reason.

Anyways, I'd appreciate any help as I would like to try and get this usually simple task out of the way over the long weekend.

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Old 07-02-2011, 08:23 PM
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How To: Fuel Filter replacment on 2001-2011 Ranger<===CLICK

The green tabs and orange tab compress easy with your fingers
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:25 PM
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Default Re: Fuel filter - fuel line connectors - any idea how to remove?

mines the same. i used a flathead screwdriver and pushed in on the colored part, then pulled off. it was pretty tight so i had to wiggle a good bit.
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yea with 4.10s a 3.slow and 33s it will be a 3.dudegetthefuckouttamywayyouresoslow
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Becareful to to break it or u gotta replace the whole line. They are not cheap either.
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Becareful to to break it or u gotta replace the whole line. They are not cheap either.
Good write up!
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Default Re: Fuel filter - fuel line connectors - any idea how to remove?

not to thread jack but how many miles should i go before i need to change my fuel filter
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not to thread jack but how many miles should i go before i need to change my fuel filter
I think Ford recommends 15K miles
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Default Re: Fuel filter - fuel line connectors - any idea how to remove?

Well, now that I feel like a total idiot... appreciate the help all. Just got it replaced this morning and the studdering is 100% gone. I let the old filter drain out, and it was definately overloaded. The remaining gas was comming out a pretty dark shade of brown, so I can safely say that was the problem.

@2003fordranger1: Ford recomends 15k, my haynes manual suggests 30k, and I've also heard as high as 60k for other models. From now on, I'm planning on replaceing mine at ~25k or as needed. The filter that I just took off, as far as I know, has been on there for about 113k and I just started seeing the effects, so obviously there is some leway. I assume that was a motocraft filter, and IMHO, motocraft makes relatively good stuff. I now have a WIX filter on there, so we'll see how well it holds up. Even if I only get the 15k out of it, it was only $8...

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Old 07-03-2011, 11:09 AM
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Default Re: Fuel filter - fuel line connectors - any idea how to remove?

you need a special tool that the automotive shops carry to remove your fuel filter,
I just replaced mine and had to take it to brake max to remove filter,
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:19 AM
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Default Re: Fuel filter - fuel line connectors - any idea how to remove?

You can use a flat blade screwdriver to push those tabs in or a stout thumbnail... but FYI, I found this during my frustration, before I figured out that your don't have to dig those "clips" out of the fuel lines!!
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