ok i bin trying to do this for 3 months now.... i i baught the tool to take off the fuel lines and everything.. i tried to get the place i got my oil change to do it.. they got one line off.. and said cant do it...so wut the hell.. so anyways.. tried it myself.. and cant even get one line off.. so this sux.. i asked a ford specialist to change it and they said o we gota put it on the hoist.. bye the time we do this and that.. so he said minanum 78/hour so i told him to f**k off.. so wut do i do?? i even tried to get my buddys dad to help me.. he said no go.. is there a trick to taking these things off? thanx
I've changed them before without the tool. They're pretty easy. There's a plastic clip that fits around the hose. Pull the clip out with a screwdriver (new clips come with a new filter) and the hose slids right off. It should be a 2 minute job.
well i noticed my filter came with those clips.. but mines different.. the clips are on the inside of the fuel line.. and thats y i had to buy that certain tool.. and still cant get it off.. i did try pulling it hard to! but that proboly just made it more stuck...dam
If they are the plastic clips, just pry on the top with a screwdriver as if you were trying to remove them and they should break off. That's the way all of them i've seen have been. What year is your truck?
If you have the newer style that uses the split "c" tool, try pusing the line further onto the filter then inserting the tool over the line and pushing into the end while rotating in alittle bit until you see it go in deeper, the pull the line and tool off the filter together. Word of caution, if this is fuel injected, wait at least 5 minutes after engine shutdown to do this or you will get a face full of fuel. They are buggers to get off. The fuel filter has a raised lip on it near the end of the tube, the end of the line has a clip or spring inside of it that locks it onto the lip of the filter.
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Just soak the fitting with some type of penetrating lubricant and let it sit all night. Then come back the next day and use that tool to separate 'em. I do it that way every time and the lines come right off.
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useing the "C" tool, snap it around the filter collar, but don't use it yet. Push the fuel line as far back against the filter as it will move, then force the "c" tool into place. this helps cover the little prongs on the end of the filter and will release the line. do the side with the longest line (front if I remember right) and also remove the bracket that holds the filter to give you some more room
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Get The Plastic Set Of Garter Spring Tools, I Used Light Oil And Rotated The Tool And Wiggled The Line And They Came Apart Ok, You May Also Want To Push The Two Lines Together As You Do This It May Help. You Can Use These For The Ac Lines As Well, The "c" Clip Style Have Two Fingers, One Of These Will Have A Small Finger Of Material That You Will Need To Gently Push In While Prying On The C Part Of The Clip Careful And You Can Reuse Them Just Find
If you punch a hole in the filter with a BRASS punch it will let the pressure out and keep you from getting a spray in the face. But once you punch the hole your stuck fininshing the job so make sure you have another car to get to the parts store case you need some thing.
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They are a drag. A bit of pulling and twisting will get it though. I replaced the little clips because I mangled one. Worst comes to worst you can pull super hard and just plan on replacing the clips any way.
I'm beginning to think we've got the same configuration on our inline filter..... The existing one on my truck doesn't have those plastic clips and the diagrams in the shop manual doesn't look anything like what I'm finding there either. I have a '96 Eddie Bauer F-150 and the connectors are roughly 1-1/2" -2" long and stairstep out two times from the line side to the female end on the filter side. There's no exterior ring or anything as it appears in the diagrams shown in another reply to this post. There's one metal 'saddle clip' on the front line side of the filter. The clip is easy to remove, but still haven't had any luck budging the filter from the fuel line.
Do I need a 'special' tool to get the line to release?
I wasn't about to do anything too drastic, as this is my only transportation to work! I wish I'd taken a picture of it while I was under there last night because, so far, nobody I've spoken with has had a clue what I'm talking about.
Anybody here have any suggestions...... or a part number for the tool I'd need if there is one?
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