Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Small Chassis Trucks > Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator 1991-1994, 1995-2001, 2002-2005, 2006-2010 Ford Explorer

Welcome to Ford-Trucks Forums!
Welcome to Ford-Trucks.com.

You are currently viewing our forums as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join the Ford-Trucks Forums community today!





 
Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-29-2008, 09:25 PM
V8Limited's Avatar
V8Limited V8Limited is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 22
V8Limited is starting off with a positive reputation.
Fuel filter location

I was going to change out the fuel filter today on my Explorer but I could not find where is was.Does anyone know where Ford decided to put it on the '06-up models? And is it pretty easy to do or should I let the dealer do it? I know how to change them I just don't like getting gasoline all over me.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-30-2008, 07:41 PM
steve(ill)'s Avatar
steve(ill) steve(ill) is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,173
steve(ill) has a good reputation on FTE.steve(ill) has a good reputation on FTE.steve(ill) has a good reputation on FTE.
dont know abou the 06, but the 02-03 is on the passenber side, under the front door area. its only a few inches from the running board, muffler, and drive shaft. there is a tin cover over it and the filter is up toward the floor board.-- not easy to remove.
__________________
2002 SuperCrew 4 x 4 5.4 XLT -115K miles -NEW
2010 EDGE FWD - V6 ----------40,000 miles
2002 Explorer 4 x 4 4.0 XLT --- 162,000 miles
2001 SuperCrew 4 x 4 5.4 XLT -235K miles -GONE
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-31-2008, 01:59 PM
marragtop's Avatar
marragtop marragtop is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 2,450
marragtop is starting off with a positive reputation.
You will need a fuel line disconnect tool to get the filter off. Also, you should relieve the pressure before disconnecting the line.
__________________
'88 F150 4x4
'91 Explorer XLT 4x4
'92 Explorer XLT 4x4
'95 Explorer XLT 4x4
If it don't = 16 (4x4), it ain't worth driving...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-31-2008, 02:57 PM
Milisivana Milisivana is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 59
Milisivana is starting off with a positive reputation.
Might be a stupid question - but after relieving the pressure (taking off the gas cap) and attempting to remove the wire(s) to the fuel filter, do you have to pinch the wires so fuel does not leak/flow out from anywhere?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-31-2008, 03:42 PM
vicv vicv is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 289
vicv is starting off with a positive reputation.
Popping the gas cap won't relieve the pressure in the fuel line. Start the engine, then trip the fuel pump cut-off, the engine will stall. Still need to bleed the fuel rail, there's a schrader vale on it. Cover it with rags, don't do it if engine is hot. Fuel will STILL leak out of the filter, be ready for it, keep your mouth closed.
__________________
97 XLT 4.0
237k miles
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-31-2008, 03:46 PM
Milisivana Milisivana is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 59
Milisivana is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by vicv View Post
Popping the gas cap won't relieve the pressure in the fuel line. Start the engine, then trip the fuel pump cut-off, the engine will stall. Still need to bleed the fuel rail, there's a schrader vale on it. Cover it with rags, don't do it if engine is hot. Fuel will STILL leak out of the filter, be ready for it, keep your mouth closed.
Gotcha - where is the "fuel pump cut-off"?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-31-2008, 10:00 PM
Bikeitswift Bikeitswift is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Canyon Lake Texas
Posts: 421
Bikeitswift is starting off with a positive reputation.
Its been said, but I repeat...You need the special tools! I'd let a shop (not the $$$$dealer)do it. You can also remove the fuse that controls the fuel pump (look in your manual at the fuse log), then start the engine and let it run out of gas....but let a shop do it, you are only going to save about $40.00, and it can be a real pill!!
__________________
At the Lake
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-01-2008, 08:44 AM
Milisivana Milisivana is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 59
Milisivana is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bikeitswift View Post
Its been said, but I repeat...You need the special tools! I'd let a shop (not the $$$$dealer)do it. You can also remove the fuse that controls the fuel pump (look in your manual at the fuse log), then start the engine and let it run out of gas....but let a shop do it, you are only going to save about $40.00, and it can be a real pill!!
I have the tool - I got it at a yard sale for $1.00. haha

I bought the filter already too for $20
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-02-2008, 09:18 AM
vicv vicv is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 289
vicv is starting off with a positive reputation.
On my 97 the cut-off is under/behind the glove box, your owner's manula will show you where yours is. Or, like Bikeitswift said, you can remove the fuse for the fuel pump and run te engine until it dies. You will still get gas from the filter when you remove it, I always get wet.
__________________
97 XLT 4.0
237k miles
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-03-2008, 09:44 PM
HomerWinzlow's Avatar
HomerWinzlow HomerWinzlow is offline
Postmaster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lawton, Oklahoma
Posts: 3,391
HomerWinzlow is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.HomerWinzlow is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Dont know why you all are saying dodge the dealer. At least at my dealership we have a flat half hour charge for replacing the fuel filter. Thats about the 40 bucks one person mentioned paying a local garage to do it. In fact some dealers use a FOMOCO reduced labor rate for service related items with menu pricing. Never hurts to call the dealer and get the price list there first.

Ive seen plenty of MONKEYS break fuel lines and the special connectors at local garages and in driveways at home so you dont necessarily save money going there. 300 bucks for a new fuel line isnt a great deal for a fuel filter service.. IMHO.
__________________
My advice is just advice..Its free "IF THAT DONT FIX IT, SOMETHING ELSE WILL"
The most expensive tool in your box is "impatience"

IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT!!

My Missing Michelle
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-21-2011, 08:45 AM
Mikeymoe Mikeymoe is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 24
Mikeymoe is starting off with a positive reputation.
the fuel filter is located on the passanger side of the vehicle, near the Cat Converter.
there is a heat shield held in plce by three 13 MM bolts, two in the frame and one on the crossmember. remove these bolts and heat shield, and you will see two 10MM nuts- this is an additional shield. remove these nuts and Voila! there is the filter.
Pull the fuel pump relay ( consult owners manual) start the vehicle for the 3-5 seconds it takes to purge the fuel line pressure.
the fuel lines are held in place either by plastic clips, which are squeezed and pushed out of the way, or you may need a fuel line disconnect tool, which is slipped onto the fuel line and "pushed" into the fuel fitting, this will release the spring holding the fuel line in place.
Pay attention to how the filter bracket is mounted. ask me how i know.
if you have no so strong mechanical ability, PLEASE bring it somewhere and pay to have it replaced. My disconnect tools could or would not get the job done.
this simple replacement should have taken maybe 2 hours tops- (8 hours total labor time) i had to cut the fuel outlet line at the filter and fabricated my own tool to get the spring to release the fuel line. it was 15 minutes to re bolt everything back up.
i suspect this was the original filter ( '04 explorer 81K on the odometer) hence the hard time
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-21-2011, 10:00 AM
dkf's Avatar
dkf dkf is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Pa
Posts: 9,211
dkf is a splendid one to beholddkf is a splendid one to beholddkf is a splendid one to beholddkf is a splendid one to beholddkf is a splendid one to beholddkf is a splendid one to beholddkf is a splendid one to behold
I know on the earlier (02'-04') the fuel filters for the 4.0l and 4.6l are in different locations and require a different fuel filter. The filter is easier to get at on the 4.0l models, not so much on the 4.6l models.

Also do not screw with the fuel pump inertia switch, there is no reason for it. If you want to try and relieve pressure and remove excess fuel pull the fuel pump fuse and start the vehicle. It will run out of fuel and shut off. Purging the system at the fuel rail shrader valve is also an option. After changing dozens of filters I have come to the conclusion you do not need to pull the fuse and try to run the system dry or purge it. The fuel filter itself is what holds the most fuel.
__________________
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." (Thomas Jefferson)
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 06-01-2011, 01:07 PM
ahall8 ahall8 is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 80
ahall8 is starting off with a positive reputation.
I know this is after the fact, but might help someone in the future. I wrote a little how to for the fuel filter on my 02 explorer fuel filter.

How to Change Explorer Fuel Filter

Maybe that will save someone a few minutes?
__________________
'97 f150
6" RCD Suspension Lift
35" Nitto Terra Grapplers
Dual exhaust cats no muffler
Brush Guard
My Lifted F150
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 06-01-2011, 03:05 PM
85_Blue's Avatar
85_Blue 85_Blue is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: TX, now NM
Posts: 113
85_Blue is starting off with a positive reputation.
I completely agree that this is not a job for anyone who....

1. doesnt have basic FORD mechanical aptitude (not just some oil & plugs exp)
2. lots of patience, this is a PITA job, especially when working on your back

Everyone pretty much said the same thing here about "how to" but only one person mentioned the time issue. It is not a 20minute filter change unless you have done it before and can really get underneath the vehicle. Exhaust is hot!! and you will touch that pipe.

Just my $1 of exp,
85_Blue
__________________
What is the point of having something nice in the garage for sunday? Show off that beaut EVERYDAY!!!!

1985 F150,XLT,Lariat,Explorer (My Mistress)
2002 Merc Mountaineer
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2011, 03:05 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Small Chassis Trucks > Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator

Tags
02, 2002, 2008, change, cut, explorer, feul, filter, ford, fuel, line, location, mountaineer, replacement, truck

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 AC1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup