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Ok, before someone says do a search, I have searched and people seem to have more complications with it than there should be. I've replaced fuel filters on other cars and it was plain and simple. Get the clips off with flat head screwdriver, remove the lines from the filter, put new filter on, put new clips on DONE. Whats different with the Thunderbird? I'm searching and found that you need a special disconnect tool? Is that really necessary? Shouldn't the new filter come with clips incase the old ones break? Whats so complicated about the engine side of the fuel filter? Just want to know before I start.

Car is already on ramps and i got off the nuts that hold the protector plate on. The clamp is loosened and the filter is hanging down. I don't care about a little gas leakage..I'm smart enough not to stare right at the lines when i pull them off the filter. Whats the best way to get the lines off of the engine side of the fuel filter. Car is a 96 so i'm assuming it's thrown in with later models.

thanks.
 

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This may help.


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Quick disconnect, they sell special tools for it, no clips needed, with the right tools it will take 5 minutes.
 

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Mine has the nylon clips on both ends, I don't have the fitting for the disconnect tool on the engine side. I thought this was just a V6 thing, maybe it's a '97 thing! :D

Joe
 

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Discussion Starter #8 (Edited)
at thunderchicken, thanks for the video. For some reason, it wouldn't show up on my iphone. I replaced the filter and it was rather simple. I wasted my money on the disconnect fuel line tool because I didnt need it. One clip came right off and the other broke while i was taking it off, but i just replaced it with the clip that came with filter. I'm not sure why so many here had difficulties removing it...maybe I was just lucky because mines a 96.

Anyway, the lettering on the old filter was just about worn out completely and it had surface rust on it. What i could make out though, is that it was a motorcraft made in USA. The fuel coming out of the gas tank side was discusting. I don't ever remember having it replaced so is it safe to assume it was the fuel filter the car was made with back in 96? I cleared my codes and hopefully the p0171 code wont come back again but who knows.


Is there any type of gas treatment/cleaner i should put in the tank on the next fill-up?
 

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Most Welcome , Run a can of seafoam through it , That will help clean things up a bit .
 
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