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how do you change out the fuel filter on a 2004 Ford Explorer.

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how do you change out the fuel filter on a 2004 Ford Explorer. 6 cyl
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Eric replied 7 years ago.

Hi,

 

Here are directions:

 

  • Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the -Precautions- section.
  • Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  • Properly relieve the fuel system pressure.
  • Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
  • Remove the bolts and the fuel filter heat shield.
  • Remove the nuts and the fuel filter shield.
  • Disconnect the quick release and spring lock couplings and remove the fuel filter.

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    Fuel line fittings:

     

    Push Connect Fittings





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    Fig. Disconnect the safety clip from the male hose



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    Fig. Install the tool and push it into the fitting



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    Fig. Separate the fittings



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    Fig. Align the tube and fitting and push together until you hear a click



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    Fig. Pull on the fitting to make sure it-s secure, then install the safety clip

     

    Spring Lock Coupling





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    Fig. Remove the safety clip, install the spring lock coupling disconnect tool



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    Fig. Close the tool



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    Fig. Push the tool into the open side of the cage



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    Fig. Separate the coupler



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    Fig. Remove the tool



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    Fig. Lubricate the O-rings with 5W-30 oil



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    Fig. Push the coupler together until the garter spring in engaged



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    Fig. Pull on the coupler to make sure it-s fully engaged

     

     

    Ford disconnect tool is about $2 at any parts store:

     

     

     

    Fuel line pressure relief:

  • Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
    NOTE The fuel pump relay is located in the battery junction box (BJB) location C-1051.
  • Remove the fuel pump relay.
  • Start the engine and allow it to idle until it stalls.
  • After the engine stalls, crank the engine for approximately 5 seconds to make sure the fuel rail pressure has been released.
  • Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
  • When the fuel system service is complete, install the fuel pump relay.
    NOTE It may take more than one key cycle to pressurize the fuel system.
  • Cycle the ignition key and wait 3 seconds to pressurize the fuel system. Check for leaks before starting the engine.
  • Start the vehicle and check the fuel system for leaks
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