The fuel filter tool use varies on each model of each year. Some years require the tool and others do not. My 01 Edge does not require the tool, but I've had arguments with guys with 01 XLT's saying that they need the tool. Easy way to tell is use your thumb to pry the hoses off. If they do not come off with barely any force, you'll need the tool.
As for the filter you have, I don't know. I replaced my metal stock filter with a black plastic UAP/NAPA filter. It was the same size, just black plastic instead of metal. Another reason why I don't go to any other part stores, the staff are retarded. UAP/NAPA guys know their stuff.
2001 Ranger Edge - Bright Island Blue3.0L/5-Speed Manual/Supercab/Stepside/Sliding Rear Window/Step Bars/31x10.5 BFG All Terrain T/A's on Factory Chrome Rims/Class III Hitch/Black headlights & Corners/Black Tail Lights/Titanium Chrome Corner & Signal Bulbs/Sylvania Silverstar ULTRA Headlights & Fogs/Ventshade Window Vents/Tonneau Cover/14% Tint/Pioneer Deck w/ 2x12" Pioneer Subs & Clarion Amp/MAC Intake/Leather Seat Covers/Bilstein Shocks/Westin Safari Bar with 6" 130W Blue Tint Fogs/2006 Fender Badging/LED 3rd Brake Light
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