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How often to change fuel filter?

How often should the fuel filter be replaced? I believe the one that is currently on my truck is the original or hasn't been changed in the past 5 or 6 years as I know my brother wouldn't take it to the dealer for maintenance and oil change places don't use motorcraft parts.
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I believe every 10,000 miles may be wrong
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haha I'm way over 10x that.
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i think 60,000 is the recommended number. i do it about every 12-15000
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Haha, I do that think it has ever been done on my truck.
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I checked my owners manual, and it says "see your dealer or a qualified service technician."
Don't know why they don't just put it in the manual. Think it's about 50-60K.
No need to change it more often than factory recommendation. Those filters are expensive.
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Those filters are expensive.
One for my truck was like 12 or 14 bucks

Motorcraft from oreilly is 20.00 bucks
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I do mine around every 15K. Which reminds me i'm about due on both my car and truck.
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i stay within 15-20k
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Depending on the type of gas normally used. 15-20k is what I have always been told.
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I have heard it is a pain to change, but mine is due for a new one too
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Mine was super easy, took me 30 seconds to change it.
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I was going to replace mine and couldnt do it so my dad is going to get it changed sometime this week.
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I got the tool for about $5 and it took about 5 minutes with me not knowing what I was doing. Pull the relay for the fuel pump, try to start the truck for a few seconds to take away the fuel pressure. Then craw under the truck, use the tool to pop off the fuel lines from the filter. Pull the filter off and put in a bucket since its full of fuel. Put the new one in the holder and push the lines back on. Put the relay back in, and done. It's quite easy.
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10-15,000...
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I got the tool for about $5 and it took about 5 minutes with me not knowing what I was doing.
Have you ever found a Factory fuel line tool installed near the fuel filter? I was under a Ford Windstar one day and noticed an odd piece of plastic molded into a plastic bracket near the fuel filter. With a few twists it broke loose and I discovered that it was a fuel filter tool molded in from the assembly line - kind of cheapy looking, but it still works okay.

And I'd say between 15-25k for changing the filter.
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I think its easier for your trucks than the 4.0s, but I don't know I just remember reading somewhere that its a PITA
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The engine doesn't matter, the fuel filters are the same
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yo releive the fuel pressure you can just push the shrader valve on the fuel rail. i've never releived the pressure before doing mine. gas is going to come out wether you bleed the pressure off or not.
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But if you've been doing some high rpm driving right before you turn it off the pressure might be quite high.
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10-15k miles, its cheap and easy its better to just get it done more often than not man you can do it in your driveway
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it doesn't matter on engine size I take mine off the same way my dad does on his 98 cobra
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where can u pick up the tool at? whats it called?
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its somethign like a fuel line/ac disconnect, and u can get them at advance auto parts for under $10. not a pain in the *** at all. oh ya get the little piece, its just a little plastic circle piece that u stick on the line.
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I have a feeling if I change my fuel filter, it will significantly increase my MPGs, because my filter is 7 years and 250 000 miles old...
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