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Old 07-05-2007
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fuel filter change... im stumped

so after running my truck more to diagnose the fuel leak, i see it is squirting from the outflow nipple on the fuel filter. The hose must have come loose off the nipple somehow... is this possible?

So I decided I want to change my fuel filter to be safe. All the fuel filters at autozone or advance auto have one nipple on each side. My trucks fuel filter has 2 nipples on the side of the filter by the tank. My truck isnt a flex fuel one, so why would it be like this.


Also, what tool do I need to get those damn fittings off the fuel filter? and how is the filter held in there?
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its hard to describe how its in there, but you get a tool that slips between the nipple and the inside of the line, and the line comes off, it was a real PITA for me..

as for the filter, go there, and have them search up and down a year, and different engines until you find the right one
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so will me just pushing the line back onto the nipple hard keep it on there? if the line stays on the filter, ill just change the filter some other time.
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if it stays and doesnt leak.. sure?

but i would keep an eye on it
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It sounds like you are looking at the fuel filters that are out by the PCV valves and air filters. You need to go to the parts counter because the one for your truck will be in the back.

You have the two nipples on one side of the filter for fuel to flow back into after the evaporative emissions control system (charcoal canister).

You will need to buy a pack of replacement clips for one of the quick disconnect fittings (the output one). They are white, and you do not get one with the new filter. Look at the white clip on the output side of the filter if you need to see what it looks like. You simply remove the white clip with a screwdriver to disconnect that line and replace with a new clip after reattaching the line.

The other two quick disconnects can be released by carefully pushing down on the orange and green colored tabs. You DO NOT remove them, you only push down on them like a button. There is a tool to release them as well, but as long as you are not prone to breaking things and are gentle, you can do it with just your hands. These two will only go back one way, so do not worry about mixing them up. Do NOT force the quick connect on the filter! If it does not attach easily, you are trying to put it on the wrong nipple. You will hear a click when it is attached.

The filter itself is just bolted to the frame rail. The whole assembly comes out and you get a new bracket with the replacement filter. Keep the nut though because you will not get a replacement nut. There is a brake line clipped into the bracket. Simply pop it out, but remember to clip it into the new bracket when you install it.

Also, remember to remove pressure from the lines. Remove the gas cap and remove the fuse for the fuel pump, then start the truck and let it die. You will still get gas on you, so protect your eyes and use common sense.

You should never ever have to force a quick disconnect line. If you do, you are doing something wrong.
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there was no white clip what so ever on the output side, all there is is the black fitting connected onto the line. i didnt see any white clip, so i wouldnt know what to look for at the store...

how does this clip keep the fitting on?
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it should look like this


it should come with two white clips

unplug the innertia switch and turn on the car until it dies. get under and unclip the old filter and remove it (there should be a hose climp holding it on.) take it out and put the new one in the same place (and the same direction). clip it in, plug in the innertia switch and start it up.

if the fuel filter is not the same as the one that is already on there....return it and make sure you get the correct one. dont try to ghetto rig it on there.
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so i got this whole job done. had to snap the bolt off the old filter because it just kept spinning. i then got the clips off both the tank side lines. the engine side line was already off. so i bought a pack of the clips and new filter, put them on and put the new clamps in.

started my baby up, and no leaks! its just so funny how a lil plastic piece that costs a few cents could cause such a big problem and costs so much in gas
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Icon9 Broken Fuel Filter Clips

Hi People!

I'm new to this Ranger forum...mine is a 2000 Mazda Troy-Lee, 3.0 Cab Plus, which is essentially a Ranger...
What happens if I break one of the clips (I believe an R-Clip, as the manual states)?

I just broke one while changing the fuel filter. I put the clip back on, it stays in place and I taped over it with duct tape to prevent the clip from falling. So far no leaks.

Where can I get the clips? I plan on replacing them.

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Robert
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Robb have to go to a picknpay junkyard probably. Usually the parts houses dont have a clue what you are talking about.
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You are absolutely right...
They do not...

They thought this filter was changed with the special tool that they sell. I have the tool, for my F-150. I did not need it for the Ranger.

I'll post here to let you know if any clips for any other year or model will fit. I'll keep looking.

Thanks again!!
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We restored an old mustang, and every time we would go to the parts house, we come out either empty handed, or wed have to go back. They think that one specific part will fit every year of a particular model of vehicle...if that makes sense.
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Ive learned first hand go to junk yard for everything except plugs, filters, gaskets, and fluids!
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you can get them at any autoparts store, the are little white c clips that are made for fords quick disconnect system that is used in connecting the fuel lines to the filter. i have a box of spares in my truck just incase another breaks.

want me to get the part number for you?
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