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Old 06-13-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default changing fuel filter 04-08.

i did mine today and figured i would do a how to write up on it for anyone interested! here it goes..

step 1- you will need a fuel line disconnect tool here is the kit i borrowed from my brother but you can get a cheap one from the autoparts store!
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i used the red (5/16 fuel line) tool

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step 2- the fuel filter is located on the inside of the frame rail on the drivers side of the truck just under the cad
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step 3- once you find the filter its time to grab the red tool. i started with the fuel line with the orange clip. spread the tool apart and place it over the metal fuel line of the filter. once you done that slide the tool into the connection and at the same time gently pull the two apart like so (make sure to place a container under the genral area there will be a small amount of fuel in the filter and lines not much though)
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step 4- now its time to do the other side of the filter, the process is exactly the same except there is a metal clip that must be removed inorder to get the tool into the connection as shown below


to remove the metal clip push it down and then push it out of the connection..

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once clip is free you need to get the tool inthere the same as the previous step only this time as you can see above there is a plastic retaining clip holding the elbow inplace so when you push the tool in gently pull the elbow straight back making sure the fuel line comes out of the plastic clip also


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after you have the lines disconnected i found it was eassiest to push the filter out of the holder towards the front of the truck like so

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once out it will look like this..

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now its time to put the new filter back into place.make sure to have the arrow on the filter pointing towards the front of the truck. i simply pushed it down into the holder but you can also slide it back in the same way you pushed it out. once the new filter is inplace the red tool is nolonger needed just gently push the lines back on the same way you took them off you will feel and hear them click back into place
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once everythin is reconnected i turned the key on and off afewtimes without starting the truck to get the air out of the lines you will hear the fuel pump make a abnormal sound for the first few turns but it is normal and will go away after afew turns of the key. next you should start the truck and let run while checking your fittings for leaks if you are leak free you are done and have succesfully done your first fuelfilter change on your truck!!
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That's a great lesson for me (at least).

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Good write up.
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thanks guys like i said glad i could help out!!
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how often should the fuel filter be changed?
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what happend to the pictures on these instructions? And how do you depressurize the fuel line?

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Did mine the other day. I let the truck sit for a while, not much fuel came out, mostly from the filter itself.
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yeah when i did this there was minimal fuel that spilt out basically whatever was in the filter and alitle from the lines nothing major.

and i dont know what happend to the pics!
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edit; i think i know what happend to the pics i deleted abunch of pics out of my profile album and apparently it deleted all my pics from various threads sorry guys i may be able to get them back off my computer ill check it out!!
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Okay, I'll skip the depressurizing if it's not necessary. Last question, was my motorcraft fuel filter supposed to have dust caps? If so, it didn't.....
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Simple procedure, remove the fuel pump fuse, crank the engine for a short period of time (don't know how long technically). Relieves the pressure from the low pressure pump. For extra measure of precaution, find relief valve on fuel rail (looks like a metal valve stem), cover with small rag (which will be rinsed with water and discarded) and release pressure with small screwdriver or like tool.
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every 30,000 miles, but if the fuel filter gets plugged then u could end up wrecking your fuel pump
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Not sure what the previous post is all about......but I just changed fuel filter. Had a bit of trouble getting the tool into the side with the metal clip....but with a screw driver and a little leverage I got it.

Nobody answered my question about dust caps. I found a different "how-to" thread on another site, and in his instructions he references a dust cap. The cap would keep debris from entering the fuel filter between manufacture and install. Will someone please comment on whether or not their fuel filter came with dust caps.

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Can you remove the fuel pump fuse? I didnt think there was a fuse just for the fuel pump at least it wasnt listed in the manual or owners book..

I have always wondered if you could just change the filter in the morning after the truck has been sitting and not worry about fuel preasure, but each time I have changed it I went into the passengers kick panel, put the end of my torque wrench on the emergency shut off and banged on it lightly. That kicks the emergency switch off and the truck will turn over but wont start, Then you know all preasure has been released..

ALl you need to do is press the switch back in to turn it back on.
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Okay, I'll skip the depressurizing if it's not necessary. Last question, was my motorcraft fuel filter supposed to have dust caps? If so, it didn't.....

I just bought a motorcraft fuel filter tonight, and it didn't have dust caps either. So, I wouldn't worry about it... lol
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you can depressurize the fuel system by pulling the fuse for the fuel pump, THEN start the truck it will run for about 15 sec. then it will just shut off like when you run out of gas only no worry about damage to your pump. then when your all done just put the fuse back in and cycle the key to prime the system.
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you can depressurize the fuel system by pulling the fuse for the fuel pump, THEN start the truck it will run for about 15 sec. then it will just shut off like when you run out of gas only no worry about damage to your pump. then when your all done just put the fuse back in and cycle the key to prime the system.
Where is the fuel pump fuse on a 2005 screw 4x4 5.4?
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