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Tech Tip: Fuel filter change 07up Sport Trac

Discussion in '2007 - 2010 Explorer Sport Trac' started by stylin99, February 22, 2010.

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    1. stylin99

      stylin99 Active Member

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      I just changed my fuel filter on the STA at 23000 miles for added safety with all the changes I'm about to make. I thought I'd mention it here for others who want to do it themselves.

      There are literally no special tools needed. Just make sure to wear safety glasses and have lots of rags available for the fuel that will come out.

      It's located on the front of the gas tank. Remove the 2 10mm nuts holding the black plastic cover over the fuel filter to get to it. There are 2 quick disconnect clips to figure out, so there's no more need for a special fuel line tool. (Thank you Ford!)

      The fuel line is under pressure, so either release your fuel pressure (you can pull the fuse for your fuel pump, start the car, and let it run till it dies), or just be ready for the little short pressurized squirt of fuel when you disconnect.

      The white clip , simply press in on the 2 tabs until it pushes to the other side. Pull the fuel line off. The clip doesn't come all the way off the line, just moves out of the way so the fuel line can come loose.

      The red clip was a bit trickier to understand. So I pulled out my Ford technical manuals so I didn't break it. See posted photo below for a diagram. Once you have the clip pushed back per the diagram, pull the fuel line off.

      Replace the fuel filter.
      Put the clips back on.
      Replace the plastic cover with the 2 nuts.
      You're done!

      [​IMG]
       
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      Thanks.. I'm at 56k now so I'm about to change it, I did my mustang a few weeks ago with no problems, but needed to buy that stupid tool, I was hoping I had another use for it (this truck) but I guess not! LOL

      So are you saying you can change it without releaing the pressure? Is the a cut off switch or something to unplug? or just that fuse?
       
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      you should be able to use the inertia switch under the right kick panel to shut off the fuel pump.Run the engine for a few seconds to use up the fuel in the line
       
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      I don't know this system but my cobra if you let it sit over night the pressure in the fuel line drops and you don't get a spurt of gas.
       
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      yeah my mustang has an inertia switch in the truck, you unplug it, run it till it dies then change the filter..
       
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      Yep inertia switch is another way that works.
       
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      I was always told not to run an engine out of gas b/c is will f up the fuel injection. How is it kosher to kill the flow and run it till it dies?
       
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      It's actually in the technical manual to use that procedure by Ford techs directly.

      Maybe the older fuel injection systems were a problem, but today's systems are designed for it. It's the same thing as switching fuel injectors, or changing a fuel filter. Gas runs out... air gets in the line. The system purges it thru the engine on the first couple revolutions and you're good to go.

      Basically at idle, if the engine runs out of fuel, it has nothing to burn, and therefore can't ignite. Pistons stop moving, and it shuts off. Nothing bad happens. If you run out of fuel at wide open throttle, that's a different story.
       
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      Nice. Thanks for the info!
       
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      With the engine cold and idling, all you are doing is relieving the pressure. What they are referring to is running out while driving and the engine hot and under a load....causes it to lean out
       
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      Your walk through helped alot! I just changed the filter with no problems, except I smelled like gas for 2 days. Thanks!
       
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      Awesome! Glad it helped. Just explain to people that you were born with gasoline in your blood. They'll understand the smell immediately if they are car nuts.
       
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      Thank you for posting that tech tip stylin99. :thumbsup:
      Mine will be due to be changed soon.
       
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      Thanks for the info Stylin99. I just stickied the thread for preservation.
       
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      How much is a gas filter and how often should it be changed?
       
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      Maybe $10-12. Ideally, every 30k miles or so, but most cars don't see problems with fuel filters until over 50k. It's a cheap part, so I try to change mine every 30k to ensure it's not clogged with fuel deposits.
       
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      I Wonder

      Thanks for the tip. Mine's due for a change, and now I know where to look.

      Regarding residual fuel pressure. The new returnless fuel systems rely on a tight seal on the gas cap and evaporative fuel recovery canister. Could opening the gas cap and/or the evap hose under the hood help?
       
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      i just changed my filter and it was easier than i thought. i pulled the fuse and started the truck but it wouldnt ignite fully. so i just pulled the filter and a small amount of fuel came out but i had my oil drip pan to catch it all. replaced the filter with a purolator and it fit right in. started the truck to check for leaks, no leaks, good to go.
      thanks for the guide, that red clip was a little bit of a hassle but got it off nicely
       
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      Red clip is tough the first time, but your directions helped a lot!
      Here are some pix for those having problems finding it, or looking for more info...

      Where? Here!
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      Overview:
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      Cover: 10mm Deep Well Socket works best...
      [​IMG]

      Once the output connection is released, the filter can be moved inboard to give you more room in dealing with the red clip.
       
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      I bought a after market fuel filter that replaces Ford's (GKI fuel filter part number FG1011).
      I took it to Midas to instal the mechanic did not know how to take the retaining clip off the fuel line broke it, now it is Ty-wrapped, pissed off but lesson learned, i also had the maintenance manual which i totally forgot about, should have done this job myself. MAJOR LESSON get the proper/special tool to pop open the retaining clip.

      Cheers .
       
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      Just replaced my filter

      Thank you greatly for the explanation of how to change the filter. The green clip is quite self explanatory, but all I could think of was breaking the red clip and having to replace the fuel line. I looked at this and figured the red clip out. It's quite easy to open it but I'd bet it's easy to break it as well. I messed up and started my trac before I changed the filter. No problems though. Just had a little bit of gas trickle out.

      I replaced it because the truck started shuttering at about 50mph and then idled rough at a stop light. I couldn't get it to do it again and had no CEL light on. So I replaced the filter, which looked like an original, it was a motor raft filter and my trac has 78000 on it now. I just bought it three weeks ago.
       
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      I have read thru this entire thread and can NOT get the red clamp on my 07 ST fuel filter. I went ahead and disconnected the green one, hoping that this would give me some room to maneuver it but no such luck. I've checked out the diagrams for the manual on the first post and still can NOT get this. The red clamp is unlocked, but I can't get it disconnected from the old fuel filter and am afraid I'm going to break it! Does ANYONE have any advice or tricks they used to get the tricky red clamp without breaking it? I would greatly appreciate any help!
       
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      My Father called me today from Firestone while getting his usual tire rotation. They quoted him $130! $30 filter + $80 labor + *$20 special labor for removing shield. (the special charge wasn't on the quote last time they recommenced) What a joke. I reminded him I changed it 6 months ago. $12 Wix filter and 20 minuets.
      ...don't get me started on their *found high copper content!* in the brake fluid. I COMPLETELY flushed the system 6 months ago as well.
      Anyway, thanks for the write-up:thumbsup:
      They also recommended the fuel injector service. Which I agree with. BUT, he just got that service the last time he was in! Sheesh.
       
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      Great write up! Just changed mine myself for the first time and it was pretty easy and only took about an hour, next time I'll prob be able to knock it out much faster!
       
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      Do y'all recommend the motocraft filter or does it matter?

      Thanks for the great writeup. I just got my sport trac and plan to do this soon!
       

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