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Fuel Filter Replacement w/pics

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by muzzymaniac, November 1, 2007.

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  1. princessjada420

    princessjada420 New Member

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    Does this apply for the 2002 model? I have an XLT four door model and I was told by a shop that my fuel filter is under the hood. Is that true?
     
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  3. muzzymaniac

    muzzymaniac Active Member

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    Did you look for it?
     
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    No 2002 Explorer (non-sport) fuel filters is located under the front passenger's seat on the bottom of the truck in front of the gas tank. You have to remove a heat shield and a rock shield before it is reviled.

    A haynes manual has pictures pointing to its specific location.
     
  5. abbyroadkill

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    great help all

    thanks for all the input

    i love you explorerforum.com
     
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    Thanks for this post gents. This filter was a Royal P.I.T.A.! I could not have done it without your help.
     
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    Great Thread!! Worked like a charm!!
     
  8. muzzymaniac

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    I love that it's helped so many people.
     
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    Awesome post! I'm hoping this will clear up my rough idle too. It's just a fuel filter, why must they make it so complicated? lol
     
  10. 02MANNY!

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    THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO!! I jsut changed my filter and without this info I most probably would've broke the clips.
    Couple of things I did learn:
    - you all said to relief the pressure on the system BUT what I have done before AND this time AND it worked...I let the truck sit overnight and just before I started the removal process I opened the gas tank lid...NO over spray just a small leakage form the lines and the filter but nothing a rag couldn't handle
    - I reisntall the nuts after removing the filter plastic shield for leverage
    - I used a small screw driver to undo the red clips. I inserted the screw driver head on the first available hole...it's hard to explain but, if you are looking at the clip and you see all the small ridges, start at the other end and in between the first lip and the second one, insert the screw driver; push up (not to hard) and the twist counterclockwise and the clip will come open; then bend the tap down; with the screwdriver on one hand use your finger to pull the first tab in (towards the line) and use the screw driver to push it up; then push the other side up till you hear it pop open.
    -BEFORE you remove the filter use a sharpie to mark the one of the line (I marked the top one) so you can remember which one goes up.
    - DO NOT EVEN WAIST YOUR TIME USING THE PLASTIC TOOL ( I might work great on Mustang fuel rails and lines but not on our X's). I did only cause when I started it was already late and the auto parts was closed but after and hour I gave up and waited till the next day to buy the metal tool (I think it was a 3/8) and 5 minutes after I used it the filter was out!
    - bang the old filter out on the vise and use the caps from the new one before you despose of it
    - after installation (reverse of all the stuff we know so far) turn the key on and off without starting the engine to pressurize the system and then go for it
    - check for leaks
    - turn it off and reisntall plastic and metal shields (don't forget to remove the nuts if you used them for leverage like I did)

    Thanks all for the good info! it HELPED!! :)
    Another thing off the tune up list (good visual inspection to include tires and brakes, wiper blades, ALL fluids/filters, plugs & boots...now to find/replace the PCV valve while I flush the radiator) then I'm done...I'm not doing the O2 sensors unless a few of you HIGHLY recommends it ($110 I don't really have after having to fix the A/C and the rear power window motors) :)
    v/r
    Manny
    good luck w/ your removal (I had over 96k on mine and I have to admit it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be) :)
     
  11. BrooklynBay

    BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting it. The guys at work were going to replace my fuel filter for me, but told me they couldn't find it. Ha! Now I know why.
    I had to take it to the dealership.
     
  13. spikedog

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    I got this knocked out this morning. What a miserable PITA! Couldn't even find it without your help. The red clip threw me for awhile, but I got it done. The 2006 Explorer had some mild differences, but not enough to matter too much.

    This has got to be some kind of FOMOCO plot to make money off us do-it-yerselfers. Thanks again for the detailed instructions. I always demo the filter to see what was in there, and it was fairly dirty even after only 43,000 miles. Do it every 3 years.
     
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    i have a 2004 explorer that stalls when i start it sometimes, and if it doesnt stall it almost does, and the rpms fluctuates from extremely low to over 1000 at idle, and when i press the gas pedal, it doesn't engage until i slam it down. quite annoying...i've been told i need a new IAC valve...so i went and bought one from advanced auto parts, well now some guy on here is telling me that 04 explorers don't even have IAC valves... so if they do have IAC valve, where is it located on an 04, if they don't have one, then would a fuel filter fix my problems? i have no idea when the last time the fuel filter was replaced as i bought the car at 68k miles and it started this crap shortley after. i'm not at 89k miles
     
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    I just have to say two things. First, this thread has been a ton of help. Second, whoever designed these "quick" disconnect fittings should be kicked in the crotch about 30 times.
     
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    Having the shakes on my 04 sport. Changed plugs, wires. Tried taking the fuel filter off two times now, tools will not get it off. One end comes off but the front line will not come off. Any ideas besides replacing the whole line:(
     
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    push deeper

    and, prepare for the golden shower that you wont like...

    (be sure there's no crap in the void space preventing the tool from getting to where it needs to go. It will go, I promise. )
     
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    Help!!!

    What do you do if the output line won't come off?
     
  19. xtoolmaker

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    Try reading all the above posts. Many others have had trouble with the fuel lines,and they all have removed them .Mostly take your time,and report back when you have it done.
     
  20. chriswestern

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    Awsome!!! Great instructions! However it just made me want to have my mechanic do because I live in Iowa and it's freakin cold and snowy here and I'm too lazy to pull out my kerosene heater etc.....perhaps I will use your instructions this fall to do myself.
     
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    OK, I just replaced my filter on a 02 V8. I was pretty smug after studying these posts. Boy, was I wrong. This is a bear! The hardest fitting was the output end that needs the tool. I used the sissor type, so can't judge the smaller plastic ones that others have dismissed. It is 3/8" diameter. Because of a recommendation on this site, I finally angled the front edge of the tool so it would slip under the locking teeth of the connector. I fussed with this for a long time. I was about to give up, but took a dental mirror and contorted to look inside the fitting and realized how the connector was designed. You need to get under the locking teeth to push them up to release. A slight angle on the front face of the tool will help it get under and release the locking mechanism. Hope this helps.
    Bob
     

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