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:nailbiting:Hey guys,
I’m having same problem and have been able to watch some videos on the replacement but have not been able to get the correct part number for the filler hose nor been able to get a step by step on dropping the fuel tank. A link would be great
Any assistance on this would be very helpful.
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There are two hoses available. One is a Motorcraft KFL-22, the other is a Spectra Premium FHN055. They should cost under $30. That's the large diameter rubber hose. There is also a hose about 1" or less in size, for venting vapors as you fill the tank, but I would just get a length of fuel rated or auto heater hose the right diameter. It is harder to change, since I think the tank has to be dropped.
It is possible to replace the large hose with the tank still in the car, but its not what I would call easy. First step is to get the car jacked up and safely supported. I would take off the left rear wheel. Getting the metal fuel filler neck out is my next step, and it will come off, its just a near thing getting it out of the wheel well.

If you want to do a better repair (but taking a good bit longer), you need to drop the fuel tank. This involves taking out the rear seat and disconnecting the fuel hoses and lines to the pump from the top of the tank. There is a metal heat shield under/around the tank (the tank is plastic). I think you have to drop the exhaust system (at least from the joint at the back end of the catalytic converter tube), and you have to be really careful undoing the little nuts/bolts that hold the heat shield to the tank; so you dont damage the tank. There are two support straps holding the tank; usually those arent too badly rusted. Dropping the tank will be a little easier if its is low on gas of course; just due to the weight. Atop the tank are a couple of small rubber hose that run to the evaporative canister at the front of the engine compartment.
I have replaced the fuel filler hose on two of my Escorts. With one of them the smaller rubber hose has since begun to leak - so I will figure on dropping the fuel tank to replace that, and the other vapor venting hoses on the top of the tank.

With one of my Escorts, the metal fuel filler neck was badly rusted. I sanded that down and painted it with rustoleum. You can still by new fuel filler neck assemblies. I think they are about $75.

I wonder how many Escorts got junked because of the fuel filler hose leak. I have no idea how much it would cost to have a mechanic replace it.
 

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I've been to all the auto shops around I bought the fuel filler kit hoping both tubes came with no dice bought the hose but its my vent hose that has a hole in it the shop I went too told me to look up the part# and I have no idea what the number is for the vent hose and Autozone/ oriellys isn't helping... Is the vent 5/8ths n is that the size of tube I need for the venting hose I already spent 200 bucks n can't get it fixed without the vent hose is what was told to me while every time I pump gas it leaks
 

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Good write up, I'd make sure to use fuel / emission hose for the vent hose and not heater hose.
At some point the Escorts went to a steel fuel tank, I'm not sure if the '97 would be steel.
 
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