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my car died, i thought it was the fuel fump or computer but when i started to look into the problem it would start and idle for a bit so it is the fuel filter i found where it is. who put it there.. idiot. anyway what is the easyist way to get to it and do i need a special tool to take it off
 

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A new filter comes with the clips just make sure they are in the package.
 

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I'll be doing my filter soon. should have done it when the motor was out... :mad:
 

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wo-man? what is this? :D
 

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Just wanted to chime in here as I have never seen a good explanation on how to do this so I'll say my piece so others can search for it. Yes, the fuel filter was definitely placed there by someone who obviously wanted Escort owners to suffer. Here's how I get at it

1) De-pressurize the fuel system. Inside the car on the driver's side under the dash by the fuses is the fuel shutoff switch. It's behind a little labeled door/cover. You'll see a little red button that is already pushed down. Get a paperclip and pop it up through a small slit on the side. This will disable your fuel pump. Crack your engine and let it run until it stalls. Crack it a few more times and your good. You will still need a small catch can under the car as you will always have some residual fuel leakage.

2) You'll find the fuel filter strapped to the firewall with a type of hose clamp to the left of the power steering. There are a ton of hoses here in the way... some you can move and some you can't. Remove or move all the hoses you can, don't touch the hard lines. There are two hard lines that are easily movable, you'll have to push these aside to get at the filter. you can remove them if you wish but it's a PITA so moving them out of the way will work fine. This is the most important step because it is essentially what makes this so damn hard to do.

3) Take a long thin screwdriver and gently work the top clip off. Long needle nose pliers will also help. You will not be able to grip this with your hand, I've tried and I have relatively small hands, you just can't. You will not break the clip if you just pull straight back. It's frustrating but just be patient. Once it's off remove the top hose and push it to the side

4) Reach your hand all the way down pushing the hoses that are there out of the way with your other hand until you and grab the bottom of the fuel filter. Once your past the hoses at the top you have more room at the bottom to maneuver. Feel around for the little tab of the bottom clip and pull it off with your hand. Although you are doing this blind believe it or not this one is always easier for me than the top one, probably since you can actually use your hand. This one will usually leak a little fuel so be prepared.

5) You'll need an 8mm socket IIRC to loosen the hose clamp that secures the filter to the firewall. It's again not easy but doable with a short extension and a long ratchet.

6) The easy part... pull out the filter :)

7) Put the clips back on the fuel lines now BEFORE the new filter goes in. They are designed so you can snap the lines on with the clips already in place.

8) Put in the new filter remembering that the flow is from the bottom to the top (ie the OUT should be faceing up).

9) Snap on the lines, tug on them to make sure they are secure. Replace the hoses that you removed and be sure to push in the little red button you popped out for the fuel shutoff.

10) Go for a drive, have a beer, and relax (in that order)
 

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Removing the battery and battery tray makes it much easier to get at.
 

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thats what i plan on doing.
 
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