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It is in front of the rear wheel well passenger side, about an inch in. There are two plastic tabs that hold the fuel lines to the filter. Just pop them out (don't use tools). You may need to push them through with something small like a screwdriver, just don't use the tool on the fuel line fittings and be careful with those lines with anything sharp.

Before you disconnect the lines from the filter, you might want to relieve the fuel system pressure. Although you can relieve the fuel pressure by popping the inertia switch and keying the ignition, I generally just pull the lines off. Just be sure to wear safety goggles and be ready for some gas to spurt. This is normal. The clamp holding the filter is just one screw (like regular hose clamps). Wiggle the filter backward. Put your new one in (make sure the flow arrow is pointing toward the engine). Reattach the fuel lines to the filter, pop in new tabs (always), and you're good to go. I just did mine again last week.

The whole deal takes about 10 minutes and could be done by a kid. Have fun!

AnswerYou will need to jack up the RR (right rear) corner of the vehicle to reach it. The fuel filter is fastened with a big clamp to the right side frame rail, close to the fuel tank, just ahead of the RR wheel.

Disconnect fuel lines:

  • On 1986-1999 models, use a small flat screwdriver to remove the two plastic clips from the lines attached to the filter.
  • On 2000+ models use a different type of 'snap' connector. There is a specialized fuel-line disconnect tool- a small round plastic device that slips onto the fuel line and presses into the clip to release. Rather inexpensive.

    It is very likely you can simply squeeze the connectors with small pliers while pulling the line out.

  • Be careful! The lines may be under pressure, and fuel may spray out as you unplug the first line from the filter.

Use a flat screwdriver, or 5/16 nut-driver to loosen the clamp from the body of the filter to remove old filter


  • Mount the new filter into clamp & tighten (not too much - just snug)

    Be sure the 'flow' arrow is pointing towards the engine

  • for early model years, insert the new plastic line clips that are in the box with the filter into the lines and then plug the lines onto the filter until you hear them click in place.
  • For 2000+ models, push line onto filter end until you hear them click in

Done :)

  • watch out for dripping gas - be prepared with rags & small container.
  • Chilton's recommends 30,000 mile replacement - 15K under severe conditions
  • Cost is about $10-15
  • Test: blow into it - the more back-pressure, the more plugged up it is
  • ** used mouthwash before kissing loved ones or smoking after conducting fuel filter test
Releasing Fuel Pressure
  • Release the fuel pressure using a fuel pressure gauge or disconnecting power to inertia switch located in the jack compartment at the right rear of the van.

If inertia switch disconnect method is used, start the car and let it run until it dies on its own. This will burn most of the fuel in fuel line.

AnswerIf I remember correctly, if's toward the baclk of the car just forward of the right (passenger side) rear wheel. You'll need a flat bladed screwdriver to remove the clips from the quick-disconnect (look at the clips that came with the new filter) and an 8mm or 5/16 nut driver for the mounting clamp. A socket, short extension, and small ratched can be used instead of a nut driver. The flat bladed screwdriver might also work, but you might spring a blood leak near your fingertips, and fuel makes the leak feel somewhat burney.

Do not use an incandescent work light if you do not like fire. Releiving fuel pressure before commencing work is strongly suggested. Don't allow your face to be within 3 feet of the filter when disconnecing lines.

Special tip: Coat the body of the new filter with some sort of grease before you install it. Tortoise fuel filters tend to corrode and leak after time which can lead to stalling, fuel loss, fire, and/or environmental harm.

Answerif it is fuel injected find the fuel injector and trace the line until u find it I think it is located on the passenger side in front of the rear tire AnswerUnder the car near the gas tank AnswerJust in front of the rear wheel on the passenger side. AnswerUsually around the R/R of the vehicle or L/R by the tires look for a metal cover with a hose clamp around it hope that works. James:) AnswerInside the passenger side rear wheele well. AnswerUnder the vehicle, fastened to the passenger's frame rail near the fuel tank. To replace it you have to loosen the clamp that holds it in place, remove the 2 plastic fuel line clips that hold the lines on and install a new filter. When you reinstall the fuel lines, put the clips back in the fuel lines first, then click them onto the filter necks. You should make sure you have new clips when you buy the new filter. They should be in the box, but sometimes they are not, and you have to get them separately. AnswerIt is located in front of the Right rear wheel. I would suggest a floor jack, jack stand and a Phillips and a small strait blade screw driver and a coffee can or small bucket to catch the fuel. Start under the hood, on the fuel injection rail, there is a schrader valve like on your tires, un-cap it and use the small screw driver to vent the fuel pressure. Next jack the rear right corner of the vehicle, and put the vehicle on a jack stand. Next place the can and tools near the rear tire, and slide under the right side of the car, in front of the rear wheel. Located near the fender just in-front of the rear wheel you will see the filer assembly. It is held in place by a hose clamp type mounting bracket, it should be a strait blade screw, but might be a Phillips. Loosen it until the filter is loose in the bracket. Next locate the wishbone clip, it is white or blue plastic, near the end of the fuel filter towards the front of the vehicle. Gently slide the small flat screw driver under the center of the clip, and pry upwards until the clip comes out to the first stop, not all of the way out of the line. Next gently pull the line away from the filter, some fuel will spill, so have the can under you work as you pull apart the line and filter. Next slide the filter out of the clamp. Next remove the rear or supply side whishbone clip in the same manner. Use caution if your filter is plugged, there may be considerable pressure on the line on this side, up to 60 psi, safety glasses might be recommended. Once the clip is in the out position, gently pull the line and filter appart. If there is any great resistance to sepperating the line from the filter, you do not have both sides of the whishbone clip sepperated try again. To re-install the new filter reverse the process, except do not forget to return the cap to the schrader valve on the fuel rail under the hood. Once you finish, cycle the ignition key from off to run several times slowly, a minute in each position, to re-pressurize the fuel lines. This will allow the injectors to have full fuel pressure before you try to start the car.

On the frame rail!

Answerbuy a chiltons or haynes manual. Tells you how to do it and the books are available at most auto parts stores for around 15.00 AnswerI just did this on my 1994 Taurus and here's what worked for me. To trip the inertia switch, I located the switch in the trunk, on the driver's side. I pulled back the carpeting a bit (no need to remove), and there is an access hole large enough to put a screwdriver through. I used the handle end of the screwdriver to give the switch body a small whack, and the white switch button popped up. I then went and cranked the motor a few times to relieve any fuel pressure.

I then located the fuel filter in front of the passenger side wheel well, a few inches in from the frame rail. Its not very accessible and was partially hidden by a bracket and there was a wire loom in the way, but I've dealt with harder to access areas before. I did not have to jack up the car at all, I just worked on it in the parking lot.

I felt around with my fingers and found the plastic U-clips that have to be removed. I was able to remove one by yanking really hard on it, and the other I had to pry out with a screwdriver. The plastic clips are destroyed in the process, but the new fuel filter came with new clips.

I pulled out the front fitting from the fuel filter. A good amount of fuel came running out. Although I had relieved the pressure (nothing really squirted), there is a goodly amount of fuel in the lines and in filter itself. I then removed the rear fitting. More fuel.

I then loosened the hose clamp that squeezes the old fuel filter in the bracket. I spent about 10 minutes trying to wrangle the old filter out, I had to push it towards the back of the car and up to try to get it out.

I put the new white clips into the fuel hose fittings. I then went to install the filter in the bracket, and instead of trying to manipulate the filter up and back (reversing how I removed it), instead, I just completely unscrewed the hose clamp, and bent down the metal bracket that supports the fuel filter. The filter popped right in, I bent the bracket back up, and re-threated the hose clamp. After I made sure it was firmly in place, I popped on the front and the rear fittings. They snapped into place easily.

I went back to the trunk and pressed the reset on the interia switch. I then hopped inside and cranked the engine. Some advice I heard was to cycle the ignition key a few times (but not to the START) position, and this would pressurize the fuel system. It didn't seem to do anything. I then turned the key to START and it cranked for maybe 15 - 20 seconds before it caught. While it was running, I checked for leaks, and everything was fine.

I took it for a test drive, and frankly, the performance was definitely improved. It felt like a new car (has 175,000 miles, and I don't know if the fuel filter was ever replaced).

The total time was 45 minutes. I think that next time it will take me 10 minutes or so, now that I know the trick about the bracket and I know how to trip the interia switch.

I hope this helps someone.

AnswerDriver side, underneath, on the frame, about midway up the car.

Side Note: Make sure your car is OFF when you're replacing fuel filter and you remove your gas cap (to remove pressure from tank)

AnswerIt is on the passenger side about under the *rear* seat, mounted to the frame-rail. It's held in place by a clamp (5/16th nut driver)

The hoses are connected with small plastic inserts. The new filter will come with new ones so you can see how they work from those - hint: small bladed screw driver to help pry them up - be gentle as they like to break off!

AnswerIt is inline. Trace the fuel line from the tank to the engine and you will find it under the car about under the seats, You may need special tools which are cheap at the parts store. AnswerMost likely it is on the passenger side about under the *rear* seat. It's held in place by a clamp (5/16th nut driver) and the hoses are connected with small plastic inserts. The new filter will come with new ones so you can see how they work from those - hint: small bladed screw driver to help pry them up - be gentle as they like to break off! Answerpassenger side engine bay, follow the fuel lines, 2 clips, and a hose clamp.

I have a 1987 Taurus MT-5 and mine is located about 1 foot in front of the rear passenger tire. It's right near the side of the car.

AnswerUnder the car, in the fuel line, midway between the engine and the fuel tank. AnswerThe hoses are held on by plastic clips.make sure you see how the clips are attached before removing them.Have a drain pan ready to catch gas that will run out and NO SMOKING!!!Your new fuel filter should come with two new clips. make sure the clips are properly installed after you install the new filter.Happy Motoring!! AnswerYou will need to jack up the RR corner of the vehicle to reach it. The fuel filter is fastened with a big clamp to the right side frame rail, close to the fuel tank, just ahead of the RR wheel. Use a small flat screwdriver to remove the two plastic clips from the lines attached to the filter. Be careful, the lines are under pressure, and there will be fuel that will spray out as you unplug the lines from the filter. Use a flat screwdriver to loosen the clamo from the body of the filter and then you can remove and replace the filter. Install the new plastic line clips that are in the box with the filter into the lines and then plug the lines onto the filter until you hear them click in place.
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