Well Ford went and did it. The fuel
filter location has finally changed. For all of you pre-2005 owners,
the filter is no longer in front of the rear end. It has been moved
under a cover that is located on the driver-side under-body. The fuel
filter is listed on our website as Part# FG1083. I changed mine with
15,000 miles on it and the gas that came out was “nasty” to say
the least. I would try to change the filter every 15,000 miles. The
install is easy and quick. It is taking me longer to write this than
it took to change it out :) .
- Jack and jackstands
- 10mm socket and wrench
- Eye protection
Steps I followed:
Disconnect the battery before
starting install to insure you don't have your fuel pump on. Jack
up the front driver side of the vehicle. Support it with jackstands.
You can never be to careful !
Located the big black cover on the
under-body. It is located below the seat area. You can follow the
fuel lines from the tank.
The cover is held on by a few 10mm
nuts (pictured below) and a “push pin”. Once the nuts have been
removed and little prying action is required to pull the cover down
because of the “push pin”.
Once the cover is removed, you
will see the fuel filter. The new style filter doesn't require any
special tools for removal. Simply click the button (pictured
below...the left and right arrows) and pull. To keep from making a
mess with the fuel that will spray out, I put a rag under the
connectors before releasing them.
Simply unbolt the bracket holding
the filter in place (pictured above).Replace with new filter and
repeat above process in reverse.