A fuel filter prevents debris, sediment, particles and dirt from entering your fuel lines. Filter changes are part of responsible vehicle ownership, since a dirty filter can create major problems for your truck’s engine and longevity. In addition to preserving the condition of your fuel lines and engine, a clean fuel filter also improves your truck’s mileage and ability to run smoothly. The fuel filter on a 1995 Ford F-150 should be changed every 15,000 miles. Changing the filter yourself may be a realistic alternative to costly labor expenses.
Tools Used: Tools, Needle-nose pliers, Drip pan, Shop rags, Protective gloves, Safety goggles, KD 3321 Ford fuel filter tool
Replace the Fuel Filter
Depressurize the gas line by finding the fuel rail on the passenger side of your truck’s engine. By pressing the valve (called a “Schrader Valve”), the lines will release pressure. This prevents fuel from spraying and creating a hazardous situation during the fuel filter change.
Place the drip pan and other tools you will be using beneath the fuel filter location, which is under the driver’s seat of your truck. Be sure that the engine is cool before beginning this task, as hot gasoline can drip and cause an extremely dangerous situation during this procedure.
Remove the safety clip, which is clamped onto the filter at the end of the fuel line. If the clip does not easily squeeze off, use your needle-nose pliers to grasp it for removal. It is essential that you are wearing your safety glasses and protective gloves to prevent injuries.