How to Replace a Fuel Filter in a Ford Taurus

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The fuel filter in your Ford Taurus screens out dirt and rust particles from the fuel. Some mechanics recommend that you replace the fuel filter every 30,000 miles, or with every tune up, to keep the fuel system in your Taurus efficient. Follow the instructions below to replace the fuel filter in your Ford Taurus in about 30 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • New fuel filter
  • Standard screwdriver
  • Disconnect the negative battery cable and locate the fuel filter. In a Taurus with a V-6 engine, the fuel filter is under the car in front of the rear wheel on the passenger side. In a Taurus with a 4-cylinder engine, the fuel filter is on the passenger side of the engine compartment.

  • Let the pressure out of the fuel system by gradually unscrewing the fuel tank fill cap. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the white clip near where the fuel line and filter meet. Pull the fuel lines off of both ends of the filter.

  • Loosen the filter-retaining clamp, then take the fuel filter out of it. Replace it with the new filter. Check to make sure the arrow on the fuel filter points toward the engine. Tighten the filter-retaining clamp.

  • Put the fuel lines back on the filter, pushing them on to the fittings until you hear a click on both ends. Put the white clip back on the fuel line and snap it into place. Tighten the fuel tank cap. Connect the negative battery cable. Check for fuel leaks when you start your Ford Taurus.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before you disconnect the fuel lines, you must let the pressure out of the fuel system. Take care to prevent fuel from spraying on your skin, face or eyes.
  • Wipe up any fuel that may have spilled on your Taurus as you were replacing the filter.

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