The air, oil and fuel filters on your automobile are important to keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Regular maintenance of these filters helps avoid problems, especially those caused by dirty fuel from pumps. The debris from dirty gas builds up in your system and the filter helps remove them.
The more effective your fuel filter, the more trash and particulates it will capture. It is important to change it out regularly, at least once a year or every 10,000 miles. This is a small investment of a few dollars and 15 to 30 minutes that pays big dividends in fuel savings and engine performance for your F-150.
Before you start, ensure you have safety glasses, a fuel filter wrench, and the appropriate replacement filter. The steps are as follows:
- Locate the filter on the inner frame rails on the driver side. It looks like a very small can and has lines leading from the fuel tank.
- You first disconnect the filter retaining clips, pushing down on the top of the clip and sliding them forward.
- With the clip out of the way, insert the filter wrench over the nipple of the fuel filter. With a steady, moderate force, hold onto the wrench while pulling away the fuel line connector until it separates
- Repeat this on the other side, totally separating the filter from the lines.
- Remove the old filter and clip in the new one, making sure you have the fuel direction correct.
- Reconnect both ends of the fuel lines, making sure they are connected tightly.
- Reconnect both fuel lines and retainer clips and check for any leaks.
The process may be a little slow the first time you replace the filter, but you’ll quickly get comfortable with this important piece of maintenance.