How to Change the Fuel Pump in a 2003 Ford Taurus

by Lucas NeslonUpdated November 07, 2017
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Motortrend Magaizine Online

Items you will need

  • 2 tire ramps or a jack

  • Pan or bucket

  • Safety goggles

  • Flat screwdriver

Having your car tuned up by a mechanic can be expensive and unnecessary. Many of the things a mechanic does you can do yourself. Changing your fuel filter is one of those things. Here is how you can change it in your 2003 Ford Taurus.

Find a flat surface in an area with plenty of ventilation. Since you will be working on the fuel line, and some fuel will inevitably spill, it is a good idea to do this outside or in a well-ventilated garage.

Back your car onto ramps, or lift it with a jack. If you are using a jack, make sure you are working on a hard, flat surface.

Relieve the fuel pressure. With your car still running, open the trunk and locate the inertia switch (emergency fuel shut-off). It is a little red button inside of your trunk.

Turn your ignition off (once the button is pushed, the engine will sputter and die).


Locate your fuel filter underneath the rear passenger door, attached to the frame.

Use your fingers or a screwdriver to remove the plastic clips from the fuel line going into each end of the filter.

Place the bucket or pan underneath the fuel filter.

Remove the fuel lines from each end of the fuel filter. Use a screwdriver to remove the bolt on the clamp holding the filter in place.

Place the filter into the clamp (paying attention to the flow lines on the new filter) and tighten the screw to secure the filter to the car frame.

Put the fuel line onto the filter and carefully fasten it with the new clips. Do not use your old clips--these will be brittle and can brake, causing your car to lose fuel.

Reset the inertia switch. It may take your car a few tries to start.


You should change your fuel filter every 25,000 miles, or as needed. Don't throw your filter in the trash; take it to a hazardous waste facility or to your parts store (they can recycle it for you).


Never replace your fuel filter without relieving the fuel pressure--serious injury can occur. When removing the fuel lines, do not look directly at the fuel filter, as gasoline will come out of it. Never reuse clips; they can brake and you can be left stranded because your fuel cannot make it from the tank to the engine.

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