How to Locate the Fuel Filter on a Ford Explorer

by Grace Mclain
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The fuel filter is located in different areas on Ford Explorer models. The fuel filter is the main component in the fuel cleaning process. The gas flows into the fuel filter and the sediments from the fuel are trapped inside. The clean fuel is then released out of the outlet port of the fuel filter and back into the fuel line. The gas travels through the fuel line to the engine. The fuel filter on the Ford Explorer models needs to be replaced every 50,000 miles to 75,000 miles.

Step 1

Park the Ford Explorer on a level surface and shut the engine off. If the Ford Explorer is between 1990 and 2001, crawl under the driver's side of the Ford Explorer at the driver's side door.

Step 2

Locate the fuel filter that is inside of the driver's side frame rail. The fuel filter is in a round bracket and has one fuel line coming out of each end of the fuel filter. The fuel filter will need to be replaced by using a fuel line quick disconnect tool that you can buy at most auto parts stores.

Step 3

Crawl under the Ford Explorer on the passenger's side for Explorer models made after 2001. The fuel filter is under the passenger's side door near the front wheel well. There is a metal heat guard that is bolted over the fuel filter. Remove the bolts and nuts from the heat guard with a 3/8 inch ratchet and a socket.

Step 4

Remove the fuel filter with a fuel line quick disconnect tool and put the heat guard back over the fuel filter..

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