Replacing a Fuel Filter on a 1999 Ford Contour

by Gregory Crews; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Flat tip screwdriver

  • Rag

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

The 1999 Ford Contour uses an in-line fuel filter to rid the fuel system of any debris and sediment that may be floating through the fuel line. The fuel filter needs to be replaced to ensure the Ford Contour gets optimal fuel economy and power. The fuel filter should be replaced every 30,000 to 40,000 miles to ensure the fuel lines stay clean.

Twist the gas cap off the fuel door. This will relieve the pressure in the fuel tank.

Open the hood to relieve the pressure in the fuel line. Locate the Schrader valve along the fuel rail. The Schrader valve will have a red plastic cap covering it. Pull the cap off the valve and press a screwdriver onto the tip in the valve. This will release fuel. Take the screwdriver away once the valve stops squirting fuel. Clean up the excess fuel with a rag.

Locate the filter underneath the car. The filter is located in front of the passenger side rear wheel, tucked away in the frame rail.

Pull up on the locking tabs holding the fuel lines to the filter. Pull the fuel lines away from the filter.

Loosen the clamp with a flat tip screwdriver. Pull the filter away from the car.

Place the new fuel filter up into the clamp. Ensure the arrow on the filter is pointing toward the front of the car. The arrow indicates fuel flow through the filter. Tighten the clamp to secure the filter.

Push the fuel lines onto the fuel filter. Push the lines on until they lock in place.

Start the car to ensure the fuel lines are not leaking. The car may not start right away so turn the key to the "start" position. Allow the fuel pump to run for the 3 seconds the fuel pump is designed for at start-up. Do not start until the fuel pump is through with its cycle.

Allow the car to run long enough to inspect the fuel lines around the new filter. Turn the car off.

Tip

  • The fuel filter can be purchased at any local automotive parts store.

Tip

  • Use caution working around fuel. Gasoline is highly flammable and toxic.

About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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