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Fuel Filter help

I am going to change my fuel filter today (first time for me).
I have the late 1999 f250.

Any chance of a good write up or video on how to change the fuel filter?
i understand it is easy (according to what I have read) but I am a visual learner.

Also what brand is best?

I read a lot of people like Motorcraft but how about others such as Puralator?

Puralator has a cap that can be removed by inserting a socket wrench into it (I like that). The one that is one mine right now looks kinda like a star. It may be easy to come off, but if it isn't, I doubt it will be fun.

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I changed mine last week. Was easy. The star-looking thing is just an 8 point square, 1/2" drive ratchet will work fine.

Seems simple, remove plastic dust shield, remove fitler cover/filter/o-rings, install new filter/cover/o-rings, install plastic cover, start truck, check for leaks, make note in mileage log, drive away. I was worried myself, but it's super easy. Caused myself alot of un-due stress over it...


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Most all the newer filters come with the lid attached. If yours is seperate now save the lid in case they ever go back to no lid. Remove the plastic cover then rotate yellow lever at the base of the housing on the back side. This lever is the fuel bowl drain. The end of the drain is about 1/2 way down on the passenger side front of the engine. I attach a longer hose on it so I can drain the fuel into a container, otherwise it will be everywhere. Once you drain the bowl remove the lid. You can use a strap wrench, 1/2 ratchet or the handles from a pair of channel locks depending on which lid you have. After the lid is off pull the filter out if it wasn't attached to the lid. I only use Motorcraft or WIX Gold filters from Napa. Take new filter and install the orings in the correct position and tighten the new lid down. Close the drain valve and turn the key on. This will fill the fuel bowl up. Check for leaks around the lid. If it all looks good fire it up, check for any leaks again. Put plastic cover back on and repeat in 10K.

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