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Fuel Filter Change Design?
Hoped I'd find an easy answer searching but didn't come up with anything...
The last maintenance item on my new-to-me '05 Excursion was to install the OEM fuel filters. Part # on Motorcraft box is 3C3Z-9N184-CB.
The old and new filters were identical in the engine bay fuel filter housing, so no question there.
When I got the old filter out of the frame rail mounted housing, it was clear that my old filter did not match my new filter. The ends that install in the housing first were very different. I attempted to install the new filter despite the difference and it appears to have fit. Better yet, the vehicle started and has been running fine a few days now.
The pic below is of the old filter that I removed. I did not get a pic of the new filter before installing. The end of the filter that you see in this pic is very different on my new filter.
Was there a design change, or did I get the wrong fuel filter?
And here's a pic of the new '05. 119k miles. Grill protector on the front may be coming off; not sure I like it, it's covering up the best part of the '05.