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1st fuel filter change complete

I just finished my first fuel filter change on my 6.7. If ford has improved one thing it is the ease of doing a fuel filter change. From start to finish 20 minutes. Of course I had luxuary of using my F.D. shop, which has a pit that I can park over. No more worrying about getting a bath under the truck, pop a few connection under the hood, cycle the key 6 times for 30 seconds each time and your done.
The one thing I would suggest, is make sure you loosen the bottom filter cover 3 complete turns BEFORE you open the drain. You will lose a lot less fuel, and not give your self a bath. Watch the guy on you tube that doesn't do that. By turning it 3 times it won't drain from the tank, just the bowl that the filter sits in. The guy on the video let it drain for 5 minutes and still got a bath because it was draining straight from the fuel tank. I only had to let it drain for maybe a minute and a half and didn't spill a drop.
You need a 7mm socket to loose the clamp on the top filter twist the filter counter clockwise and pull it out. The original top filter comes with 3 connnections, but the replacement only has 2. The third one isn't being used and I can only assume it was used at the factory to prime the system on the inital start up.
Thanks Ford for improving that over the that rail mounted 6.4 filter.

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it sounds so much more complicated. i dont get my 6.7 till next week to see for sure. i know with the 6.0 and 6.4 they are in very tight spots but with a 36mm socket and extension it came out fairly easy

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it sounds so much more complicated. i dont get my 6.7 till next week to see for sure. i know with the 6.0 and 6.4 they are in very tight spots but with a 36mm socket and extension it came out fairly easy
I changed the filters on my 6.4 and thus 6.7 is a breeze. Like I said above the trick is loosening that bottom filter container first, then open the drain. Watch the video on you tube.

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i will, i cant wait to go pick it up

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It's really easy. I hand the guy my keys, pour a cup of coffee, and before I'm done he's handing me the keys back LOL. I'm glad yours was a pleasant experience. I've heard horror stories about doing them from several people.

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It's really easy. I hand the guy my keys, pour a cup of coffee, and before I'm done he's handing me the keys back LOL. I'm glad yours was a pleasant experience. I've heard horror stories about doing them from several people.
Yea that definitely is easier lol, but im not putting this thing back to stock every time the oil or fuel filters need changing, plus I save myself about 80 bucks which is better off in my pocket.


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Years ago I would agree. These days I'm tired of wrenching for general maintenance.

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I would like to do mine myself, but I'm still worried about breaking the bowl on the frame mounted filter. Every time I get underneath my truck and try to loosen it up, it feels like the plastic is going to break before the threads break loose. Its starting to anger me greatly

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I would like to do mine myself, but I'm still worried about breaking the bowl on the frame mounted filter. Every time I get underneath my truck and try to loosen it up, it feels like the plastic is going to break before the threads break loose. Its starting to anger me greatly
If you are using the right size socket and follow the lefty loosy rule hahaha, i assure you it will not break. It is plastic on metal threads so it will make some noise unscrewing it and it is a pretty tight fit. Also when putting it back on it, has a dead stop on the threads so you don't have to worry about over tightening it. Check this video out. It is pretty cut and dry.


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I broke mine frame rail cap.The 1 1/4 in nut snapped all around the base of it. Last time I put it on I might of put it too tight I don't know. Maybe if I had put Oil on the threads it wouldn't of. I had to make a stap wrench to get the cap off. I will use the strap wrench in the future as it removed the cap with no issues. Some others I've Googled are doing the same.

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