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I am reading all these horror stories about breaking clips makes me very weary of doing this myself. I have checked prices and the filter is about 10 bucks but cost around 55-65 to have a shop do it.
 

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Don't be fooled......the job can be a real bear. You have to jack the rear end way up to get enough maneuver room. The connections at the filter can be clogged with dirt and crap (mine were). This makes getting the clip loose very difficult.....without breaking anything. Then the lines can be stuck on the filter (mine were). If you break anything, you're going to require a tow to the dealer.

It can be a nasty job.....took me two hours.
 

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^^^I dont have a dura but mine was pretty simple, just took a little while because I was being careful.
 

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Well I changed mine on my 2000 focus about a year ago, seeing as how my car is 5 years older than yours, or Bluefronts car, you would think that it would be harder to replace the fuel filter due to dirt build up and what not. But the undercarriage of my car is surprisingly clean and I had no problems switching out the fuel filter, it only took me maybe 30 minutes max. I guess it all depends on the condition of the vehicle and the dexterity of ones hands.
 

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If you have a Duratec it is very simple. The clips have a wide spot on them that you press in on. While pressing in on that, you pull out and it comes off. Much easier than the older style clips.
 

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It’s not that bad/hard. Just get under there and look at what you’re going to do before you do it. I was hesitant about doing mine, until I actually started the job.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to have some safety glasses just in case, you never know, I am sure gas in the eye sucks.
 

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Take your time be gentle and you will be fine doing it. Took me about 45 min. and a mouthful of gas ugh.
 

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just do it!

if you afraid of this itll stop you from doing more in the future.

the way i see it is...well if it breaks its not like a destroyed my car.
though i always allow for 50% more time than what i initially think. cause shithappens right before you make progress.

ohh and make sure you pull the FP relay so you dont go swimming in a pool of gas.
 

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lol I'm at 67,000 miles and I don't think mine has ever been changed. oops maybe i should get that done soon.....
 

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I am sure gas in the eye sucks.
yes it does my freind....dont forget to take the gas cap off ( releases pressure)

and JPIMPIN" HURRY UP AND CHANGE IT!!! when I bought my car it had 40k..i pulled the old filter out and tried to blow through it and it was damn near clogged!
 

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Another thing is how hard is it to change auto trans fluid and spark plugs? I have a mits lancer and the spark plugs were very easy to change as to they were all four right on top.
 

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spark plugs are easy if you have sockets that can reach.
the tranny fluid takes more time. i would argure that you should tackle the fuel filter first(to asses your skills and confidence) but all it is :
bring to temp
unscrew line that bolts into the tranny on the driver side
drain fluid while car idles
screw line in and refil.
 

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Also, it’s not a bad idea to have some safety glasses just in case, you never know, I am sure gas in the eye sucks.
Thats for sure....found that one out the first time I changed mine out. I think the first time took about a half hour but I took my time. I think I can do it in about 5 minutes now start to finish, maybe 10 if you count dropping the wrench a couple times and throwing it across the garage.
 

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Is there anything special I should know about the clips. The clips seem to be the hardest part. Also how many lines will I be removing?

Thanks.
 

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^^ Nothing hard about the lines. All you have to do is press on the flat white spot and pull. It will come off. Ignore the clips that come with the filter if you get any. Those are the old style.

<--- Has O5

I hate fuel personally, but it has to be done.

To change the AT filter is the same as changing any other AT filter. I highly recommend one of the AT fluid drain pumps to help drain the fluid when you change the filter. Keep in mind that you don't drain all the fluid when doing a filter change. After removing fluid from the pan, remove the pan using a kitty litter box to catch drips. Clean the old gasket off the transmission and pan without using a plastic scraping tool if needed. The filter pulls straight off- only an O ring holds it on. Install the new filter, put the gasket on the pan, and install the pan. Fill with 2 qts, start engine, check fluid level, add as needed. I forget how much you need for a filter change- sorry.
 
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