by Allen MooreUpdated on November 07, 2017
The 1998 Ford Escort relies on a canister-shaped fuel filter in the fuel line between the gas tank and the fuel rail to filter sediment and debris from the gasoline before it contaminates the fuel rail and the fuel rail. fuel injectors. Ford Motor Company recommends replacing this filter every 15,000 miles as part of your regular maintenance program. If you have some basic car maintenance skills and about 30 minutes of free time on your hands, you can replace the filter yourself and save the labor cost.
Starting the engine. Locate and remove the fuel system fuse from the fuel panel. Wait for the engine to stop, remove the key from the ignition, and then reinsert the fuse.
Open the hood and look to the rear of the engine well near the firewall to locate the fuel filter, which rises into the engine well at the fuel lines from the landing gear.
Slide the drop pan under the Escort so that it is directly under the fuel filter.
Pull the fuel line retention clips up and out of the ends of the fuel line where the fuel line connects to the fuel filter using the fuel line disconnect tool.
Pull the fuel lines from both ends of the filter by hand, remove the filter and place it on the drip pan. Connect the fuel lines to the new fuel filter, put the retaining clips back in position, and close the hood.
Turn the ignition key to the run position and wait for the fuel pump to finish running, which should take about ten seconds. Turn the key off and then return to the run position. After the pump cycles a second time, you can start the engine.
Dispose of the used fuel filter in accordance with local hazardous waste disposal laws. You can find out how to get rid of it at your local auto parts store or local fire station.
Never work on a fuel system while smoking or near open flames.