Made a huge tactical error yesterday replacing the fuel filter on my 05 Taurus and did not realize I needed a tool to release fuel line from fuel filter on the side going to engine. Was using old Haynes manual that illustrated using small screwdriver to remove retaining clip which was correct on fuel pump side of filter, doing that on fuel line side broke both of the retaining clips which has presented a huge problem that I hope someone can help me with.
Went to a few auto parts store yesterday and no one had the clips I needed so I visited local Ford Dealer this morning who informed me that I needed a tool to slip over fuel line that would release pressure on the clips allowing the line to be disconnected from the filter. Bad news is parts guy said the retaining clips are part of the fuel line and not sold separately.
Ford dealer is happy to sell me a new fuel line for $200, not my first choice.
Has anyone made this same stupid mistake and were you able to get the two retaining clips from somewhere?