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Old 09-26-2010, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2005 fuel filter retaining clips broken - replacements don't fit?

I replaced the fuel filter in my 2005 3.0 OHV Taurus and the clips broke when replacing the filter.

The clips that came with the autozone filter were fatter and not as wide, and didn't really fit right. I went to the store and bought a Dorman ford clip pack - 5/16" and 3/8".

As it turns out these are basically the same thing as the clips that came with the filter.

Should I just force these Dorman clips in however I can and it will be ok? I don't see ford OEM clips for sale anywhere.

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I know the dealerships have these clips, but others on here have found another(cheaper) source. Do a search for gen4 fuel filter clips.
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Better yet, just search fuel filter clips.
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Many Ford dealers have them, it's just you can't find the part # on Motorcrafts website! I bought mine from the dealer, after fighting with the parts counter person, I asked for a mechanic. I don't have the part #, but I know most dealers have them. The parts counter will try to sell you the whole fuel line, so it's best to talk to a service adviser. It's ridiculous of Ford to screw Taurus/Windstar owners like this when it comes to a part needed for a simple maint task like a fuel filter.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I hate to admit it.. I used zip ties. 12,000 miles troublefree so far!
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Try NAPA. When I replaced my fuel filter I went with a NAPA filter and the clips that came with it worked.
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I also used standard cable ties as a temp fix until I
got the Dorman clips.

Here are the Ford OEM clips

7L3Z-9S317-A for the 5/16"

7L3Z-9S317-B for the 3/8"
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I used the smallest size hose clamps and they hold it all together.
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Was it the Dorman !Help! pack part#800023 you used? Others have said the skinny clip was contained in it. I have the ford part#s as follows: wide tank side - #4f1z-9a317aa for about $10. Skinny eng. side - #2f1z-9a317ba for about $7. Someone else claimed to source the clips from napa? Good luck.
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Was it the Dorman !Help! pack part#800023 you used? Others have said the skinny clip was contained in it. I have the ford part#s as follows: wide tank side - #4f1z-9a317aa for about $10. Skinny eng. side - #2f1z-9a317ba for about $7. Someone else claimed to source the clips from napa? Good luck.
Let me add this:

4f1z9a317aa, tank side, this is the lower of the two interlocking clips. It is not the complete set. I haven't found the ford part number for the upper clip. Ford says upper clip comes with the fuel line. Is this true?

2f1z9a317aa: Engine side clips are available from NAPA NCK11, WIX WCK 11, Auto Zone also carries Dorman clips. All work well.
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