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Old 06-02-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Removing Ford E-450 fuel filter housing

I've been doing some 100,000 mile updates to my 2000 Powerstroke 7.3L diesel and the fuel filter rebuild is next on the list. Have any of you removed yours from a van chassis? The bloody thing is so buried it looks like I may need some C4 to get it out of there.
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Old 06-02-2018, 12:01 PM   #2
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I can loan you some if that will help.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:22 PM   #3
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You ever get it out? It is on my to do list.
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I have done it but not on an E-series. I can imaging it's not going to be easy. Here is a video reference on a truck........

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Old 08-27-2018, 10:59 PM   #5
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The E-450/7.3L combo finally defeated me.

I started out with a rebuilt fuel bowl and two new head fuel lines to install. I was able to get at the two bolts holding the bowl to the HPOP and (after removing the turbo) could get a wrench on the two head fuel line fittings at the bowl. I could unhook the fuel return line and could get a wrench on the fuel inlet fitting but had no room to actually turn the bloody wrench. I could see the head fuel line fitting on the driver's side head but couldn't get a wrench on it.

After an afternoon of cursing and swearing I finally gave up and left the old parts where they were. I did find where one of the head fuel lines was chafing on the HPOP and put a bit of protection on it so it doesn't wear through and an exhaust leak got fixed at the turbo outlet so it wasn't a total SNAFU but if there's ever a problem with those parts the dealer will get the honor of replacing them.

I've driven vans most of my adult life and the one thing I hated about each and every one of them was working on the effing engines. I think they were created to test our patience and tenacity.


Rebuilding the fuel bowl (once it's out) is a piece of cake. I bought a used one off ebay for forty bucks and rebuilt it so now I've got a spare.
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:59 AM   #6
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hmmm...think this one just dropped off my todo list, maybe just replace the fuel filter and call it good.
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Yikes. My ‘88 E-350 5.8l just has it zip-tied to a bracket on the left frane rail.
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Yikes. My 88 E-350 5.8l just has it zip-tied to a bracket on the left frane rail.

The 7.3l fuel bowl is a multi-purpose animal. It does the filtering, water separating, fuel pressurizing and fuel delivery to the heads. On an F series pickup working on it is a breeze but the van bodies make removing/replacing one a royal PITA.
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The 7.3l fuel bowl is a multi-purpose animal. It does the filtering, water separating, fuel pressurizing and fuel delivery to the heads. On an F series pickup working on it is a breeze but the van bodies make removing/replacing one a royal PITA.
I have a '97 T444e. I can't find the water separator near the fuel filter. Is it because mine is also sort of built into my fuel bowl?
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I have a '97 T444e. I can't find the water separator near the fuel filter. Is it because mine is also sort of built into my fuel bowl?

From what I could find online it looks like the T444e normally has just the filter in the fuel bowl for both fuel filtering and water separating. Some trucks/buses had the option of having a separate water separator in addition to the fuel bowl.
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