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Old 07-08-2003, 09:25 AM
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Ford spring lock fuel line coupling question

I am in the process of replacing the head gaskets on my wife's 88 Cougar w/3.8 fi V6. I've got the throttle body off and needed to disconnect the fuel lines (3/8 & 1/2) so I can get the fuel rail off. I bought the special tool (little scissor kind) from NAPA for disconnecting the spring lock fuel line fittings. The problem is, the spring lock won't release when I push the tool into the fitting. I push the fitting together till it clicks, then insert the tool until it clicks, and then try to pull the lines apart, but they won't release. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any info.

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once you slip the collar of 'the tool' into the spring 'O', it should wiggle a bit and slip apart, might need a little force, but not much....... theres only one way for it to go on properly, so that shouldn't be a problem..... dont forget to depressurize your fuel line first..... being an 88 model,if it hasn't been apart before, you may have to do a little more wiggling, just use the 'tool' to pull it apart.....ie, slip it into the O and pull while holding the tool in hand with a firm grip.....
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Quote: I bought the special tool (little scissor kind)

is this a little round job that springs apart in the middle, with a little collar in the center to displace the o spring?
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spring lock tool

Thanks Larry. No the tool is not the little plastic round one. It is metal with 4 different sizes depending on how you position the scissors. Two of the sizes are 3/8" and 1/2" which are the sizes I need. Another scissor type tool came in the package, but it is for A/C line connections. Evidently the tool is not fully disengaging the spring inside the fitting.
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work that booger around, its bound to work..... if it dont, take it back and get the (what id call, i dont know what the scissor deal costs, but the one i bought was a little hi i thought for "plastic") expensive plastic pos., i know it works......
i have a 3.8l too, is that the engine called the essex i wonder?
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it might be engaging, but like i said, the fitting is probably a little tight from never being apart(stuck), also just to be sure, are alll the little fuel line clips disengaged? theres like 2 or 3 if i recall correctly......
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