I tried replacing my fuel filter yesterday and the ends of it broke off in the lines. It turns out the little steel spacer collar inside the fitting was siezed to the old filter. Well after 3 hours of trying to get the ends out I finally screwed a rat tail file into them and pulled them out. This of course pull the retaining springs/clips out of the fittings two. Well I went to Napa and picked up some retaining clips. I put one o-ring then the hard o-ring then another o-ring(bought new o-rings too) and finally the steel spacer back into each line(one exiting the gas tank and the one going to the engine). I am pretty sure that is the way it was assembled before. Well so far so good but then I tried putting the retaining clips into the lines. Is there some trick to this or do napa 10.5 mm clips not fit a ranger's lines? We struggled for 2 hours trying to get these things in but it is like they are too long and I tried cutting some off of one of them and then the filter would just pull the clip back out with it if you tugged on it. Do I need a tool to install these or just oem clips? Or am I screwed...please help I am without a car!
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