Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-1999 Repair Guide

Hairpin Clip Fitting



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Cutaway view of the hairpin clip fitting

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Fig. Fig. 2: When assembling the fitting, push the pipe into the fitting until a click is heard

Observe all applicable safety precautions when working around fuel. Whenever servicing the fuel system, always work in a well ventilated area. Do not allow fuel spray or vapors to come in contact with a spark or open flame. Keep a dry chemical fire extinguisher near the work area. Always keep fuel in a container specifically designed for fuel storage; also, always properly seal fuel containers to avoid the possibility of fire or explosion.

  1. Clean all dirt and grease from the fitting. Spread the two clip legs about 1 / 8 in. (3mm) each to disengage from the fitting and pull the clip outward from the fitting. Use finger pressure only; do not use any tools.
  3. Grasp the fitting and hose assembly and pull away from the steel line. Twist the fitting and hose assembly slightly while pulling, if the assembly sticks.
  5. Inspect the hairpin clip for damage, replacing the clip if necessary. Reinstall the clip in position on the fitting.
  7. Inspect the fitting and inside of the connector to ensure freedom from dirt or obstruction. Install the fitting into the connector and push together. A click will be heard when the hairpin snaps into the proper connection. Pull on the line to insure full engagement.