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I am putting the updated fuel pump in my 2001 cougar ,but having difficulty removing the old pump locking ring. I tried a razor blade, box cutter and other cutters, with no success. Any ideas, or does anyone know where I can buy the special tool?
 

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These are the Ford instructions that show the tool needed and how to cut the ring out.





That being said, it's going to be difficult to find that 20 year old tool. There are actually three of them on Ebay - the cheapest one is $224.00.....

I just did this job on my SVT Contour and was able to reach down in and just slide a razor blade along the bottom of the tank to cut the ring out. It wasn't easy but it's definitely possible. It's almost a rubbery plastic and softer than the tank material, so a soft flat razor blade cuts right through it.

Here are some pictures of mine after I cut it out as well.


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