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Seriously? No fuel filter??

So, just lately we've been having some acceleration issues with our '17 T-350, 3.7. Only happens after about an hour or so of highway driving; it's as if something is speed-limiting us, today down to 45 max. After a sit and a rest for a little while, it's all good again.

Every vehicle I've ever owned that's exhibited something like that, it's been gunk floating around in the fuel filter. So I took it into the stealership today, and evidently this truck has NO fuel filter. We've only got just under 20K on this van, but because it's a salvage title we're looking at cash money to have it diagnosed, 120 George Washingtons. I declined. Hit an Auto Zone and bought 2 pints of fuel cleaner, dumped those into a half-empty tank, and then topped up the tank with premium, we'll see if that helps. The guy at Auto Zone confirmed that there truly is no fuel filter available for it.

I'm still thinking we got some bad gas; but even if I'm right, just how does the engine protect itself from crap in the gas tank??

With my luck, when my ship comes in I'll be at the airport.
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So I took it into the stealership today, and evidently this truck has NO fuel filter... The guy at Auto Zone confirmed that there truly is no fuel filter available for it.
My 2018 Transit Owner’s Manual states, "Your vehicle is equipped with a lifetime fuel filter that is integrated with the fuel tank. Regular maintenance or replacement is not needed."
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You could always put another in if you are paranoid. You're just be a sharp knife and a couple hose clamps away from your very own secondary inline filter!

A plastic tank means no rust so you shouldn't need it but who knows, maybe the integrated one failed?
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Fuel station standards and filtration are actually quite good. So really in tank for lifetime is very doable in my opinion. Not like the old days. If you were filling up off drums or in sketchy stations maybe consider a strainer funnel. But that would be slow.

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Then there is there is the 150,000 mile transmission fluid changes, The Transit was not built to last forever.

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Our Ford Fusion went to 350,000 miles without a single fuel filter change. Engine ran like it was new when we traded the car in. I suspect the OP has something in his tank causing an issue.

The vanlifer from Kombi [email protected] had the same issue as you, and eventually found something in the tank that would occasionally get sucked up by the fuel pump.
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If it happens every time you drive it it might be heat related , like once you drive long enough to warm up the heat starts to effect something like spark plugs , catalytic converter or some other component.
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Likely causes:
Bad fuel pump
Plugged exhaust(cat is failing)
Puzzling is it waits for an hour before acting up
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Do Transits have a port to attach a fuel psi guage?
DO Transits have a vacuum port to attach a vacuum guage?
A infra red thermometer gun could tell you if your catalytic converter is overheating.
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